Angels of Assisi takes in more than a dozen dogs, cats evacuated from Texas ahead of Hurricane Laura

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ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Thanks to a collaboration between various nonprofit organizations and a local animal shelter, 16 furry friends made the trip from Houston to Roanoke on Wednesday to escape the dangers of Hurricane Laura and to find new homes in the Commonwealth.

Angels of Assisi’s rescue team says they met with Wings of Rescue at the Richmond International Airport Wednesday, Aug. 26, to take in animals flown from Texas to Virginia through a partnership with the Petco Foundation ahead of Hurricane Laura.

“Animal shelters in Texas are already resorting to euthanizing animals ahead of the storm as many animals are living in outdoor kennels and risk drowning from high water levels,” Angels of Assisi wrote on Facebook Wednesday.

By Wednesday afternoon, the shelter posted a video of all the dogs and cats from Houston safely arriving in Richmond.

According to the shelter, all nine dogs and seven cats headed to Roanoke to settle in Wednesday evening before Angels of Assisi’s veterinarians start examining them in the coming week. The animals should reportedly be ready to find their “furever homes” in the next week or two.

As of 7:30 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 27, the two donation requests Angels of Assisi posted on Facebook Wednesday afternoon to help support animals rescued from natural disasters have amassed a total of $760.

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