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Monmouth SPCA Welcomes Dogs Rescued in Hurricane Harvey Relief Effort

One of seven shelters in New Jersey that have taken in dogs flown in from Houston, Texas, the Monmouth County SPCA is in the process of vetting them before putting them up for adoption. Credits: Monmouth County SPCA
Rosco was the first to deplane at Morristown Airport and go straight into the arms of Heather Cammisa, CEO of St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center, which spearheaded the animal rescue effort. Credits: St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center
Monmouth County SPCA posted on its Facebook page this image showing a dog abandoned in the Houston flood waters during Hurricane Harvey. Credits: Monmouth County SPCA

EATONTOWN, NJ — Monmouth County SPCA is among seven shelters in New Jersey that have taken in dogs flown in from Houston, Texas, as part of a Hurricane Harvey relief effort.

Spearheaded by St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center in Madison, the transport of 78 dogs to Morristown Municipal Airport on August 29 is the first animal flight to the Northeast from the area devastated by the hurricane.

 “The Monmouth County SPCA will take a portion of the dogs to our Eatontown location where they will be vetted and placed up for adoption within the next few weeks,” according to its Facebook page. “We are currently asking for donations of towels, sheets, toys and treats for these incoming dogs to keep them happy and comfortable after their long and scary journey.”

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The canine transport is part of St. Hubert’s Sister Shelter WayStation program. “Our hearts are with the people and animals of Texas, and we and our partners will continue to help in the days, weeks and months to come,” said Heather Cammisa, president and CEO of St. Hubert’s.

Cammisa founded the WayStation program, a coordination of 58 animal welfare organizations in the eastern United States. In the past year, this effort has helped nearly 4,000 canines, she said in a statement.

Organized by the Humane Society of the United States with support from Wings of Rescue, the airlift brought the dogs from the San Antonio Animal Care and Control, which is now assisting the Houston region with hurricane relief.

“These pets are incredibly lucky to get a second chance through St. Hubert’s and their WayStation partners,” Kim Alboum, Shelter Outreach and Policy Engagement Director at the Humane Society said in a statement. “We could not do this life-saving work without our placement partners and our rescue partners on the ground.”

St. Hubert’s is part of a national network of designated Emergency Placement Partners and the Humane Society, and responds to emergencies around the country to accept displaced animals or deploy experienced staff.

The welfare center has also assisted in the rescue of about 100 North Carolina dogs and cats displaced by Hurricane Matthew and 133 more canines left without homes following the 2016 California wildfires.

The other sister shelters scheduled to accept dogs include:

  • Animal Alliance in Belle Mead, N.J.
  • Animal Welfare Association in Voorhees, N.J.
  • Brandywine Valley SPCA in West Chester, Pa.
  • Delaware Humane Association in Wilmington, Del.
  • Father John’s Animal House in Lafayette, N.J.   
  • Humane Society for Greater Nashua in Nashua, N.H.
  • Mt. Pleasant Animal Shelter in East Hanover, N.J.
  • New Hampshire SPCA in Stratham, N.H.
  • Somerset County Animal Shelter in Bridgewater, N.J.
  • SPCA Serving Erie County in West Seneca, N.Y.
  • Toronto Humane Society in Toronto, Canada 
  • Voorhees Animal Orphanage in Voorhees, N.J.

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