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Area Pastor and Humanitarian Pilot Flies Relief to Victims of Harvey, Will Bring Rescue Dogs Back

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Home for Good Dog Rescue co-founder Richard Errico pictured with the Reverend Andrew Topp following a past rescue flight. Credits: Matthew Holowienka
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Rescue dog Blue, pictured with Saving Hope foster Brady Walker, will arrive in New Jersey on September 4. Credits: The Saving Hope Foundation
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BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ – The Reverend Andrew Topp, a New Jersey-based pastor and pilot, is set to fly to Texas where he will delivering humanitarian aid to victims of Hurricane Harvey and then return Morristown Municipal Airport with 30 displaced rescue dogs.

In 2007, the Reverend Topp of the First Reformed Church of Boonton founded the International Humanitarian Aid Foundation, which strives to provide assistance to those in need both locally and globally through a network of supporters, donors and volunteers.

"We try to respond to all needs that arise anywhere," Topp said. "So we've been able to respond to Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Sandy, Matthew in Haiti, and now, Harvey in Texas."

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The canine part of the effort comes through a joint initiative with Home for Good Dog Rescue.

“We are so privileged to work with Pastor Andy in support of both the people and the animals of Texas,” Richard Errico, Home for Good Dog Rescue’s co-founder and treasurer said. “In the past, he has flown clean water filters and other vital supplies to the people of Haiti and then brought our rescue dogs home on his return trip north. This venture will be our largest together.”

Every dog that flies northward this Labor Day will directly enter Home for Good Dog Rescue’s care to the time of adoption. 

“We are unique in that none of our dogs ever spends time in a shelter or kennel space in New Jersey,” Susan Strell, Home for Good’s Foster and Adoption Coordinator, explained. “All 30 dogs who arrive from Texas this week will immediately be placed with a well-trained volunteer family and then live in a loving domestic environment right up to the time of adoption.”  

Home for Good Dog Rescue has partnered with the Saving Hope Foundation, a non-profit organization based in Forth Worth dedicated to ending animal euthanasia, preventing abuse, offering discounts on vaccines, and facilitating adoptions. The Saving Hope Foundation medically treats and cares for the dogs to facilitate both new adoptions and reunions with families who may have become separated from their pets in the storm’s wake. 

To become a foster family for a rescue dog displaced by Hurricane Harvey, visit www.HomeforGoodDogs.org. The Dogs flown northward from Texas will arrive September 4 and will be available for adoption by September 9 at Home for Good Dog Rescue’s Seventh Annual “Bark-a-Que” & Dog Adoption Event, a large-scale public fun fair and animal rescue event to be held at Meisel Park in Springfield.

For more information about the work of the Reverend Andrew Topp and the International Humanitarian Aid Foundation, visit www.PastorAndy.us.

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