Wichita shelter joins others in promising space for animals affected by Harvey

Hurricane Harvey may bring in some new residents to Kansas.

The Kansas Humane Society and Lawrence Humane Society are among two shelters in Kansas who may be receiving evacuated shelter animals from Houston.

“We have been in contact with the Houston SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals),” said Emily Griffin, director of marketing and communications with the Wichita society. “We have let them know and talked with them that housing animals here at our shelter is a possibility if they have need.

“At this time, they have not confirmed with us they have a need,” she said.

Animals shelters across the nation have offered space to the shelters affected by the hurricane.

Currently, Griffin said the Houston shelters don’t want to send recently displaced animals far away.

“Owners may be looking for them,” she said.

The Kansas Humane Society posted on its website: “The Kansas Humane Society is joining the effort to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey. KHS will be working directly with Houston SPCA to provide shelter and permanent homes for animals currently in their care, to free up space for pets that were displaced by the storms.

If you would like to help, we encourage you to please avoid donating tangible items as the immediate need for animal disaster assistance is monetary donations. You can give directly to Houston SPCA here: www.HoustonSPCA.org/give

We will have more information about which animals will be making their way to Wichita & how you can help them at a later time.”

Beccy Tanner: 316-268-6336, @beccytanner

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