'Catastrophic flooding' hits Houston after Harvey's heavy downpour
Nearly 70 Hurricane Harvey refugees are expected to arrive in Wichita early Monday morning.
Three vans filled with dogs and cats left Houston Sunday headed for Wichita.
“Quite a few of them were owner surrender, some of them were already in Houston shelters since April and some have some pretty special needs,” said Randi Carter, spokeswoman with Beauties & Beasts 11th Hour Rescue in Wichita and owner of All Dogs Bark-N-Play, as she was en-route back to Wichita.
Carter said several of the animals had skin issues, mange and fleas and one has a broken knee and is pregnant. Some of the pets came from flood waters — those were owner surrendered.
The caravan of animals is expected to arrive in Wichita by 2 a.m. Monday.
Carter said Beauties and Beasts have partnered with the Kingman County Humane Society, Wellington Humane Society and Chasing Tails from Great Bend in taking care of the animals.
“Everybody has foster homes lined up,” she said.
The animals will then be placed for adoption.
Since the hurricane struck Houston, Kansas rescue groups are joining forces with others from across the nation in helping care for the animals.
The Kansas animal rescue groups arrived in the Houston area on Friday and helped set up kennels and delivered and unloaded supplies.
Carter said the groups are planning on making another trip in the next two to four weeks.
“It just depends on how many animals get left behind,” she said. “We hope they all get picked up.”