Animals have been some of the most vulnerable victims of Hurricane Harvey, but this week, Columbia Humane Society will see the arrival of 10 dogs from a Texas shelter.
The transfer of dogs will help free up space in shelters around the state to make space for pets displaced by disastrous floods.
"We have partnered with the Humane Society of the United States and will be getting our first group of adoptable dogs from Texas on Friday," Lisa Beggio, executive director of CHS, stated Wednesday.
The Columbia County no-kill shelter is no stranger to accepting animals from out of state. In the past, the St. Helens shelter has accepted dogs from Hawaii, California and even Israel through various programs that facilitate airline flights for dogs in areas where they face possible euthanization due to lack of shelter spaces.
"All the dogs we are getting will be dogs that have been sitting in the shelters in Texas awaiting homes," Beggio explained. "The effort now is to get those dogs out of the shelters to make room for the ones that have lost their homes due to the flooding."
Just before agreeing to be a partner shelter to accept dogs from Texas, CHS took in 17 dogs from Cowlitz County, Washington.
To help with the new arrival of dogs, the St. Helens shelter is asking for donations of bleach, quality dog food — which CHS describes as "any brand that does not have corn in the top three [ingredients]" — leashes, collars and any other items that might enrich the dogs' shelter stay.
"At this time we don't know what is in store for us with these kids," a social media post from CHS stated. "We know they will need love and a chance to settle in, we have no idea of the breed or the size of dogs that are coming, or when we will be able to release them for adoption. We do not know if they will be spayed or neutered or what any current medical conditions will be."