It’s not just people who need our help following Hurricane Harvey. Our furry friends also need assistance, and people locally are taking the initiative.
One effort starts at Tuxedo’s K9 in Irondequoit.
“My dogs are part of my family and so when I saw that I said I have to step in,” said owner Mark Patrick.
Patrick started collecting supplies after seeing images of animals in flooded areas in Texas.
“There’s been a lot of post about dogs that have been left tied out. People have had to abandon their homes and they left their dogs behind, you know, what’s going to happen to them?” said Patrick.
Ginelle Baker, a Fairport native, is joining Patrick in his effort.
Baker regularly transports dogs from Texas to the Rochester area. She’s heading down with the supplies soon.
“We’re taking blankets, dog food, cat food, crates… anything that people would like to donate,” said Patrick.
As Baker drops the supplies off, she will be picking up dogs who are in desperate situations. Using rented vans and a RV, she will make four stops before reaching Rochester over a nearly three-day trip.
“Along the way, there’s a group in Texarkana, Texas, a group in Tennessee,and a group in Cincinnati, Ohio,” said Baker. “They all come out and they help us walk and water and feed the dogs, so it’s a pleasant experience for them instead of being this horrible transport experience.”
Baker now lives in Texas and her husband and pets are still stranded in their home in Houston.
“I’m terrified, absolutely,” said Baker. “I’ll be very happy when Thursday comes and my husband is okay and my dogs.”
Swill be transporting 45 to 65 dogs at a time. And she will be making make multiple trips. Her next transport is planned for Sept. 11.
Tuxedo’s K9s on East Ridge Road will be collecting donations up until the end of September, and people can drop of their items anytime between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Other locations that are also collecting donations are New2u Rescue, Rescued Treasures, and Pixie Mamas Rescue.
Click here if you’d like to donate to the YouCaring account to help raise money for transports and supplies.