Local shelters helping animals displaced by Hurricane Harvey

Over the weekend, Angels of Assisi traveled to the D.C. area to pick up dogs.

ROANOKE, Va. – Local animal shelters are stepping up, hoping to help four-legged Hurricane Harvey victims.

Over the weekend, Angels of Assisi, an emergency placement partner with the Humane Society of the United States, traveled to the D.C. area to pick up dogs from Texas.

"Many rescue groups came in to help; Angels of Assisi was one of them. This round, we got 16 dogs but we're expecting that there will be more in the next few months," said Lisa O'Neill, executive director of Angels of Assisi. 

All of the dogs Angels of Assisi brought in are from Texas shelters. That way, those shelters can be cleared out, so animals that were displaced have a little more time to reunite with their owners.

"Fortunately, the ones that have come up this time, like Handsome here, are getting adopted very quickly so that will free up some room and we'll be able to help more," said O'Neill. 

The Roanoke Valley SPCA is on board with the relief effort too. The shelter will be a stopping point for animal transports up the East Coast.

"We have opened our shelter here for them since they travel right up I-81 as an overnight point for them where they can rest the drivers, rest the pets, let the pets out, walk, food, water," said Denise Hayes, CEO of Roanoke Valley SPCA.

Both shelters are anticipating the number of animals in need will continue to grow. Staff are encouraging anyone who is thinking about adopting to visit soon and make more room for animals displaced by the hurricane.