While relief is being sent to Texas to help people after Hurricane Harvey, there is another effort to help out the pets.
The Twin Tiers are making sure the Lone Star State’s pets are taken care of.
“The care of animals is not something that’s relegated only to our specific area,” Kevin Craig, the executive director of Stray Haven SPCA in Waverly, said. “Remember that in times like this, animals of all walks of life need help.”
Helping is exactly what Stray Haven SPCA in Waverly is doing, gathering food and sending it down south. But the efforts were difficult.
“With the logistical back-log going in Texas right now, it’s been hard to get in touch with anyone on the ground,” Craig said. “We have gone online and gathered a lot of internet resources to go and do direct donations and shipping of material goods to Texas.”
Meanwhile, 45 minutes away at Tanners P.A.W.S in Corning, food was also ready to go. For them, it was good fortune as an affiliated organization is transporting their food to Texas.
“Luckily we were able to get on board with them and ask ‘do you need the help, we have food, we have some donations that we’d like to send you, do you need it,'” Christie Speciale, the founder and president of Tanner’s P.A.W.S., said. “And off it goes.”
Now, a hungry pet can look forward to a nourishing meal.
“Any pets that are in need we are wiling to help, whether it’s here locally or in Texas,” Speciale said. “But if there is a need, we’re here to help and that’s what rescue is all about.””
No matter how big or small the food is, or even the condition it’s in, nothing is going to waste. Every little bit will hit the road.
As for Stray Haven SPCA, a local substitute teacher is going to Texas on Saturday and is offering to take some of Stray Haven’s pet food down there.
Stray Haven SPCA, (607) 565-2859
Tanner’s P.A.W.S., 1-866-9 TANNER