Pets from hurricane areas arriving in Capital Region

September 09, 2017 11:46 PM

MENANDS -- Roxy is a dog at the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society in Menands that has been waiting to be adopted since March.

Staff there hope it is her lucky weekend.

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“All of our locations and our off site events if you adopt an animal this weekend there's a 50 percent reduction in the adoption fee,” said Michael Buckley, Vice President of External Affairs.

With the discount, 39 pets were adopted Saturday.

The shelter has about 45 that still need new homes.

Perhaps 44 if Abby Gigliardi and her nephew Elijah Dewitt take adopt a cat they have had their eyes on.

“Well I've always loved cats and I just want to be able to give a cat a good home,” Gigliardi said.

“I like dogs more because they're more fun to play with,” Dewitt said.

Buckley said the adoption blitz aims to make room for animals like R.J., one of 23 new dogs from Houston, Texas that arrived this week after escaping Hurricane Harvey.

Dozens more animals fleeing Hurricane Irma in Florida are expected to arrive in the region early next week.

“There's 47 animals at last count both dogs and cats that are coming here,” Buckley said.

Adoptions can be hard on animals.

Natural disasters can make them harder for pets like R.J. and his fellow Houstonians.

“On Wednesday they were in a shelter, on Thursday they were on an airplane, Thursday night they were in a van and Friday morning they were here,” Buckley said. “So they've been in four different places in 72 hours so it’s very stressful.”

Humane society staff advise people to have patience with dogs like RJ and other animals they are adopting, particularly those that have experienced traumatic events recently.

Experts say eventually, pets should adapt to their new environment.

The Mohawk Hudson Humane Society hopes there is no shortage of people with patience and a lot of love to give to the animals at their shelter.  

“All animals have a heart and they do love people so it's a good thing just to give them time and the space that they need because eventually they will come around,” Gigliardi said.

“We are only able to do the work we do because of the support of the community,” Buckley said.

The more than 40 cats and dogs on their way from Florida will be placed at the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society as well as partner shelters in the area.    

The discount on adoption fees runs through the end of the day Sunday.


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