LAKEWOOD, Colo. -- As many families struggle to cope with flooding in Texas, some are abandoning their dogs and overwhelming shelters.
Now a Colorado dog rescue is stepping in to help.
“It’s a pretty urgent situation down there,” said Deb Hill, Executive Director of Homecomings Dog Rescue. “The shelter director called me and said, ‘We are in deep trouble.’”
Deb says her shelter has been rescuing dogs from the Stephens County Animal Shelter for quite some time. She says many people have lost their jobs in the oil sector and, in turn, abandoned their dogs.
She says the flooding made a bad situation even worse.
“That’s Sloan,” Hill said, pointing to a photo on her phone. “He is a sixth month old border collie mix. He was found dumped with his two brothers.”
The Stephens County Animal Shelter hasn’t taken on water yet, but when flood waters cut off half the town of Breckenridge, TX, on Monday, the shelter was flooded with dogs.
“A lady went to the grocery store and there were flood waters and she went to get into her car when she came out and a young German Shepard just jumped in her car,” Hill said. “She didn’t know what to do so she just brought him to the shelter. We’ll probably get him next week.”
On Friday they transported a total of 17 dogs into Lakewood. They are spending the night with foster families but they are hoping to find them permanent homes during two adoption events on Saturday.
Both events last from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Some of the dogs will be at the Lakewood Petsmart located at 160 Wadsworth, and the rest will be at the Glendale Petsmart located at 4300 E. Alameda. You can view the dogs available here.
There is also a GoFundMe.org page set up.