CARROLLTON, Texas - September 8, 2017- Operation Kindness continues to work with partners across Texas including the Human Society of the USA, SPCA of Texas, Shutt’er Down Ranch and others to rescue and transport homeless pets displaced by Hurricane Harvey. Operation Kindness is also providing pet food to rescue groups transporting animals and to evacuees in Dallas who have their pet staying with them.
Initially, Operation Kindness brought in adoptable animals from South Texas shelters that needed space for incoming displaced pets. The goal was to help ensure lost pets were reunited with their owners. “As flood waters recede and people find themselves homeless they have to make the heart-wrenching decision to surrender their pets,” said Jim Hanophy, CEO of Operation Kindness.
Shelters in disaster-affected communities are struggling with where to place all the animals. Many are relying on Operation Kindness, the original and largest no-kill shelter, to take in as many animals as possible and give them the medical care they need and placement into ideal homes.
Operation Kindness has greatly expanded its capacity to care for the pet evacuees thanks to its volunteer foster network. These dedicated volunteers are experienced pet owners who receive training in animal care, plus the necessary animal care supplies and support.
The Operation Kindness Pet Food Pantry has collected nearly 25,000 pounds of pet food and cat litter thanks to generous North Texans. The food is being provided to area human services organizations including Metrocrest Services and Amazing Grace Food Pantry, and individuals who evacuated to the Dallas area and are staying with their pet. Food was also provided to pet supply distribution centers set up near Houston for flood victims in partnership with Spay Neuter Network.
For more information and to help Operation Kindness provide relief, please visit www.operationkindness.org.
Founded in 1976, Operation Kindness is the original and largest no-kill shelter in North Texas. Its mission is to care for homeless cats and dogs in a no-kill environment until each is adopted into responsible homes and to advocate humane values and behavior. In 2016, Operation Kindness celebrated their 40th anniversary and their achievement of saving more than 90,000 animals since their inception. Annually the shelter assists more than 5,000 dogs and cats, caring for an average of 300 animals daily with another 100-150 animals in foster homes.
Join Operation Kindness in their mission to care for homeless animals by becoming a member of the Happy Tails Society. This group of dedicated friends provides a monthly gift to help pay for the medical care, medicine, food, shelter, nurturing and behavior training the pets need to have a second chance at life. Learn more about Operation Kindness at http://www.OperationKindness.org or on Facebook.