HOUSTON (FOX 26) - There's so much heartache from losing a home and belongings due to the flood, but a special reunion can make all the difference in the world.
Hundreds, if not thousands of animals are staying in makeshift kennels at NRG Arena. People have been stopping by to see if their lost pet is inside what's being called the 'Pet Reunion Pavilion.'
Best Friends Animal Society is among several animal groups hoping to find a home for the dogs and cats separated from their families.
The best, though, is when the lost furry friends are reunited, like Loca. She's a 10-year-old pit bull and thanks to Austin Pets Alive, Loca was reconnected with her family after two weeks of being apart.
"She always barks when my dad comes in with his truck and we were like, 'Okay, where is she?' And then my dad was starting to worry," says Louisa. "Then we thought the worst that maybe she got killed." She was with her father who was excited to see his pit bull.
Dogs and cats aren't the only ones being rescued.Houston SPCA has also been rescuing wildlife including turtles and horses.
As the waters have receded, the reunion count has grown.
"We are climbing very closely to 150 [reunions] right now," says Julie Kuenstle, director of communications for the Houston SPCA.
"You can see the hope," says Kuenstle, who has personally documented several reunions. "They have hope. They have lost everything, but being reunited with that extra person or animal so to speak, that is a family member. They have hope."
Still hundreds, if not thousands of animals still wait for their owners. Volunteers and organizers are hopeful that these makeshift shelters, like the one at NRG Arena, are only temporary and more reunions will happen in the coming days.
The NRG Arena pet shelter is open daily except on Sundays when the Houston Texans are scheduled to play.
A large adoption event will take place on Oct. 14. Pets that haven't been reunited or are in need of rescue will be eligible to be adopted.