Pets displaced by Harvey still looking for a home

- Many animals are still in desperate need to find a home as several shelters continue operating at or above capacity.

One such place is the only no kill shelter in Houston. Friends For Life is looking for people willing to help those
animals who need it the most.

"The storm didn't stop when it stopped raining. It's still storming on the animal community in Houston," says Salise Shuttlesworth, Founder and Executive Director of Friends For Life.

Still hundreds, if not thousands, of these animals are waiting for a dry place to call home.

Keri Meyer is a staff member and foster parent to several cats, displaced due to Harvey.

"I have 4 kittens and then a mom and six babies. She actually gave birth during Harvey," says Meyer.

Friends For Life, located at 107 East 22nd Street, is collaborating with area shelters, bringing in the animals from Harvey who require more attention than others.

"We have a mom and five puppies who is living here at the shelter and she's pretty stressed being here and we're currently looking for a foster who could maybe take her and her puppies so they have a quiet place," says Atalie Walding, a worker and foster parent at Friends For Life.

A shelter is not the quietest place, often creating stress for these displaced animals which is why Friends For Life is asking for more foster parents.

"I'm grandma's house. I'm like a step to their forever home," says Walding, describing what it's like being a foster parent.

"Between three and four times our normal capacity. So we are taking animals from the Best Friends effort at NRG, we've taken in some of the animals that were turned in at George R. Brown," says Shuttlesworth.

The effort done at GRB, protecting the animals, has made Houston the model city of how future emergency shelters should house evacuees wanting to stay with their pets.

"What was extraordinary about it is that it had never been done before the shelter people with their animals," says Shuttlesworth.

Shuttlesworth is now writing on paper how the effort was done at GRB to share with FEMA to implement essentially a guide or protocol for other cities across the country to follow.

In addition, a massive adoption event is planned for October 14 at the NRG Arena for those animals who have yet to find a home.

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