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27 dogs that survived Texas polar vortex arrive in San Diego for adoption

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Posted at 3:45 PM, Feb 24, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-24 18:45:43-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — Puppies and canines that survived the brutal cold that rolled over the midwest this month have arrived in San Diego for a second chance at finding their forever homes.

The 12 puppies and 15 adult dogs arrived at Helen Woodward Animal Center on Wednesday morning from Texas. According to the center, the harsh weather that hit Texas froze pipes and knocked out electricity around Texas, including at Concho Valley Paws shelter where the dogs were staying.

Despite the conditions and challenges traveling on roads, shelter workers were able to continue caring for the animals day in and day out.

“The Concho Valley Paws staff members were there every day,” explained Helen Woodward Animal Center Adoption Partner Liaison LaBeth Thompson. “They were trying to keep the animals warm, fed, hydrated and clean but it was really a desperate situation. It was even challenging to get out there to them because the roads were so bad.”

One of Helen Woodward's transporters, Melissa Maertens, was able to find her way through the weather and roadblocks to collect the dogs and bring them to San Diego. Helen Woodward Animal Center plans to surprise Concho Valley Paws with a donation to help the shelter get back on its feet.

“When a natural disaster occurs, there are so many lives at risk,” said Helen Woodward Animal Center President Mike Arms. “But it’s easy to forget about some of the smallest and most helpless. I’m incredibly touched by the staff at Concho Valley Paws who didn’t forget about those orphan pets and worked in unbelievably challenging circumstances to keep them safe and cared for until they could get them out to us.”

The puppies and dogs will be offered for adoption over the next few days and weeks as they are medically cleared. Those interested in adopting can visit the animal center online here or call 858-756-4117, x313.