EXCLUSIVE: San Diego County animal volunteers help homeless pets in Texas

Posted at 10:22 AM, Sep 04, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-05 22:54:00-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - Animal evacuees in the Texas hurricane zone are getting help from North San Diego County's Helen Woodward Animal Center and Southwest Airlines.

Four staff members from the animal shelter flew to Austin on Aug. 31. The group went to the Lone Star Convention Center to meet with a rescue organization called Operation Pets Alive, which is caring for hundreds of dogs and cats from Houston shelters.

To be clear, the animals were in the shelters prior to Hurricane Harvey. There were transferred from the shelters to San Diego to make room for the many animals that have been displaced due to the hurricane. That way, they have a better chance of being reunited with their owners in Texas. 

10News Reporter Joe Little and Photojournalist Adam Hillberry traveled to Texas on Monday to report on the animal transfer. 

SLIDESHOW: Pets affected by Hurricane Harvey fly to San Diego

On Tuesday, September 5, Joe and Adam were with the Helen Woodward Animal Center workers as they flew 64 dogs and cats to San Diego County. 

The animals will be up for adoption later this month.