Animals from Harvey-affected areas arrive in Norfolk

Animals transported from flood-affected areas along the Gulf Coast arrived in Norfolk Sept. 7, 2017. The animals will be put up for adoption in local shelters. Credit: WAVY/Laura Caso.

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Animals from areas of Louisiana and Texas that were hit by Hurricane Harvey arrived in Norfolk Thursday.

PETA says rescue teams transported 60 dogs and cats from flood-affected areas along the Gulf Coast to Norfolk.

The hope is that these animals will find happy and loving homes.

A PETA rescue team and a Virginia Beach SPCA staff member have spent the last week rescuing stranded animals in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.

The animals were already in regional animal shelters before the storm hit. PETA says transporting them to Virginia will free up space for more incoming flood victims.

PETA has teamed up with several local shelters in the region to take animals in for foster care and adoption. Those shelters include the Virginia Beach SPCA, the Chesapeake Humane Society, Chesapeake Animal Services, the Norfolk Animal Care and Adoption Center, Norfolk SPCA, Peninsula Humane Society and SPCA, the Heritage Humane Society, Southampton County’s Partners Among Cats and Canines and the SPCA of Northeastern North Carolina.

Jenny Teed is a Director at the Virginia Beach SPCA who arrived Thursday with several animals. The Virginia Beach SPCA is taking in 19 of the animals and Teed says her trip to Texas and Louisiana was so much more than just bringing several animals back.

“It was very wet,” said Teed. “We were lucky this time because PETA had gotten a boat and we were able to get to those people that needed to get out of their homes and the animals stuck in their homes or left for four days with no one able to get to them.”