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PAWS Chicago Rescues 43 Dogs And Cats From Hurricane Harvey

By Ted Cox | September 5, 2017 5:14am | Updated on September 8, 2017 10:51am
 A PAWS Chicago volunteer with a pair of pups rescued from Hurricane Harvey.
A PAWS Chicago volunteer with a pair of pups rescued from Hurricane Harvey.
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LITTLE VILLAGE — Some 43 cats, dogs, kittens and puppies have a new shot at finding an owner in Chicago after being rescued from Hurricane Harvey in Texas over the weekend by PAWS Chicago.

PAWS founder Paula Fasseas flew to Houston Thursday to make arrangements for rescuing any pets in need, even as a PAWS caravan of eight volunteers in three vans was preparing to leave town.

PAWS said in a news release that it was out to "alleviate some of the overcrowding at ... Houston’s animal-control facility." It intended to focus on animals "who have been given up by their owners or had already been in the shelter before Harvey hit, making room for the homeless animals that continue to come in and for pets of families who have lost everything and can no longer keep their animals."

The caravan returned home Sunday morning to the PAWS Medical Center at 3516 W. 26th St. bearing 43 cats, dogs, kittens and puppies. Some, it was said, were put up for adoption by owners who had no homes and hoped their pets would find a new one sooner on their own. Many were in need of health care before they could be put up for adoption at the PAWS home base at 1997 N. Clybourn Ave.

PAWS captured the arrival of the "Houston Heroes" in a video posted on Twitter.

PAWS is still taking online donations for additional Hurricane Harvey disaster relief in Texas.