Rescued Hurricane Harvey dogs will soon be available to adopt in Iowa City

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Eight displaced dogs are settling in at the Iowa City Animal Care and Adoption Center after journeying from areas of Texas affected by Hurricane Harvey.

But the shelter hopes they won’t be settled for long.

Liz Ford, the shelter’s supervisor, said the dogs will be available for adoption in about a week after shelter staff makes sure they are up-to-date on vaccines and treatments.

She said AHeinz57 Dog Rescue in Guthrie and Last Hope Animal Rescue in Cedar Rapids transported the dogs to Iowa, where the Iowa City shelter had space waiting for them.

“It was an absolutely wonderful collaboration between shelters,” Ford said.

This comes after Hurricane Harvey brought record-setting rain and catastrophic flooding to eastern Texas throughout the end of August.

Ford said many animal shelters in affected areas have been seeking help from other shelters throughout the nation, and the Adoption Center wanted to lend a hand. She noted the last time the shelter helped with a major disaster outside Johnson County was during Hurricane Katrina.

Those interested in adopting a displaced dog can watch the shelter’s Facebook page for updates, and those with questions can call the shelter at 319-356-5295.

Ford said the shelter is also seeking donations to help staff care for the extra dogs, as well as an atypically high count of local dogs. The shelter, 3910 Napoleon Lane, is seeking the following items:

  • Adult dog food, preferably Fromm or another high-quality, dry food
  • Large, martingale collars
  • Large, flat collars
  • Big, tough dog toys
  • Canned pumpkin
  • Dog treats
  • Blankets and big towels

Ford said the shelter is full of “wonderful dogs available for adoption” from both Texas and the Johnson County area, and she hopes families will consider adopting dogs from both areas to free up space.

She said that, although the shelter is too small for staff to make the trip down to Texas, she was glad they found a way to help from home.

“I am so proud of being able to do this small part,” Ford said.