Local animal shelters prepare for Texas pets

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - Adopting local pets now could help some weary travelers in the weeks to come.

Animal shelters around the country, including here in Wisconsin, are preparing for a wave of pets impacted by hurricane Harvey.

The Bay Area Humane Society could become a lot more crowded in the not too distant future.

"It's very possible that we would get the request, or asked to help out some of these animals from Texas," says Lori Nachtwey, Bay Area Humane Society Marketing and Events Manager.

Just this week, animal shelters around the country, including some in southern Wisconsin, opened their doors to pets that rode out the storm in Texas shelters.

Those Texas shelters are now desperate for help.

"To make room for these animals that are basically looking for their owners, I think they want to be able to give them ample time for the owners to find their animal because I would assume when you're in the water like that and you're getting pulled this way and animals are getting pulled another way, it might take some time to find your beloved pet," says Nachtwey.

That's why local shelters are urging anyone who's considered adopting a cat or dog to act now.

"Help here with our local adoptions, just kind of like they're trying to make room, it would be great to have some of our local animals adopted to make room in case it does come up, which is very possible," says Nachtwey.

Just this afternoon, we learned that Happily Ever After in Ashwaubenon is expecting to receive more than a dozen dogs and cats from Texas on Saturday.