250+ dogs & cats rescued from Texas freeze

FEB. 28 UPDATE: We’re helping yet another shelter impacted by Winter Storm Uri. A total of 98 dogs on a Wings of Rescue flight funded by Petco Foundation will land in Georgetown on Monday, March 1. This brings the total Texas cats and dogs rescued by the BVSPCA in the past 10 days to 266.

This latest mission comes from Palm Valley Animal Society, a high intake shelter receiving 30-100 animals daily. The shelter sustained damage to its two adoption centers as a result of failed electricity, frozen pipes and other weather-related issues.

The dogs will go to our Animal Rescue Center (ARC) in Georgetown, where they will be evaluated and receive medical care as needed. They’ll begin going up for adoption later in the week across our Delaware campuses.

This intake will bring the total number of animals rescued by the BVSPCA in the aftermath of Winter Storm Uri to 266 in the past 10 days. Yesterday the BVSPCA received a rescue flight of 52 more dogs and cats from the three Texas shelters helped last week; the flight landed at the Chester County Airport, and the dogs and cats will be available for adoption starting Tuesday at the BVSPCA West Chester and New Castle Campuses. This flight tomorrow then brings the BVSPCA intake total to 266 cats and dogs.

Team BVSPCA in action

Of last weekend’s 125 Texas intakes, 113 have found homes. That’s thanks to all of you in our amazing community joining together with us in this work. Please continue to spread the word for these adoptables and make a donation below if you’re able.

FEB. 19: When the going gets tough, the BVSPCA gets going! This weekend we’ll receive more than 200 shelter animals in need: our regular flight of nearly 100 dogs and cats from our Louisiana project on Saturday and 100+ dogs and cats arriving on two emergency rescue flights from Texas on Sunday.

The Texas animals will be arriving from three shelters in the Fort Worth area that have been struggling with consecutive days without power, limited access to water, and dangerously low temperatures for the animals. They are being transported on two flights operated by Wings of Rescue that are generously funded by the ASPCA. The dogs and cats will be housed at the Animal Rescue Center (ARC) in Georgetown and across the BVSPCA’s Delaware Campuses in Georgetown, Dover and New Castle.

“We are one of the few shelters in the region with the rescue infrastructure to handle such large emergency intakes,” said Adam Lamb, BVSPCA CEO. “This many intakes in a weekend will require us to use every bit of our available resources, but we see it as our responsibility to help other communities during critical times of need.”

The Texas animals will begin going up for adoption at our Georgetown, Dover and New Castle Campuses starting on Tuesday. (The nearly 100 dogs and cats on the Saturday arrival from Louisiana will be available at the BVSPCA West Chester Campus starting Sunday.)

We often say we couldn’t do this hard work without you, and this is truly one of those times.  You can help with these important rescue intakes by making a donation to help defray the significant costs to care for so many animals at one time and find them homes. And if you’ve been considering adopting, please stop by to meet these deserving pets.

First adoptions

Thank you to the flight partners who made these missions possible

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