You can't keep a great shelter down, Hurricane Harvey

By Linda Anzaldua


Pet Adoptions of Cuero

Pet Adoptions of Cuero’s team jumped into action when it appeared the storm would cause damage or distress to the newly built pet shelter at 407 US Highway 183. Led by Kathy Kaminski and Crystal Irvin as well as many fellow pet lovers, over 25 pets were transferred to the Ag Friar Building next to the airport. The transition was quickly handled in a few hours, with special thanks to Anthony Netardus for opening up the space and providing the safe, dry and workable accommodations.

Mr. Netardus went a step further and allowed other pets to be brought to the facility by those who had abandoned their homes in fear of the storm or the rising flood waters. At its peak over 100 dogs, cats, rabbits, birds and horses were comfortably penned and contained in separate areas. Much thanks goes to the Pet Adoptions of Cuero volunteers who realized that many of the pets dropped off were from families that had left town or were not able to return and care for them during the 4-5 day period. Shanna Kurtz, Kathy and Crystal and many others worked hard to see that they all had fresh water, ample food and a well cleaned pen.

Shanna’s facebook plea brought much needed donations of pet food, pet beds and blankets, and cleaning materials to help the volunteers. Truly Cuero has a wonderful giving spirit in helping our 4 legged furry friends.

There are so many individual people to thank so please bear with us as we collect more names to post soon on our face book page and website.

The day crew truly appreciated the BBQ sandwiches and more brought to them by Mark Icaponelli. There were teams of helpers from Cuero high school students, sports teams and even several senior citizens.

All the pets got extra special attention that we know they needed being housed in a strange place and around so many other animals.

As of Thursday, August 31 all the shelter pets have been returned to our permanent PAOC shelter, along with 15 other pets that as of the 31st had not been claimed by their owners. Pet Adoptions of Cuero will continue to care for those pets but we hope the owners will contact the shelter soon and advise us of their status. If they will not be able to pick up their pet or have a home for it now or in the near future, the sooner PAOC is advised the better. We would like to know any medical history on the pet and general personality info such as whether the pet is good with children, is house trained, has specific food or diet needs and if it gets along with other dogs or cats. We will work hard to find a new home or adopter for your pet and most of all - we would love to know its name!

Also we know many pets have wondered off because of the trauma of the storm. Please come to Pet Adoptions of Cuero to see if your pet may be at our shelter and also check with Scott Sullivan at the Cuero City Animal Shelter on Highway 766.

Thank you again to everyone and every company who had a part of this success story for the homeless pets of Dewitt County . As with any non-profit organization our needs and expenses continue daily so donations of funds or pet items are truly appreciated.

Contact us at 361-243-8550

407 US Highway 183S, Cuero, TX 77954

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