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Rachel Daw, president of the Lake Erie Labrador Retriever Rescue in Liverpool Township, walks Tex around the property Thursday afternoon. Tex is not a victim of Hurricane Harvey. He was transported north from Southeast Texas Labrador Retriever Rescue to make room for dogs displaced by the storm. HALEE HEIRONIMUS / GAZETTE
LIVERPOOL TWP. — To make room for hundreds of pets displaced by Hurricane Harvey, a local nonprofit is helping by sheltering dogs from a rescue group in the Houston area.
Lake Erie Labrador Retriever Rescue Inc., a local 501(c)(3) volunteer organization, took in seven dogs from Southeast Texas Labrador Retriever Rescue this week.
“We are not rescuing dogs from the hurricane,” Lake Erie president/foster coordinator Rachel Daw said Thursday. “They are keeping those dogs down there.”
She said her organization was criticized on social media because people though they were taking dogs away from their families.
“These were dogs already in shelters they sent up here so there’s room” for dogs displaced by the storm, Daw said. “The shelters are so overwhelmed (in Houston). They are pulling so many dogs that were abandoned from homes and off the street.”
The rescue group from Texas “contacted us to see if we could help,” Daw said. “If we were in the same situation, I hope they’d do the same for us. The vets’ office was flooded.”
On Tuesday, a truck arrived from Texas with seven Labs. Daw said she now has 17 dogs up for adoption, even though many are still awaiting spaying, neutering, heartworm tests and full blood panels.
Some of the Labs will be with her for another month or two because of the procedures. She said some of the testing can cost as much as $1,000.
Daw is seeking donations to help with the bills. The nonprofit also is hosting a Lab Tie & Tails Gala 6-10 p.m. Oct. 7 at Medina Country Club to raise funds.
Taking in seven dogs was a “big undertaking,” she said. One of the dogs, Ciara, is blind.
Daw said they’ve already received 22 applications for possible adoptions.
Dogs up to 3 years old are $275. From 4-7, they are $225, and 8 and older are $150.
Most of the dogs have settled in quite nicely in their new surroundings in Liverpool Township, she said.
“I’ve been amazed,” she said. “They were pretty hyped up after being on a truck for 30 hours.”
A California man, Dave Siple, drove to Houston’s Southeast Texas Labrador Retriever Rescue and said, “Put me to work.”
“He filled his entire dog trailer,” Daw said. “He slept in his truck. Every 250 miles, he stopped and let the dogs out.”
After unloading the dogs, the Lake Erie group filled up the truck with supplies to go back to Texas. Daw said they sent back dog food, blankets, cleaning products, water and toiletries.
Contact reporter Bob Finnan at (330) 721-4049 or firstname.lastname@example.org.