Several pets and rescue dogs were left displaced by Hurricane Harvey, which lashed parts of Texas.
However, a Canadian rescue dog group has stepped in to help some of those pups who were already staying at rescue centres and they’ve made it their new destination: Toronto.
Redemption Dogs, an advocacy group for rescue pooches, partnered with six Houston dog shelters to provide a new home for those pups “already in the rescue system”.
Their aim is to “alleviate stress from rescues on the ground in Houston”.
As of Monday, 39 dogs had safely arrived in Toronto, where they are being taken care of by vets.
Over four days, the team hired vans and drove down to Houston to pick up the dogs from overwhelmed rescue centres, and transported them back to Toronto where they are being assessed. They will be up for adoption in the coming days.
Interestingly, each of the three vans was named after Canadian celebrities: Ryan Reynolds, Shania Twain and Ryan Gosling.
Redemption Dogs founder Nicole Simone told CBC: “We were not on the streets rescuing dogs or taking dogs that could potentially be missing dogs.
“We worked with local rescues that had some dogs that went through Hurricane Harvey and some dogs that had been in rescue for up to two to three years.”
A trending GoFundMe campaign has almost reached its $30,000 goal in less than a fortnight. Proceeds will go towards travel costs and vet care, as well as to six shelters in Houston.
The group of eight volunteers also took down humanitarian supplies to some of the flood-hit zones in the Lone Star state.
Redemption Dogs is accepting volunteers to help with their Irma rescue efforts, as well as Harvey.