Dogs displaced by Harvey need homes for the holidays

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Thursday, December 14, 2017
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Animals displaced due to Hurricane Harvey are in need of new homes.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (KTRK) -- Animal rescue groups are hoping to help dogs displaced in Texas by Hurricane Harvey find matches.

A dog named Taco has already found a forever home in Washington, D.C.

"For him it meant being displaced, it meant not being able to be with his family, or losing his family, or potentially even never having a family, and what this rescue means for him is that he has a chance of having a really good life in a fabulous home," Colleen Learch with Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation said.

Major natural disasters can drastically increase the number of animals in need.

The ASPCA says during Hurricane Katrina in 2005, an estimated 250,000 dogs and cats were displaced or died.

A number of animal rescue groups went in after Harvey, Irma, and Maria to get animals to safer places.

With the number of affected animals this year, shelter and foster communities all over the country hope to match them with new homes, quickly.

"It's amazing to see how resilient dogs are, how special they are, how much they can add to your life," Alexandra Puritz, Taco's owner, said.

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