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Local shelters take in dogs from hurricanes Harvey, Irma

Nineteen dogs from Texas and Florida found refuge in local animal shelters after hurricanes Harvey and Irma wreaked havoc on their homes. "We were glad that we were able to help," said Coretta Czycalla, executive director of Paws and Claws Rescue...

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Romeo, a beagle mix, was moved from his shelter in Houston after Hurricane Harvey to Paws and Claws Rescue & Resort in Hackensack. Theresa Bourke/Echo Journal

Nineteen dogs from Texas and Florida found refuge in local animal shelters after hurricanes Harvey and Irma wreaked havoc on their homes.

"We were glad that we were able to help," said Coretta Czycalla, executive director of Paws and Claws Rescue & Resort in Hackensack.

Czycalla worked with Delia Faulk McLinden at FarmHouse Fresh - a company based in MicKinney, Texas, that sells skincare products with farm-grown ingredients and rescues all kinds of animals - and Shawna Dahl, the Alexandria-based director of business development at Sothy's USA, to bring dogs to Minnesota.

FarmHouse Fresh funded the transportation of 50 affected shelter dogs from Texas to Minnesota, where they were then dispersed to several different shelters. The dogs originally resided in Houston shelters but were moved elsewhere outside the city after Hurricane Harvey. Because many shelters were overcrowded, the dogs would have been euthanized if they didn't find a new place to go.

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Paws and Claws in Hackensack and Babinski Foundation animal shelter in Pequot Lakes took in 19 dogs all together from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

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Czycalla agreed to take in 10 canines. But when more dogs arrived than expected, she sought help.

"In one of their stops along the way, they ended up with the four extra (dogs)," Czycalla said. "We were only able to take in the 10, and so I reached out to the Babinski Foundation to see if they would be able to take the remaining four."

Having already been forced to cancel a trip to Texas to rescue dogs, staff at the Babinski Foundation in rural Pequot Lakes happily agreed to take in the extras.

"In the South, it's already just such a bad situation with the stray dogs down there. So we just knew it was going to be extra tough on those shelters," said Donald Snyders, shelter manager at the Babinski Foundation.

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Snyders and his team didn't stop there. In the early hours of Monday, Sept. 25, two Babinski Foundation managers returned from the Humane Society of Greater Miami in Florida with five dogs rescued from Hurricane Irma, a task the shelter volunteered for.

"Us as shelters, we all want to work as a group," Snyders said. "We all have ... those same goals. We may have different methods of getting there, but we all have the same goal in mind."

Nine of the Hurricane Harvey dogs at Paws and Claws are ready for adoption. All of the Babinski Foundation's dogs are available now.

All dogs at both shelters are spayed, neutered and microchipped before leaving.

Though many dogs were malnourished and are working to gain weight, Czycalla and Snyders said none of them had serious health or behavioral issues.

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Theresa Bourke started working at the Dispatch in July 2018, covering Brainerd city government and area education, including Brainerd Public Schools and Central Lakes College.
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