METHUEN — More than 100 pets evacuated from winter storm-ravaged Texas are on their way to Massachusetts and will be ready for adoption as early as next week.
The transport effort led by the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and Northeast Animal Shelter in Salem is unfolding in real time, spokesperson Rob Halpin said Thursday morning.
Both local animal rescue organizations joined forces to save as many homeless pets as possible after an urgent call from Austin Pets Alive, a Texas-based animal shelter. The Texas shelter needed to relocate as many animals as possible to make room for others who were already homeless or became homeless in the wake of the recent winter weather disaster.
Eight staffers from MSPCA and NEAS teams hit the road Monday in four vans, prepared for the 30-hour drive with enough carriers to safely transport more than 100 animal back to Massachusetts.
On Thursday morning, the team was preparing the animals for transport. They are expected to arrive in the Northeast late Friday.
The animals will be distributed between the MSPCA’s three adoption centers — in Boston, Methuen and Centerville on Cape Cod — as well as the NEAS’ headquarters in Salem.
According to the spokesperson, the animals will be available for adoption after 48 hours in quarantine. Both rescue organizations have reported soaring demands for animals throughout the pandemic, meaning massive interest in these animals is anticipated.
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