Two groups gathering pet, financial donations for Hurricane Harvey victims

Two groups gathering pet, financial donations for Hurricane Harvey victims

The Westerly Sun

At least two local efforts are underway to help victims — human and animal — of Hurricane Harvey in Texas.

On Friday, members of the animal rescue group PAWS New England — Pets Are Wanted Somewhere — will meet at the Westerly Animal Shelter to load pet supplies into two rental trucks bound for shelters in the Houston area.

The group intends to return with about 20 dogs already in shelters there to make room for animals brought in as a result of the storm, according to Jan Cawley of Plainfield, Conn., one of the organizers.

The exact date of their return is unclear based on the nature of their trip into a disaster area.

Members of the group have been collecting items such as pet food, cat litter, collars, leashes, animal crates and other related items across New England for the trip south.

Items will be accepted at the Westerly shelter today and Friday morning, according to shelter director Tammy Loughlin, who is working with the group. Loughlin can be reached at 401-584-7941 for more information.

Red Cross donations

On Saturday and Sunday a group of local residents plans to help the Red Cross collect financial donations for storm relief efforts.

The group, which gathers at the lot on weekends to show support for President Trump, plans to be there at 8 a.m. Saturday for most of the day and from 2 p.m. to dusk Sunday.

Stuart Peckham of Pawcatuck, an event organizer, said a representative of the Red Cross will be on hand to collect donations.

For more information, contact Peckham at 860-389-6068.


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