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Merrick Pet Care helps Harvey-impacted animal shelters

Shelf of dog food from Merrick Pet Care, who sent additional crates to San Antonio to help with shelter relief efforts (ABC 7 Amarillo - Abby Aldrich)

With catastrophic flooding in Houston, animal shelters across the state are stepping up to help with relief efforts, but with hundreds of animals pouring in, keeping up with supplies can be a challenge. However, many pet care companies are doing what they can to help.

Cyndi Dewald, Pet Parent Relations Manager for Merrick Pet Care Inc, says the company donates monthly to animal shelters in Austin and San Antonio. If needed, the company will go ahead and raise their donations so they are able to feed the extra animals the shelter is bringing in.

Lindsey Picard, Marketing Manager for Austin Pets Alive, says the shelter currently has more than 400 animals and is expecting 50 to 60 more by the end of Tuesday. She said 50 to 100 more animals will come in daily to Austin for the rest of the week and stresses fosters and supplies are needed. The shelter was already at its capacity before the flooding started and it does not have much more space available.

"We are really looking for fosters and people who can give temporary homes to these animals, as we are taking in more animals then we have room for at our shelter," Picard said. "We are also asking the community for any kind of supplies or donations we need to care for this incredible influx of animals."

Supplies the shelter is seeking include pet collars, cat litter, litter boxes, treats, chew toys and flea and tick medication.

Food is not a main need for Austin Pets Alive, but it is for San Antonio's shelter. Merrick Pet Care sent an additional five crates of cat and dog food to the shelter to help with this demand.

"We have donated extra food for the San Antonio Pets Alive, for the extra animals that they are bringing in and rescuing from the Houston area," Dewald said.

With hundreds of animals seeking shelter in neighboring cities, Picard says it will take months for the shelter to reach normal capacity again.

"Because we are taking in so many animals and helping so many animals," she says, "this whole situation is really going to last not only weeks for us, but probably months until we are back to our normal."

Picard says the main goal is making sure all animals are rescued and safe.

"That is truly the goal," Picard says, "to be able to help and save as many animals as we possibly can."

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