Hurricane Harvey brought incredible human suffering — and heroism — to Houston.
But there were plenty of stories — awful, and inspiring — about animals too.
Earlier this month, 2 teams of Connecticut Humane Society employees traveled to Texas, for 10 days each. The groups relieved their Texas shelter colleagues, who had worked nonstop on relief efforts.
The CHS group administered medical treatment, tested dogs for heartworm, fed, cleaned and distributed pet food, at several sites.
Meanwhile, after a long journey, 22 dogs from areas affected by Harvey arrived at CHS. They’d already been in shelters, looking for new families, before the hurricane hit.
Bringing them to Connecticut gives Texas shelters room to house pets waiting to reunite with families.
The pups here are being spayed, neutered and treated for any medical conditions before being placed up for adoption.
All of this takes money. So on Sunday, October 1 (12 to 3 p.m.), Southport Veterinary Center is hosting a fundraiser.
It’s at the Ned Dimes Marina — coincidentally, on the first day that dogs are allowed back on the beach.
The event is a “sit-in.” Southport Veterinary will contribute $5 to the Connecticut Humane Society for each dog that can sit on command for 2 minutes — and $1 per minute after that.
It’s first-come, first-served. Dogs can be bribed — er, rewarded — if necessary. But they must obey the command on their own free will.
Dog (and people) treats are available for contributions. Microchips can be checked too, at no charge.
The “sit-in” is a clever concept. Of course, after sitting for a few minutes, all those dogs have a big, wide beach to romp on.
And it’s theirs through March 31.
(For more information — and to contribute, if you can’t be there — click here.)