Oregon Humane Society team travels to Houston to help animals

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In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, Cincinnati-area animal rescue plans to make a trip south to assist in evacuating shelter cats and dogs for medical care and eventual adoption.

Humane Animal Rescue of Pittsburgh is also waiting to hear how they can help. "This very well could have been us", she said. Many of those animals now abandoned, lost or homeless, as major storms can be especially cruel to animals.

Pittman says they've also made preliminary arrangements with at least one other shelter in Georgia to take in 25 other animals.

If the Atlanta shelter fills up, it will ship some of its animals north to states unaffected by the hurricane in order to keep providing aid to animals in need. There will no doubt be a large number of dogs and cats that need to find safe haven and new homes outside the flood zones. Those are some of the things you can do to help when disaster strikes.

At the same time, shelters surrounding Houston are moving current strays to other shelters across the country. "They're doing the best they can", one volunteer worker at the shelter told CBS News correspondent Melissa Villarreal. Early on, there will likely be temporary shelters set up in hopes that some animals may be claimed by their owners, so rescue groups might not be needed right away.

"Our hearts are with the people and animals of Texas, and we and our partners will continue to help in the days, weeks and months to come", Heather Cammisa, the President and CEO of St. Hubert's said in a statement Tuesday. Shelter in downtown Austin has been independently operating as a command center for animal rescue initiatives.

After Hurricane Harvey battered Texas and Louisiana, residents are rushing to recover yet facing catastrophic rain, flooding and evacuations. "We are taking part in our own mission from Cincinnati".