A flight of 80 pets that survived Hurricane Harvey landed in Portland on Friday helping to relieve the pressure on flood-ravaged shelters in areas hit by the hurricane. 

The Oregon Humane Society, along with the Lucy Pet Foundation, chartered the flight when they heard the SPCA of Brazoria County in Texas is in urgent need of help. 

The shelter,  located about 51 miles south of Houston, sent approximately 40 dogs and 40 cats on the flight. 

“When Mia and Lauren from Oregon Humane Society showed up, we all breathed a big sigh of relief, knowing that over 80 of our SPCA of Brazoria County homeless pets will be traveling safely to new homes and new families,” said Stacey Suazo, SPCA-BC Executive Director. “Our community was badly hit by flooding during and after Harvey, so people here are still displaced and not in a position to be able to adopt new pets. It has been an absolute Godsend to have a safe place for these homeless pets.” 

The pets arriving in Portland have all been released for adoption by their owners who, for various reasons, are unable to continue to care for them. 

“The Oregon Humane Society is honored to be able to help these pets who survived so much,” said Sharon Harmon, OHS Chief Executive Officer. “The SPCA of Brazoria County has been doing an amazing job taking care of these pets and we are happy to help them find loving homes.”