Oklahoma pets may be brought to Boca Raton

BOCA RATON, Fla. - Along with hundreds of people who have lost their homes in Oklahoma, there are also hundreds pets who are suddenly homeless.

The fight to keep them safe is happening in Boca Raton.
 
The Tri-County Humane Society has plenty of space and they'll soon be on the road for Oklahoma.
 
When Amanda Chussler of the Humane Society could get someone on the phone at Animal Care and Control near Moore, Oklahoma, she found that people near defeat.
 
"She just started crying on the phone because of all the phone calls are from people in need, but so much people who can offer help," said Chussler.
 
The Tri-County Humane Society is offering to drive to Oklahoma to collect animals that are already in shelters.
 
Shelters in Oklahoma need the room for an influx of pets that are suddenly homeless, but whose owners might come back for them.
 
"These animals are their family and when their life picks up again, they're going to want their family by their side," said Chussler.
 
The trip to Oklahoma isn't their first such effort.
 
They rescued "Mona" from the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina.
 
She waited years for a family until Dave Jones, of Boca, needed a Mother's Day gift for his wife.
 
To give a dog a second chance that has been displaced and lost its family, it's really something different," said Jones. "You can tell how much they appreciate it."
 
Storms do create new beginnings. Mona and Dave know that.
 
More are about to find out.
 
"They don't know what to do, as long as we have an address, we'll be out tomorrow morning, it's more than apparent they need us and they need us now," said Chussler.
 
If they use all their space, the Humane Society says they can take in a hundred dogs.

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