Animals affected by Oklahoma storms arrive at PAWS Chicago

CHICAGO (WLS) -- Dozens of furry animals rescued from devastated storm-torn areas in Oklahoma arrived in Chicago Friday morning.

Chicago's no-kill shelter, PAWS Chicago sent two vans full of equipment and supplies to impacted areas to help take care of animals in need Wednesday.

Stacey Price, Senior Director Animal Operations of PAWS Chicago, was one of the team members that went to Oklahoma.

"It's already a very overwhelmed area, there's a lot of pet homelessness and there's very few resources in the area so when we came down everybody was crying, baking cookies, so grateful to have a little bit of relief," Price said.

The pets were rescued at the Humane Society of Cherokee County, Ft. Gibson Animal Control, and several other Oklahoma rescues impacted by the storm.

Paula Fasseas, founder of PAWS Chicago, said taking in these pets will help alleviate overcrowding at Oklahoma area rescues making room for the influx of homeless animals that continue to come in.

"People will be giving up their pets because they lost their home or they have to move in with other relatives, and they can't keep them so they will be turning a lot of animals in at a much higher rate when you have disasters," Fasseas said.

All of these animals will be given complete medical care at PAWS before they will be up for adoption.

"It's super gratifying and emotional that we can go down and help them and same time help families up here find the perfect dog," Price said.

None of the pets have owners who will be searching for them, they were already in shelters at the time the storms hit. Now they're hoping to make a new home in Chicago.

If you would like to help PAWS Chicago, you can donate to the organization, volunteer to help foster some of these animals or give an animal a forever home.
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