This Rottweiler stock photo is unrelated to the story, but that dog does look heckin cute in a Santa hat.
Though the storm was months ago, rescue work to help the dogs affected by Hurricane Harvey is ongoing.
This week, Minnesota-based rescue A Rotta Love Plus (ARLP) assisted in bringing five dogs affected by Hurricane Harvey to new lives here in the north — they’ll be settling into their new foster homes just in time for the holidays.
Join us in extending a Minnesota-nice welcome to Sarge, Brutus, Rugby, Reed, and Dutchess.
As ARLP Director of Development, Michelle Klatt, tells Sidewalk Dog, “Back when Hurricane Harvey first hit Texas, ARLP reached out to a group on the ground that was helping to coordinate Rottweilers in need. Every effort was made to reunite these animals with their families, but once the dust had settled, there were still a number of displaced Rottweilers in Texas shelters.”
The new arrivals range in age from approximately one to eight years and came to MN from Texas shelters. “These dogs were all pets while in Texas so they came to us in relatively good shape and in mostly good health,” Klatt says.
In a couple of cases, their owners surrendered them due to inability to care for them after the storm. Another of the dogs was surrendered after her family couldn’t find new breed-friendly housing. And Sarge was found in a home after his people had left due to flooding.
Kathy Schuh of Brooklyn Center, MN, decided to sign up to foster one of the Hurricane Harvey dogs. “I saw the wreckage left behind and wanted to do something to help the animals that were affected,” she tells Sidewalk Dog. Her foster, Brutus, is doing well in her home so far. “He is so cute and acts like a big puppy. He saw snow for the first time last night and loved it! I think he’s going to be really happy here. Though he did pee on my Christmas tree,” she laughs. (Editor’s note: can we all agree that fosters are basically saints?)
Klatt notes that while ARLP is generally focused on Minnesota dogs in need, they’re occasionally called to help with dogs in crisis outside of MN. “We say yes when we are certain that our commitment to local dogs will not be diminished. Such is the case with these Rottweilers,” she says.
A Rotta Love Plus maintains a waiting period between taking in new dogs and adopting them to the public, which allows them to assess dogs’ health and temperament. The Texas Rotties will be available for adoption here in a couple of weeks.
Those interested in donating to support ARLP as they provide veterinary care, food, and supplies to the newly arrived Rotties can make a tax-deductible contribution here.