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Local shelters rescue animals from Texas

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MURPHYSBORO -- To make room for displaced animals in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, Texas shelters had to ship out animals already on hand. Many of them, surrendered by their owners before the storm. Two local shelters brought dozens of animals back to Southern Illinois. 
In 24 hours, St Francis Care and Midwest Animal Rescue of Illinois loaded a bus, SUV and trailer full of  food and medical supplies then headed down to Houston.  

Just two days later, they returned with the vehicles still full, this time with rescues. 

"Everybody that we brought back into our shelter is going to have the last name of Houston," said Dr. Kay Creese, Executive Director of St. Francis Care.    

Dr. Creese says their mission was to bring home as many animals in need of medical attention as possible. 

"We could provide the resources here that freed up resources there, so they could have that available for those coming in from the flood," said Dr. Creese. 

Julie Socorro with MARS of Illinois made the trip to Houston with St. Francis Care. One of the rescues she brought home is Tippy, who, like most of the rescues, was so scared she didn't want to come out of her kennel. Now, she doesn't want to be put down. 

"It's her way of appreciation, I guess, because she just absolutely wants to be right here," said Socorro.

Now that these animals are in Southern Illinois, the mission continues. The next step is to find all 55 animals loving forever homes.     

The shelters will be very busy over the next couple of weeks assessing these animals and preparing them for adoption. 

If you would like to adopt, contact MARS of Illinois or St. Francis Care to fill out an application. 

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