Dogs affected by Hurricane Harvey up for adoption in AZ

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PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

Five Valley businesses have partnered together to help people and pets affected by Hurricane Harvey in Texas.

The owners of We Fix Ugly Pools, Garcia International Transport, ABD Signs, Advant-edge, and now Superstition Farms have created www.wesupporttexas.org.  

Kelley Kunkel, the operations manager of Superstition Farms in Mesa, said she drove to Texas and returned to Arizona Monday, September 11 with 12 dogs from a Beaumont pet rescue group who needed help making room for more dogs affected by the hurricane.

So far, eight of the dogs brought back to Arizona have been adopted. Four dogs are now left to find loving homes.

Today, you can see the dogs at Superstition Farms, located at 3440 S. Hawes Rd. from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

“We’re a dairy farm. We’re not a pet rescue, but we’re stepping out of our circle,” said Kunkel. “We have the space so we want to rescue the animals."

She added there’s no space in Arizona shelters to house Texas dogs even if they wanted to.

Jose Miguel Santiago, the Public Information officer for Maricopa County Animal Care and Control verified that.

“The owners lost everything so they self-surrendered their animals because they didn’t have any resources to provide for their animals, yet alone their families,” said Kunkel.

Right now, the dogs are staying in kennels in the farm’s air conditioned store. Volunteers take them for daily walks.

The Animal House Veterinary Clinic in Queen Creek donated thousands of dollars in services to check each one of them for health issues.

If you’re interested in adopting a dog, call 602-432-6865.

The farm focus isn’t only animals. They’re working with www.wesupporttexas.org to bring supplies to Texans too.

David Bell owns Advant-edge decorative curbing and landscaping and helped organize the website and grassroots relief effort. He said they’re operating four truckloads and have already spent $16,000 of their own money.

 “With the community’s help, we can do more. This wasn’t what we wanted to do for a couple days. It’s now until the end,” said Bell.

Bell, who visited Texas last week, said people there are in need of dust masks, building tools, bleach and gloves.

There are a total of 10 drop-off locations across the Valley.  

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