California man travels to Texas to save hundreds of pets from kill shelters

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Hurricane Harvey has caused major devastation throughout southeast Texas and parts of Louisiana.

The effects of the catastrophic storm has also been felt in some unexpected places like animal shelters.

Ric Browde is the chairman for Wings of Rescue, a volunteer organization that saves pets from high-kill shelters.

"Because of the disasters of Hurricane Harvey, we are now engaged in around the clock hurricane relief," said Browde.

Eyewitness News caught up with Browde on Facebook video chat, minutes before he boarded a private plane in San Diego. He was heading to Texas with the organization to save hundreds of pets from shelters. Browde said the shelters in areas that have been the hardest hit by the storm are overflowing with pets and many are being killed.

"It's already happening," said Browde. "Unfortunately, we heard accounts of shelters that euthanized all the pets because they were afraid that they would otherwise drown...they didn't want them to suffer a horrible death."

Browde and his team of volunteers will be putting hundreds of cats and dogs in kennels and flying them to no-kill shelters across the nation.

"Tomorrow we are flying 100 dogs to Morristown, New Jersery," said Browde. "Then we are flying back to San Antonio on Wednesday to take 100 dogs to Portland, Oregon and Seattle...We make sure every pet is comfortable, but if there is an extra inch where we can put a crate in, we are going to and we are going to save as many pets as we can together."

Organizers plan on making several trips throughout the month to save hundreds of pets, so they can have a second chance at life.

If you would like to help Wings of Rescue, visit their website for more information.

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