Local shelter helping animals affected by Harvey

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- 37 and counting - one local shelter is bringing displaced Harvey animals to the stateline, and soon they'll be heading back for more.

Noah's Ark Animal Sanctuary welcomed their first shipment Wednesday, which was 15 dogs and seven cats. However, that was just the beginning.

Saturday morning, another van-full arrived, with 17 animals. Noah's ark has been working with "Operation Bring Animals Home" to connect with different shelters throughout the Houston area.

Some of these rescues were also found stranded. Many of these animals arrived with health problems, so the shelter is working to bring them back to health. Some of the pets from Harvey have already been housed in foster homes for recovery.

"We wanted to help as much as we can, and make sure that down in Houston, that they knew that we opened our doors to any of their animals in need. An animal makes a great companion in your home, so if you could come meet one, we would really love that," says Public Relations Specialist, Brooke Pond.

Many of the health issues these animals have are things like mites, tape worms, and heart worms problems. Shelter staff say all of these conditions are treatable.

In two weeks, the group will be heading back down to get more animals, and again in October. The shelter says they are willing to accept as many animals as they are able to.