Noah's Ark Animal Sanctuary brings Hurricane Harvey dogs together to raise funds for medical costs

Published: Oct. 29, 2017 at 8:57 PM CDT
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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- Noah's Ark Animal Sanctuary received over 30 animals after hurricane Harvey swept through Texas. Now, they're raising funds to help affected animals receive the proper treatment.

“He'll never go hungry again, I promised him that,” said animal foster Kelly Johnston.

Kelly Johnston has fostered nearly 100 animals over the last 20 years.

"I just loved through it."

So when Noah’s Ark Animal Sanctuary received dogs from hurricane Harvey, she knew she had to help.

"The first 72 hours, it was touch and go with keeping him alive,” said Johnston.

She's now fostering Max, who was weak and emaciated, but now he's on the road to recovery.

"I was sure he had a purpose, and here he is. He's shown me what a surviving fight for life is,” said Johnston.

Noah's Ark is now raising awareness for the Harvey pups, by bringing them together to raise funds for their medical needs.

"A lot of these dogs went through really traumatic events; I mean they suffered just as much as the people that were down there. Everybody that is involved in this is helping save their lives and making a difference in these animals’ lives,” said kennel technical at Noah’s Ark Jaime Belky.

As for Johnston, she's going to keep helping animals as long as she can, so one's like max can get a second chance at life.

“They're living, breathing because you cared. That's enough for me. Life is good for Max, now. My Texan. My Maximus Texan with an under bite,” said Johnston.

"Adopting a dog isn't going to change the world, but it's going to change the world for that dog,” said Belky.

Johnston says Max has stolen her heart and she's happy to see him progressing. She may even end up adopting him. Noah’s Ark hopes to continue raising money to help the animals with their medical needs.