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Evacuee pets face long stays in shelters, just like their owners

Many evacuees that came to east Texas brought their pets. In Smith County shelters alone, nearly 10% of the evacuees brought their animals with them - dogs, cats and more. Instead of making a shelter like during Gustav, the animals are this time spread out at different vets around the area. The largest is Bed, Bath, 'n Bonz in Bullard.

That's where KLTV 7's Danielle Capper was today.

There are around 75 animals staying at the shelter. They have mostly dogs, then cats, birds, ferrets, and a hampster.

These animals are waiting indefinitely until they can be reunited with their owners and go back home.

The potential for a long stay is not just for the people, but also these animals.

The city said they have been sheltered and cared for, since coming Thursday night and Friday, but have now leveled off.

"The animals are being cared for, being seen by vets. We have plenty of volunteers to clean up after them, to feed water, walk them. The need right now is for money to feed them," said Shawn Markmann, the director of Tyler Animal Control.

They are asking for help in donations of cat litter and flea control products, but mostly they need money to buy food. They're asking for money so they can purchase it in bulk and get the little guys eating consistently the same type of food.

If you would like to donate contact the Northeast Texas Public Health District.

Their number is 903-535-0045.

The evacuees can arrange to visit their pets in the shelter, but they must have transportation here. Many of them arrived on the buses with their owners so they can't get here, but many are calling and checking in.

Danielle Capper, reporting. dcapper@kltv.com

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