Pets rescued from hurricanes arrive in Reno

RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - More than 50 dogs and cats affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma arrived on a charter plane in Reno.

"We just wanted to do something. We wanted to help," said Beverly Keil, Pet Network Humane Society Board Member.

Several volunteers at the Reno-Tahoe International Airport helped get the animals off the plane. Several others took their cars to take the animals to the Pet Network Shelter in Incline Village.

"This has been an amazing trip for us," said Keil.

Shelter Executive Director Jason Stipp arrived in New Orleans October 4, 2017 with help from Maddie's Fund and the Dave and Cheryl Duffield Foundation. Stipp says the animals were transported from area shelters that were affected by Harvey and Irma.

"What we did not do was take animals that were displaced from the hurricane because we want people to get a chance to get their animal back," said Stipp.

With another hurricane hitting the U.S., Stipp says they had to change their plans.

"We are loading up the animals; we could actually see lightning behind us and we had warnings from the air traffic control tower that we needed to get out of there in a half an hour or they were going to ground us there," said Stipp.

After a nine-hour flight, the pets were in Reno.

Michelle Jezycki owns Tri the World Travel, and helped assist the operation with booking flights, hotels and rental cars.

"The power of community can't be underestimated. Putting the word out that there is a need and having people respond like they have, I think is really heartwarming and necessary in these times," said Jezycki.

In case you're interested in adopting any of these animals, the Pet Network Humane Society will hold a "Nevada Super Pet Adoption Day" October 14, 2017 at Rancho San Rafael Regional Park from 10 am to 4 pm.