New Mexico group offers care for Hurricane Harvey pets

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New Mexico Pets Alive in Albuquerque has pledged to take 50 Texas dogs in need of shelter after Hurricane Harvey. The organization's new building to care for incoming dog rescues isn't yet ready to provide this Hurricane Harvey assistance, so the group is looking for help to get the building finished and temporarily foster dogs.

Here's how to help:

• Volunteers are now needed seven days a week to prepare the building for intakes. Volunteers may get involved in relief efforts from cleaning to setting up kennels and much more. Visit signupgenius.com/go/20f0945a9ad2ca3fd0-volunteer and follow the instructions listed there. There's a large number of dogs and some cats in the organization's current foster care with three of the group's key people in Texas helping with the relief, so they cannot respond to Facebook, text and phone messages at this time. This volunteer sign-up system helps them coordinate. Once the volunteer sign-up process in completed, volunteers will receive a welcome email within 24 hours. Reply to this email with additional questions.

• Current supplies needed include two dozen 6-foot-by-10-foot dog kennels purchased online from Home Depot or Lowe's for pickup in Albuquerque or nearby. Volunteers should send an email to mail@newmexicopetsalive.org when an order is placed so the organization can coordinate pickup. Otherwise, the people working at the group won't know that a kennel has been donated. Also needed: 50 raised dog beds. They can be purchased online at Walmart for pickup in Albuquerque or nearby. Authorized pick people are Melissa Roberts, Kurt Schlough and Kevin Logan. Donations are tax deductible.

• Foster a dog. If potential fosters already have a foster form on file with the group, they should send an email tomail@newmexicopetsalive.org for further information. If potential fosters do not have a foster form on file with New Mexico Pets Alive yet, they should visit caninecafe.org/foster-a-pup, read the info on that page and click the link in the reading to reach the foster form and complete it.

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