Renee Zellweger Helps Lucy Pet Rescue Dogs From Overcrowded Houston Shelters
After the devastation from Hurricanes Irma and Harvey, Lucy Pet Foundation relocated 64 dogs from overcrowded Houston shelters and got a big surprise when actress Renee Zellweger came to help!
Lucy Pet Foundation is well-known for its philanthropic work done for pets. They provide spay and neuter services in an effort to raise awareness about pet overpopulation and to help pets in shelters find their forever homes. As many pets were surrendered and displaced as a result of the massive flooding in Houston from Hurricane Harvey, Lucy Pet stepped in to relieve some of the overcrowding from Houston animal shelters.
Joey Herrick is the founder of the Lucy Pet Foundation and he saw a need for the airlifting due to the severe overcrowding in the Houston shelters. His goal was to take dogs who had been in the shelter before the storm to places where they could be adopted, while making more room for animals that were rescued from the flooding after the hurricane.
Volunteers helped load the pets at the airport, and got a big surprise when actress Renee Zellweger showed up to help Dr. Karen Halligan (the Lucy Pet Foundation veterinarian) load the animals on the plane! Zellweger is a native Texan and well-known friend to animals and said she just didn’t feel like a donation was enough. She wanted to be on the ground, helping out, and she did just that as she sent those pets off with lots of snuggles and love!
Lucy Pet hopes to make several more of these trips to relieve overcrowded shelters and help all Houston’s pets find homes.