Some of the four-legged flood victims from the town of Miami are hitting the highway in search of a home. The animal shelter in Miami is taking about 60 dogs and cats to Tulsa and Oklahoma City to put them up for adoption. The News On 6â€™s Steve Berg reports the shelter says there were so many out-of-towners calling and offering to help that they decided to take the pets on the road.
Jean Eslick is leading four furry flood survivors on a puppy pilgrimage. And as much as she wants them to find a good home, it's still hard to give them up.
"We've been doing this since July 2nd for these dogs, caring and feeding and loving," said Jean Eslick of the Miami Animal Welfare Society.
The Woods family was in Tulsa looking for a birthday present for daughter Danessa and son Dylan.
"He lost his dog about eight months ago. He got run over, and we thought we've healed and it's time to find another pet," mother Amanda Woods said.
And when they saw the dogs, they decided they could use a little help in healing too.
"And we were very worried. My children asked questions whenever they saw them on the news, and y'know with the water, and with animals on top of cars, and in the streets that were filled with water, so it was very important that we got them down here so they could see that these animals would be cared for and maybe we could even help," Woods said.
Eslick says they actually had very few pets left for adoption, but they decided to make the road trip anyway.
"Because these people have requested these dogs, and why not give them a chance to have one of these little survivors," said Eslick. "We're proud of what we've been able to do in Miami for the Animal Welfare Society and the little animal community itself."
On Wednesday the rest of the caravan left Tulsa bound for Oklahoma City. At the peak of the flood, the Miami shelter had 225 dogs and 96 cats. They've now adopted out all but 18 dogs and 30 cats.
Watch the video: Animal Flood Victims Up For Adoption
7/24/2007 Adoption Caravan Crosses The State