A group of feline refugees traveled across the country to Whidbey Island last week in hopes of finding a forever home.
Whidbey Animals’ Improvement Foundation took in 13 cats removed from shelters in hurricane-affected shelters in Texas to make room for animals separated from their owners and families during Hurricane Harvey.
The group was among 70 cats flown to Washington by the organization Wings of Rescue, a nonprofit dedicated to flying endangered pets from high intake and/or high-kill shelters to no-kill shelters.
Seattle Humane initially took all 70 cats, but the sudden influx of felines filled the Seattle shelter to capacity, according to Charles Vreeland, executive director of WAIF; he reached out to offer assistance.
The 13 cats arrived at WAIF’s Coupeville shelter last Wednesday and are being held in isolation for now. They will be up for adoption soon.