Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF), along with partners from the East Bay SPCA and Berkeley Humane received a cross-country flight filled with animals evacuated from Humane Society of Broward County. The approximately 150 dogs and cats were previously up for adoption at the Ft. Lauderdale facility.

“We received a call from our rescue partner in Florida early Tuesday when it became clear that this massive storm could cause catastrophic damage to their area,” said Elena Bicker, executive director of ARF. “By clearing shelter space, they can better respond to recovery efforts and focus on reuniting any local owners and pets who may be displaced by the storm.”

Bicker said the recent destruction left by Hurricane Harvey in Houston presents a reminder of how quickly emergency situations can tax animal shelters.

“Our goal now is to find these ‘bicoastal’ dogs and cats loving and safe homes here in the Bay Area,” Bicker said. “In the end, we’re not only rescuing these animals’ from the path of a destructive storm, but also freeing up space and resources in their local area so more animals receive help during a time of crisis.”

Those looking to help in this situation may do so by adopting or fostering an animal or contributing to assist with transport, care and placement costs at arflife.org/help/irma. ARF is also accepting gifts of much needed items, such as large dog carriers, blankets and towels at ARF’s Walnut Creek facility, located at 2890 Mitchell Drive. All adoption fees are waived for the next week.

The dogs and cats were evacuated on a Wings of Rescue flight funded by Walnut Creek-based ARF and freekibble and GreaterGood.org.

Pets evacuated from some of the hardest hit areas of Hurricane Harvey in Texas will be up for adoption for the first time through the Milo Foundation at the Bay Area Pet Fair at the Alameda County Fairgrounds on Sept 16 & 17. The animals were previously homeless before the hurricane.

The fair will also be raising funds for another Wings of Rescue trip in Texas or Florida, depending on the need. Kiwi Kitchens will be donating 100% of the sales at the fair of treats and food bags to the effort along with donations encouraged throughout the fairgrounds. The event will also help clear spots at the shelters and rescues for more potential animals coming in this month from the hurricanes.

Pet Food Express is hosting the 7th annual Bay Area Pet Fair at a new location: Alameda County Fairgrounds. This is one-stop-shopping for anyone who is considering getting a new pet. There will be more than 1500 homeless pets available from 70+ pet rescues and shelters throughout the Greater Bay Area. The pet fair is the ideal place to find your perfect puppy, dog, kitten, cat, bird, rat, bunny - you name it.

Pets on leash are welcome, kids are encouraged and there will be something for everyone

All of the activities are free. There will also be a great selection of food carts and drinks as well as lots of giveaways and prizes.

For more information go to www.bayareapetfair.org.