Three Central Dakota Humane Society staff members will be traveling to Kansas City, Mo., this week to help pets that have been affected by Hurricane Harvey.

Mandy Schaaf, volunteer and special events coordinator, said she and two other staff members are leaving Thursday morning in an SUV, which will be pulling a horse trailer packed with supplies for animal shelters and pet owners.

These volunteers will meet in Kansas City, where, on Friday, they'll pick up about 15 dogs from Louisiana shelters to bring back to Mandan for adoption.

"This is pretty unusual … the only time we’ve ever done this before was with Hurricane Katrina," said Schaaf, explaining they will not be taking pets displaced by Harvey but, instead, will pick up animals that are currently available for adoption from Louisiana. "Then other pets from that area that were displaced could come into the shelter."

Thousands of Texas residents and pets have been evacuated from flood waters since Harvey hit the Texas coast. The Louisiana SPCA has moved 30 dogs and cats to Atlanta to make room for animals displaced by Harvey, according to the Times-Picayune.

The Central Dakota Humane Society is a no-kill animal shelter located north of Mandan. The shelter will be closed Thursday through Monday while staff members travel to Kansas City.

For more information on CDHS, visit www.cdhs.net.

(Reach Blair Emerson at 701-250-8251 or Blair.Emerson@bismarcktribune.com)

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