Upstate animal shelters work to help animals displaced by Harvey

SPARTANBURG, SC (WSPA) – Upstate groups are collecting donations for animals affected by Hurricane Harvey.

The Spartanburg Humane Society is collecting items like pet food and water, but they’re facing a problem of their own.

The organization says because they are over capacity at the shelter, they aren’t able to take in animals displaced by Harvey.

Spartanburg Humane Society CEO Angel Cox said last week alone, the shelter took in more than 100 animals from Spartanburg County. She said the hardest thing is watching the animals get rescued, and knowing they can’t give them a temporary home.

“We have over 600 animals here right now under this roof. that’s about 50% above our normal capacity,” Cox said. “We had absolutely no room to take any other animals, and it’s really, really affected the employees, because they really wanted to be able to help.”

If you would like to donate pet food and bottled water, you can drop off items at the Spartanburg Humane Society from noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Greenville County Animal Care said they are on stand by in case animals from Texas come to the Upstate.