Despite the terror that Hurricane Harvey brought to many, Betty Walter refused to leave her house without being able to rescue her 21 dogs.
Betty has been a foster caregiver for quite some time and at the time the rescue team was going around, trying to save as many as possible, she decided to pass the opportunity and found herself in a very dangerous situation because she did not want to leave her dogs behind.
When the storm hit on Saturday, Betty had her 4 dogs, 11 dogs from rescues and one dog she was pet sitting in her house.
As the day was going by, she also took in a few stragglers and one small dog showed up at her home. There were two others from two homeless people who asked Betty to take care of the dogs for them, and two others came from a neighbor.
She was happy she could take care of all those dogs, but she was left heartbroken because there were so many out there she could not save. She said on Facebook:
I don’t think I will ever forget those cries for help from dogs in my neighborhood. A lot [of] people kept their dogs outside. I tried so hard to go rescue a couple. The water was too high. They cried for hours…I stayed [in my home] until I got help.
Every time a storm hits an area, the goal of the rescue teams is to save people first and then animals and everything else that’s left. Though Betty understood that, she could not leave the dogs unattended. So, when the flood hit the neighborhood and the water rose to 4 feet, Betty took the dogs to her attic and waited to be rescued.
After waiting for an entire night, help finally came when two men passed the neighborhood in a boat. They were going to help a lady who had a stomach pump but they learned she had already been rescued. That’s when they found Betty.
The told her they would take all of them, her and the dogs, without leaving anyone behind, but Betty was concerned about whether all of them could fit in.
I was worried there was too many dogs on the boat and it would [tip] over,” Betty said. “I told them I would stay behind and for them to make two trips. They said, ‘NO we are taking all [of] you.’ We had 21 dogs on this boat. No place for any humans on this boat. We had to walk in water over my head to get out.
Though Betty and the dogs went through some tough times, they ended up being all safe and sound. Later on, she wrote an update on her Facebook:
We remain safe and dry. So many people stepped up and donated to me and my immediate needs are met. If you would still like to help, please consider a donation to Bay Area Pet Adoptions. BAPA is the only no kill shelter in Galveston County. It is because of the support of this organization that I was able to shelter these dogs.
Betty explained that members of BAPA helped her very much with the dogs. They walked them and made sure they had medicine and supplies they needed.
What a fortune to run into such men as those who saved Betty and her dogs. She was very brave to stay with them through such a disastrous event. Luckily, there is more than one person out there ready to help living beings in need, humans or not.
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