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Former Calgary resident rescues animals from Houston flood

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A former Calgary resident has sprung into action as floodwaters strand pets in Houston.

Michelle Wenz Grasso is one of many volunteers helping to rescue animals in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.

She said she’s been extremely lucky: her home is high and dry.

“But we are kind of trapped, because all of the roads leading out of the neighbourhood are totally underwater, so we are limited to how far we can go,” she said.

“My husband and I have been walking around — we call it block walking — and we just look for any distressed people and any pets wandering around.”

She’s also been co-ordinating volunteers for the Rescued Pets Movement, trying to take in an influx of displaced animals and find them foster homes.

“You know, there’s a lot of stray kitty cats too down here in the south, and so, there’s little tubs you can put out for them to go into and stay dry, and put food in there as well,” Wenz Grasso said.

Wenz Grasso said the only way to deal with the heartbreaking situation is to get up and volunteer.

“Everybody should just reach out to whatever moves their heart, whether it’s helping people through donating to the Red Cross or if pets are your passion, we could really use the help,” she said.

“One thing that we need a lot of is money, so we can go out there and buy all the supplies.”

If you’d like to donate to the Rescued Pets Movement click here, or check out the group’s Amazon wish list.

“It really touches my heart that all the Calgarians are thinking about us, and sending their prayers and thoughts to everybody down here, including the animals.”