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South Coast animal advocates help pets in need in Texas

Donations are pouring in to help the men, women and children affected by Hurricane Harvey, but some are stepping up to help man’s best friend. (David J. Phillip/AP)

Donations are pouring in to help the men, women and children affected by Hurricane Harvey, but some are stepping up to help man’s best friend.

Odie’s Place Animal Rescue is collecting donations in South Coast communities to bring to Texas during the weekend. Donations are for both animals and humans.

Odie’s Place founder Brian Harrington has been raising money for the cause, but felt compelled to do more.

“The amazing thing about these animals is that they’re so forgiving,” Harrington said. “They forgive and forget. That’s the beautiful thing about these animals that humans lack. These animals have an amazing way of showing guilt-free love.”

Hurricane Harvey left thousands of animals scared, stranded, hurt and hungry. The heartbreaking sight moved people like Wendy Goldberg of Westport to give back.

“I would not be able to leave my dog behind,” she said. “I would be very grateful for anyone who came to my rescue.”

Among the items being collected are dog and cat food, baby diapers, baby formula, non-perishable food, bottled water, sanitizing wipes, school supplies, batteries, candles, blankets, feminine hygiene products, toiletries and hand sanitizer.

Odie’s Place is also collecting litter, littler boxes, crates, collars, and non-glass bowls. Items to be donated for horses include lead ropes, halters, organic honey for river rot and vet wraps.

“We’re talking to the people who are on the ground physically,” Harrington said. “Every wish list we’re coming up with is directly from them.”

Odie’s Place will collect donations at Lee’s Market in Westport from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday. Drives will also be held at Tractor Supply in Swansea from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, at Pet Supplies Plus in Fairhaven from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, and at Ponderosa in Acushnet from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.

Harrington expects to rent several trucks and plans to bring donations to Florida, as well, all to show how a 10-pound bag of kibble can carry the weight of something much greater.

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