More puppies, dogs, rabbits, guinea pigs arrive from Texas, looking for new homes

More puppies, dogs, rabbits, guinea pigs arrive from Texas, looking for new homes. (ABC7)

“You’re on the wash team!” Cynthia Sharpley, Director of Last Chance Animal Rescue, said, pointing to one of her staffers.

A check-in process at Last Chance Animal Rescue in Waldorf ran like a well-oiled machine on Thursday.

“To see all the volunteers and staffers out here, it’s one of the most heartwarming things I’ve ever had in my life,” Sharpley said, of the efforts to rescue animals impacted by Harvey.

For the group of about 100 animals that arrived at the rescue on Thursday, it’s the next step on their journey to a new home.

“They’re very vocal about being happy!” Sharpley said, laughing.

Happy, she says, because after roughly 20 hours on the road, the animals escaped flood areas from Harvey.

“They all have a story,” Sharpley said, looking down at one of the dogs.

She mentioned, specifically, two beagles, that she says were rescued from flood waters.

“The groups down there were texting me their stories and their pictures and I’m like, ‘Just bring them all and we’ll take care of them,’” she said, holding a puppy.

The pups, now all sporting names of cities in Texas, are looking for a home. Sharpley says the animals are all unowned and were previously in shelters in need of a home.

“It’s heartbreaking but it’s inspiring to know that the community came together to support us,” said Laurie Jenkins, who works with the rescue.

The group says after stories aired on ABC7 News, some people have already stepped up to help foster the animals. With even more truck loads expected in the coming weeks, Sharpley says they still need volunteers.

“We have committed to taking hundreds of dogs, cats, rabbits, ferrets, and we need help,” she said.

Arriving at the shelter today were about 90 dogs and puppies along with rabbits, a ferret, and guinea pigs.

They say they are always in need of people to help foster the animals. Workers at Last Chance Animal Rescue asks anyone interested in fostering an animal to reach out via email: or by phone: 240-412-5751. You can also find out more information on their Facebook page.

They will be hosting an adoption event at the PetSmart in Columbia, Maryland on September 16 from 11-4.