Connie Bowen has been rescuing animals for about a year and with hurricanes displacing animal life, she was busy relocating them to northern states.

“We pull dogs out of animal kill shelters,” she said. “Anything I take would have been dead within 48 hours.”

Many of the canines are transported to Wadena County in Minnesota or Superior in Wisconsin. 

“These places have adoption waiting lists ready to foster dogs,” Bowen said. “The majority of their dogs come from the Coastal Bend.”

She said the population of dogs in those states are low because of several factors including winter storms, animal laws are enforced and breeding laws are strict. Individuals usually foster the dogs from 2 to 6 weeks until they find a forever home.

“I transport about 100 dogs a month from the surrounding areas including Jim Wells (County) and Port Aransas,” she said. 

Through the non-profit Faith and Hope Foundation, Bowen and other volunteers are able to help their four-legged friends with transportation and food. During Hurricane Harvey, the American Humane Association provided 80,000 pounds of food through the Chicken Soup from the Soul organization. 

Bowen said many federal programs such as FEMA, do not allow pets to live in hotels or shelters.

Recently, Bowen and her volunteers held an animal food drive in Orange Grove.

“We helped a lot out of Rockport and a lot out of Corpus Christi,” she said. “People have just been amazing.”