Texas calls Harvey survivors to return home

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BATON ROUGE, La. – Today, Tuesday, Sept. 5, Texas survivors of Hurricane Harvey staying in Louisiana shelters begin their road to recovery, as the two states partner to transport the survivors to a shelter in Dallas.

The Texas survivors have been staying in the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services’ Alexandria mega-shelter and Jewella shelter in Shreveport.

Transportation of the survivors from Louisiana to Texas began Tuesday morning and will continue through Thursday, until everyone is safely back in their home state.

Small dogs and cats will be crated and boarded on the buses with their owners. Large dogs, birds and exotic pets will be transported separately by the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry.

The Texas residents will be taken to a reception center in Mesquite, Texas, then to a shelter in Dallas. Only service animals will be allowed in the shelter. There are animal control personnel outside the shelter who will collect animals and shelter them nearby.