DALLAS -- The Humane Society of Central Texas will be sending 70 dogs and cats to Dallas Thursday night to free up more space to respond to animals in need and reunite owners with lost pets in the aftermath of the explosion in West, Texas.

The animals transported to North Texas were already up for adoption in Central Texas. The SPCA of Texas is offering a 50 percent discount off the adoption fees for the dogs and cats on Saturday and Sunday at the Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center at 2400 Lone Star Drive in Dallas and the Russell H. Perry Animal Care Center at 8411 Stacy Rd. in McKinney. Those shelters are open seven days a week from noon to 6 p.m.

The SPCA of Texas asks the community to come forward and open their homes and their hearts to these animals and the hundreds already waiting for homes in the SPCA of Texas' two North Texas-area shelters, the SPCA said in a statement.

The SPCA of Texas is also standing by should the North Texas Emergency Management System should call upon them to help in the rescue of animals in West.

The SPCA of Texas does not self-deploy in situations such as this, they said in the statement. The organization follows the emergency incident command system set up by municipal, county, state and federal authorities, and is ready, willing and able to provide our support.

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