I keep asking myself how to help pets affected by Hurricane Harvey and thereby help the people who own them!
It’s heartbreaking to listen to and watch the news showing pictures of dogs, cats, horses and so many other animals affected by Hurricane Harvey and needing rescue along with their people! If you have not seen the coverage yet, read HERE the recap in pictures from iheartdogs.com.
I’ve been seeing some great resources come through and wanted to share as I know we are all trying to figure out how to help – mostly from afar. Here are the organizations I know of that are currently aiding people and their pets. Please share this information! The people and pets of Texas will need so much help in the coming weeks and months. Not only do these Texas pets need rescue from the current storm, but a lot of them will need new homes as Texas residents are surrendering their pets as they forsee a very difficult future for everyone involved.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to you Texas!
Feel free to grab and share this graphic below so people know how / where to help!
Here are the specific websites from which to help:
Of course there are many more organizations helping pets and their people in Houston, but these are the ones I’m familiar with:
1. RED ROVER: www.RedRover.org
“RedRover volunteers are being deployed from Northern CA to Texas to provide emergency sheltering for animals displaced by Hurricane Harvey In Texas.”
Please note you can donate at their website and RedRover.org also has resources for TEXAS pet owners such as:
– Resources and shelters for where to stay with your pet
– Pet-friendly shelters
– Where evacuees may go (listing host cities and specific addresses)
– Which social media channels and feeds are providing help right now (ex. @HoustonOEM – City’s office of Emergency Management)
Please share this RedRover link above on your social media to aid the actual people IN Texas!
2. WINGS OF RESCUE: www.WingsOfRescue.org
“Hurricane Harvey relief Update!!! Wings of Rescue and our GreaterGood.org, Freekibble.com, Rescue Bank partners are adding flights out of flood ravaged Texas and Louisiana! Tomorrow we will be flying 100 dogs from flood ravaged San Anotnio…”
3. SPCA OF TEXAS: www.SPCA.org
“The SPCA of Texas is putting every available resource behind assisting pets and people who have evacuated the Gulf Coast to the North Texas area.
We took in 123 cats from The Cattery cat shelter in Corpus Christi on Friday, August 25, in advance of the storm. These cats were un-owned, and we cleared their shelter to ensure the cats’ safety.
On Monday, August 28, a large team of SPCA of Texas staff and volunteers set up a temporary animal shelter near the mega shelter in Downtown Dallas, working in conjunction with city and county disaster officials. This temporary shelter was set up in close proximity to the human shelter so that the pet owners could visit their pets. We will continue to deploy staff, volunteers and supplies to this temporary shelter to care for evacuees’ pets for the forseeable future.
We have also taken in over 50 additional pets owned by evacuees at our Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center, where pet owners are also visiting their pets.
People can help us help the hundreds, possibly even thousands, of evacuees’ pets coming to North Texas by donating to the SPCA of Texas at http://www.spca.org/gift.
We’re also putting out a call for new foster volunteers based in the North Texas area to help animals already in our shelters. We are not able to transport foster pets out of our service area. People can learn more and sign up to foster at http://www.spca.org/foster.
The SPCA of Texas has put together a list of pet friendly locations for evacuees and their pets. Learn more here.”
4. AUSTIN PETS ALIVE!: www.AustinPetsAlive.org
“Austin Pets Alive! has been helping shelters in the direct line of Hurricane Harvey. We’ve been working with these shelters to transport as many pets as possible to APA! and as of Saturday morning, we’ve transported 330 animals to our shelter and are expecting 50-100+ over the next 24 hours. Because of the incredible, humbling support we’ve received from the community thus far, we have been able to remove some items from our needs list completely.
However, there is still a lot of work ahead of us. As we continue to care for the animals we have already saved, we have to prepare for even more animals who will need us in the coming days. We’ve been receiving reports from shelter partners in areas hit hardest by the hurricane and areas expecting the most flooding that over the course of the next 24-72 hours, they are anticipating another significant influx of animals that they may not be able to help. We have also heard reports of extensive lines of people surrendering their pets, so Austin Pets Alive! needs to be ready to help and brace ourselves for additional animal intake.”
A common need with all of these groups aiding people and their pets affected by Hurricane Harvey seems to be:
LET’S ALL PITCH IN! Every little bit helps. ONE PERSON CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
Please review the websites above, see exactly what they need, and aid where you can. I promise to do that same!