Hurricane Harvey slammed into Texas flooding neighborhoods and roadways forcing thousands of people, and their pets, to flee their homes. Some owners unfortunately had to leave their pets behind. Organizations are braving the waters and rescuing these animals. With the relief efforts still happening in Texas and Hurricane Irma due to hit Florida many are wondering how they can help from home.
Animal safety advocates have joined forces to clear shelters in the Houston area and beyond to make space for animals displaced by Hurricane Harvey. The national effort involves flying the homeless animals already in shelters to shelters in other parts of the country. The animal shelters in Texas that are still up and running are taking in hundreds of displaced dogs and cats and are expecting many more as the rescue efforts continue. Several shelters in our area have received dogs and cats from Texas shelters and are looking for help. You can help by looking at their wish lists and helping get them supplies to take care of the animals and offering your home to foster.
Local Shelters that Have Taken In Pets and/or sent Supplies:
(we will add to the list as we hear of more)
Animal House Shelter
Magnificent Mutts & Meows Rescue
Helping Paws Animal Shelter
Noah's Ark Animal Sanctuary
Illinois Doberman Rescue Plus
The Anti-Cruelty Society
Rescue Warriors Corp.
Other Ways You Can Help:
Best Friends Animal Society has deployed it's disaster response team to Texas to help rescue stranded animals, deliver supplies and transport displaced pets. You can donate to the disaster relief fund here.
American Humane is working to rescue animals from the flood waters as well. They are also providing pet food to pet owners and their animals currently displaced by the hurricanes. Help support their efforts here.
The SPCA of Texas is working to evacuate pets out of the affected areas and is helping to provide resources to pet friendly housing to those evacuating the Houston area. You can donate to this cause here.