- How to Help Pets affected by The Hurricane Harvey Flood
Just as in Hurricane Katrina, there are thousands of pets displaced now in Hurricane Harvey and the proceeding Tropical Storm and flooding. Though the storm has been downgraded and will dissipate, the flood waters are still high, many people still need to be rescued and many, many pets are homeless. The Neches River is still rising. Many pets have been rescued but many more have not.
Many of us want to help in any way we can. What can we do to help these pets who have lost everything?
If you live in the affected area and have a pet or other animal and need help:
Here is a list of organizations that offer emergency services, pet sheltering, food, hotels etc. that allow pets. The list includes services for horses, livestock and wildlife as well.
If you live close by the affected areas in Texas and Louisiana and you want to help:
- Volunteer at an animal shelter.
- If you are in a position to give a good home to a pet, adopting a pet makes room for others still coming in.
- You could also offer to foster pets to make room in the shelters. Austin Pets Alive is one shelter dedicated to saving the lives of animals in need. They could use people willing to foster animals in the area.
- You could donate directly to a local animal shelter. Austin Pets Alive needs the following food and supply items. Click the link to go to the list.
- Donate unopened pet food to the Operation Kindness Pet Food Panty in Carrollton TX which will be distributed in the Dallas Ft Worth Area. They could also use volunteers.
- Check out this list of local organizations offering emergency pet sheltering, pet food, and other services for pets, livestock and wildlife in the affected areas to see where you can help.
If you live further away there are ways you can still help.
- Donate to a reputable rescue organization (beware of scams). Here is a link to the donation page for the Houston SPCA.
- Follow efforts by the SPCA of Texas and Atlanta Humane Society to move pets from Corpus Christi and Houston to Atlanta and other areas in Northern Texas. Find out where the pets are and which shelters need help. As of today, 8/31/17 they say they are at capacity for volunteers and foster homes but need donations. There are many pets being brought to the Dallas shelters and they need donations. Atlanta Humane Society also needs donations. Donations now are being matched by donors to the Atlanta Humane Society.
- Visit this page on the SPCA of Texas website with a list of organizations helping people seeking shelter with or for their pets. Contact them to see how you can help. This list includes shelters, emergency response, fostering, pet food band and other services for people’s displaced pets.
- If Louisiana is affected, the Louisiana SPCA could use assistance. They have already moved animals out of their shelters to make room just in case.
- In Seattle WA Seattle Humane is taking 300 pets from Texas shelters due to Harvey flooding with the help of Wings of Rescue. You can adopt from Seattle Humane, donate or volunteer.
- Wings of Rescue is a great group that uses private pilots and chartered planes to rescue pets from high kill shelters to other shelters that can take them. They can use donations for their rescue flights which save 25,000 pets a year. They are totally dependent on donations.
Horses, Livestock or Wildlife Assistance from Hurricane Harvey
- The Equine and Livestock Assistance organizations in areas such as Hitchcock, Bacliff and Plantersville TX and Wildlife Assistance: resources located here:
- List of Hurricane Harvey pet, equine, livestock and wildlife resources.
- This blog post on the Saddle Seeks Horse website has a list of equine disaster relief funds established after Hurricane Katrina, rescue groups and Facebook groups for horse disaster assistance in East Texas. How to Help Horses Affected By Hurricane Harvey
- Here is another blog post with a list of organizations seeking donations for horse rescue.
These are just some suggestions. There are always ways to help.
If you know a shelter or group that could use help, please leave a comment with that information below.
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