How To Help Pets in Hurricane Michael
Foster, Volunteer, Donate or Adopt from you local animal shelter
The biggest things animal shelters need in the face of a hurricane is room to house new dogs and cats coming in that are displaced in the storm. The best way for that to happen is for people to adopt the pets already in the shelters or foster them to make more room in the shelter. Eventually they may need donations and supplies as well but having room to house pets in need is the first priority so fostering is vital.
Call or visit your local animal shelter if you live in Florida or the surrounding states and offer to volunteer, make a donation or foster or adopt a pet as soon as you can to help out. Hurricane Michael hit so fast there was little time for preparation and not much news about animal shelters is up yet. In other hurricanes pets are transported many states away to find room in shelters. That will surely be the case with Hurricane Michael. Don’t think you have to live in Florida to help!
Florida Urgent Rescue in Jacksonville
Florida Urgent Rescue in Jacksonville Florida is traveling to take pets from shelters in affected areas of the state and needs fosters or adopters! Here is their website: https://www.floridaurgentrescue.com
They did the same thing just recently during Hurricane Florence.
Justin Bartlett Animal Rescue in Royal Palm Beach
Local animal shelters throughout the region will need assistance from volunteers and especially need people willing to foster pets. Justin Bartlett Animal Rescue in Royal Palm Beach needs fosters for 50 cats and 132 dogs right now. Here is the link: https://www.justinbartlettanimalrescue.org/animals/list?Species=Dog. As with many shelters, the CEO of Justin Bartlett, Peter Torres is ready to stay at the shelter through the storm and do whatever he can to keep the animals safe. https://cbs12.com/news/local/local-animal-shelter-prepares-for-hurricane-michael
The Humane Society Animal Rescue Team
The Human Society Animal Rescue Team rescued over 1,000 animals from Hurricane Florence and is ready to do the same for Hurricane Michael. They rescue not just cats and dogs but all sorts of animals including horses and more. If you would like to donate to the Emergency Animal Rescue Fund here is the link: https://secure.humanesociety.org/site/Donation2?df_id=24266&24266.donation=form1&s_src=blog_post_101018_id10065
Hurricane Pets Rescue Inc. in Miami Beach
Hurricane Pets Rescue Inc. is a nonprofit rescue group started after Hurricane Katrina. They rescue pets from all types of disasters including hurricanes and travel to wherever they are needed. If you live nearby and can volunteer to be a foster parent to a pet during Hurricane Michael, please fill out the application here. http://hurricanepetsrescue.org/volunteer/disaster-relief-foster-parent-application/ You can also donate and become an “HPR Gaurdian Angle”. This nonprofit only runs through donations.
Panhandle Animal Welfare Society in Fort Walton Beach
In the hardest hit areas animal shelters get requests to keep pets by people who are evacuating. Shelters like the Panhandle Animal Welfare Society in Fort Walton Beach tell owners they have no room since they need to care for the pets they already have in the shelter and be ready for more after the storm. If someone leaves a pet at the shelter they sign away all rights. The pet could be adopted or put down if there is no room. If you are near Fort Walton Beach and can help out they will have many pets in need of fostering or adoption after the storm.
Brother Wolf Animal Rescue in VA and NC
Brother Wolf Animal Rescue has facilities in North Carolina and Virginia. I have written about them before, most recently during Hurricane Florence when their Rapid Response Team was out rescuing pets. They do a great job of going where needed to help during disasters. If you want to donate to the Rapid Response efforts click here. If you want to volunteer, adopt or foster in North Carolina or Virginia check out the other options on their website.
Red Rover, national volunteers
Red Rover is an animal rescue organization with over 4,000 volunteers that helps pets displaced by violence or natural disasters find shelter. Red Rover Responders are ready to provide emergency shelter for pets affected by Hurricane Michael. Red Rover Relief provides assistance to pet owners in need such as emergency grants to help pay veterinary bills. If you would like to volunteer with Red Rover Responders or donate to Red Rover Relief here is their website: https://redrover.org/
If You Are in The Affected Area With Pets
Red Rover offers a webpage with resources for residents in the affected areas with lists of pet friendly lodging, emergency shelters that accept pets listed by county and other important resources here. https://redrover.org/news/hurricanemichael/
Products to Help Scared Pets
If you foster or adopt a pet and want to know how to help them with anxiety which can cause an array of behavior problems I may be able to help. Check out my posts on products for anxiety in cats which can cause aggression, peeing outside the box, skittishness and other problems. I also have posts on topics such as a great natural calming aid for travel and vet visits as well as many other health and behavior issues.
I hope you can help the pets affected by Hurricane Michael. You don’t have to live in Florida. Pets are transported across the country during disasters so no matter where you live you can adopt or foster to free up space at your local animal shelter or donate to these and so many other great organizations.