While it’s been days since Hurricane Harvey first made landfall in Texas, the people and animals that call the state home are still battling the devastating effects. Streets and homes are flooded, and areas previously thought to be safe are being evacuated. As people flee their homes, there are countless animals in need of help. There are pets being separated from their owners and strays with nowhere to go. Even if you don’t live in Texas, there are ways you can support the relief effort. Here are a few things you can do to help the displaced animals no matter where you live.
# 1- Donate Through Greater Good
#Repost @dallasdogrrr ・・・ 🛑UPDATE ON HARVEY DOGS!🛑 The convoy is on its way and headed to the Dallas Fort Worth Area. We have seriously 3 Hours to find a indoor air conditioned facility to accommodate 90-100 dogs and cats for 48 hours! —-THIS IS AN EMERGENCY—– These poor souls have been thru hell and need to get into a facility where they can relax, eat and dry off and stretch their legs. We have volunteers on hold and waiting for us to send them a address so they may race over and start setting up for the arrival. PLEASE!!!! If you have a facility (in Dallas Fort Worth) please call this number 214-629-6939 BUT only if you have a space open now and can accommodate this many dogs and cats. This line must remain open for all pertinent calls and the facility must be in the Dallas Fort Worth area and available in the next 3 hours for the period of 48 hours. We can do this‼️ #dallasdogrrr #adoptdontshop #fosteringsaveslives #fostersneeded #doglivesmatter #adorable #pawfect #furbaby #dallasdoglife #rescued #rescuedogsofinstagram #dallas #texasdogs #dogstagram #puppygram #barkpost #dfw #dallasdogs #dogrescuesofig #fostersaveslives #adoptme #rescuedismyfavoritebreed #hurricaneharvey
iHeartdogs has teamed up with Greater Good to bring immediate relief to the people and pets in Texas. They’re working with groups on the ground in the areas with the highest floodwaters, but they need urgent help to reach as many people and animals as possible. When you make a donation at greatergood.org, 100% will go to the victims of Hurricane Harvey.
#2 – Find a Shelter in Need and Donate
A HUGE thank you to our largest rescue partner, @rescuedpetsmovement, for delivering ALL of these donations to the GRB today for pets of evacuees. It is absolutely amazing to have so many people come together to help families (and their furbabies) that have been displaced by the flooding. Thank you RPM! And THANK YOU to @k9angelsrescuehouston for delivering 175 crates to pets of evacuees at the GRB yesterday. You guys loaded those up in the rain and we are forever grateful. We can't thank you enough. #HurricaneHarvey #BARCHOUSTON
While many animal shelters in the storm’s direct path evacuated their animals ahead of time, their facilities have endured extensive damage. There will be no specific word on what the damage looks like until after the floodwaters recede, but they’ll need all the support they can get to handle repairs quickly and get back to work. The influx of displaced dogs won’t stop when the sun comes out, and they’ll need to be operating at full capacity to take in as many as possible. The SPCA of Texas, Houston Humane Society, BARC Animal Shelter and Adoptions, and Rescued Pets Movement are only a few of the Texas shelters in need of monetary donations.
#3- Take Advantage of Social Media
We know many are concerned for the animals at the shelter. We have a few good news items to share today (and we could ALL use some good news). First, we can't help but feel hope and confidence we will ALL weather this storm when we drove up to the shelter this morning and were greeted by our American flag waving proudly. The BIG thing – the shelter has not flooded! animals are safe, dry, well-cared for, & staying comfortable. Our property is another story. Our retention pond is full & walking trails, dog park, and meet and greet pens are under water. In the grand scheme of things, we count ourselves lucky. we took in 58 animals from La Porte Animal Control on Thursday ahead of the storm. We have heard the area around La Porte has been hit hard, & we're happy to report all of those animals are at HHS and safe. Roads getting to the shelter are flooded. This morning, our Medical Director was able to find a route down Almeda to get in to check on every animal, & we have several staff members on site medicating, cleaning, feeding, and caring for each one. We are working with a national team to connect to other shelters to transport many of our current residents north of us. This will allow us to free up much needed space for strays. Once flood waters recede, we are working to be ready to help shelter animals displaced by Harvey. many of you know we partner with @elgatocoffeehouse in the Heights. Prior to major rain, our staff relocated the cafe residents to the shelter in case the Heights flooded. The residents are settled in 3 of our overflow cat rooms and safe. Stay strong, everyone. We'll get through this together. The animals need us, and we need you. Brighter days are ahead. We'll post more as we have it. As many have asked, we are working to get an @amazon wish list together. In the interim, a list of most needed supplies: The biggest need will be food: Dog, cat, puppy, kitten, (wet & dry) as well as puppy & kitten milk for abandoned babies that will come in. In addition, dry hay and sweet feed or one n only for livestock and cleaning supplies like bleach, towels, & tide. #Harvey #houstonweather #HoustonHumaneSociety
Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram have reunited families with lost pets and helped spread the word about urgent situations faster than any other media source. Social media has proven to be an essential part of hurricane relief, and you can use it to do your part. Simply sharing posts by shelters and rescue organizations who need help will make a difference. Facebook also has a feature that allows you to raise money for specific organizations. Turn your post into a fundraiser or visit a shelter’s Facebook page and click the word “donate” located under the cover image.
#4 – Become a Foster
Oh… hi there. *ahem* Sorry, I am a little nervous and shy. This is actually the first time anyone has really heard me try to speak and ask for help. You see, I am just another abandoned three-month old puppy that was sentenced to one of those loud shelters with so many other unwanted animals. I didn't know it until this nice lady picked me up and carried me to her car, but apparently I was a 'code RED' dog that was nearly put to sleep because I have red, itchy, infected skin. I don't know why this happened to me, but all I can do now is be thankful for the help these kind people at Dallas DogRRR are offering me. And hopefully, someday soon, I can move into a furever home and feel loved. I have so much to give so I hope to get that chance! 😘 Thank you for helping me! Love, PARIS www.dallasdogrrr.org/donate-online PayPal = email@example.com #dallasdogrrr #adoptdontshop #fosteringsaveslives #fostersneeded #doglivesmatter #adorable #pawfect #furbaby #dallasdoglife #rescued #rescuedogsofinstagram #dallas #texasdogs #dogstagram #puppygram #barkpost #dfw #dallasdogs #dogrescuesofig #fostersaveslives #adoptme #rescuedismyfavoritebreed
With Texas shelters underwater, rescuers need to get the displaced dogs and cats to safety. They’re being transported to other areas in Texas, and more animals are being sent out of state. An animal shelter in New Jersey has taken in more than a dozen dogs and cats rescued during the storm, and they’re expected to get 60 more within the week. Shelters across the country will be taking in Texas animals, and they’ll need foster families to give them temporary reprieve. Contact a shelter near you to learn how to become a foster.
#5 – Adopt, Don’t Shop
Final update for the night… Heartbroken doesn't seem like an adequate enough word for what I'm feeling for Kat and Kevin right now. They were NOT able to get all of the remaining dogs at the house because of safety reasons. There are still about 20 dogs at the house. Kat, Kevin and the remaining animals are at Whites Park with nothing but the animals in crates and the clothes on their backs. Kat dropped her phone in the water and you can hardly hear her with no charger. Kevin lost his phone. Contact is going to be very limited. They have no dog food, dog bowls, water, blankets, towels etc. I have coordinated with Austin Pets Alive and DDDR to be getting dogs from the park tomorrow weather and road conditions pending. They have lost everything, they had NO notice that the levy was being opened until the sheriff showed up today after it started flooding. The sheriff did NOT rescue the remaining dogs. They made ONE trip via air boat and then tried to claim the reward offered. Donations are desperately needed for supplies, phones, dry clothes, dog food, rebuild etc. They can be made via PayPal at firstname.lastname@example.org and are tax deductible. Thank you everyone for your help, support and following the story. Hopefully people show up with boats tomorrow to try to get the remaining dogs. #HurricaneHarvey #Harvey #evacuationhelpneeded #donationsneeded #houston #texas #evacuation
It will be weeks until the Gulf Coast recovers, and Harvey’s aftermath will leave thousands of animals without homes. Some pet owners will be forced to surrender their animals because their homes were destroyed, and kennels will be overfilled with both former pets and strays. One of the biggest ways you can help relieve the pressure put on rescue shelters is to adopt an animal rather than buy from a breeder. Shelters only have so much space, and their resources will quickly dwindle. When you adopt, you not only rescue that one animal, but you also make room at the shelter for more innocent lives.