Hurricane Harvey ripped through Texas and left devastation and destruction in its path. Both humans and animals were affected and some even lost their lives. And in the aftermath of the storm, countless people from around the world are offering their help.
Thanks to the post-Hurricane Katrine Pets Evacuation and Transportation Standards Act of 2006, rescue groups focus on animals during emergency evacuation situations. But, that doesn’t necessarily mean every animal in Houston made it out safely. Many animals were still left behind – some out of sheer necessity while others were stuck in shelters.
Emergency rescue teams were sent to help transport many dogs out of Houston to rescue groups and shelters around the country. But, those who had to stay in Houston are in desperate need of help – either through volunteering or donations.
If you’re looking for ways to help or donate, here is your guide.
Houston was hit hardest by Harvey and the city is still trying to get back on its feet. The Houston SPCA has been working around the clock – both at the shelter and out in the city – and have no plans of stopping. A spokesperson said the shelter anticipates hundreds of orphaned and injured wildlife. To donate to the Houston SPCA, click here.
Austin Pets Alive!
Though not in Houston, Austin Pets Alive! transported over 330 animals and are still transporting animals from various shelters in Houston. There are numerous animals available for adoption at this shelter – both from Houston and Austin – and it’s a great spot to either volunteer or donate. Click here to donate or view their wish list.
Wings of Rescue
Wings of Rescue is a unique rescue group that sent several chartered planes to help evacuate homeless animals from San Antonio to help make room for more lost or surrendered animals. The founder, Cindy Smith, have flown over 100 animals to various rescue groups around the states and are still transporting dogs. To help Wings of Rescue, click here.
The Louisiana SPCA is working closely with rescue groups in Texas – like the Houston SPCA and the Texas SPCA – and transporting animals to make room for both local animals and those from Houston. The Louisiana SPCA has also made preparations for local rescues if needed. To help with donations, click here.
PAWS Chicago is no stranger to helping animals in the south. They even made a trip before the hurricane to help make room for displaced animals in Houston. They brought nearly 30 adoptable cats and dogs to Chicago. They’ve already planned on coming back when safe with a medical staff and volunteers to bring more animals to Chicago. To make donations to PAWS, click here.
Do you know of any other ways to help the animals affected by Hurricane Harvey? Let us know in the comments below.