Whole Dog Journal's Blog August 31, 2017

Record Harvey Flooding in Texas Spells Disaster for Dogs and Cats

Posted at 09:52AM - Comments: (11)

Since making landfall Friday night in Texas, Hurricane Harvey has caused widespread destruction and record flooding in large parts of the state. Over 50 inches of rain have fallen in some areas.

With the severe flooding, and people struggling to keep themselves and their families out of the water, dogs (and cats) are in dire straits. People are being evacuated as fast as possible, and many of them are not permitted or able to take their pets. News reports show animals on roofs and in trees, and few volunteers are available to help rescue, house, and care for them. Abandoned animals and permanently homeless animals alike are fending for themselves in the flooded city.

These animals need help, and they need it now. What’s needed the most are donations of dog and cat food, cages, crates, leashes, veterinary supplies – and money, so that all of these things can be purchased to help care for the animals until they can be reunited with their owners or new homes can be found for them.

So how can you help? If you live near affected areas, volunteer to foster. Shelters will be overflowing with dogs and cats, so you can help free up much needed space by opening your own home to one or more animals. Volunteer to walk, groom, socialize or otherwise care for animals at your local shelter. Donate food, blankets, leashes and other much needed items. Offer to transport animals to shelter locations. If you see an animal in need of rescue, help if you can do so safely (without putting yourself in danger), otherwise contact the appropriate authorities in your area.

If you are not close to the area, consider making a monetary donation to animal rescue groups, shelters and humane societies. Housing, feeding and caring for misplaced animals will require a lot of resources, and every little bit will help these animals while they wait to be reunited with their families or adopted into loving new homes. You can search for shelters and organizations in Texas accepting donations (here’s a list of shelters and rescue organizations in Texas put together by Best Friends Animal Society to get you started). Look for places you know and trust, so you can be sure that your donation will directly benefit animals in need.

It will take months, even years, for the affected cities to recover fully from this devastating event. Let’s all chip in wherever we can to help get them on the road to recovery as quickly as possible.


Comments (11)

Heartfelt thanks to everyone who is helping, in any way.
I appreciate all of the suggested places to donate, I have been looking for just such a list. I appreciate people taking the time to write here.

Posted by: Kelley King | September 1, 2017 7:23 AM    Report this comment

I have contributed to Best Friends and am very glad you are providing their list of agencies providing help. A very sincere thank you to all those who can help, even in a very small way. And God bless and keep those who help and who need help. I truly wish there was more that I could do.

Posted by: Narrowdog | August 31, 2017 10:45 PM    Report this comment

To those looking to adopt: one of the organizations that I've seen repeatedly recommended is called Austin Pets Alive! They have already taken in over 600 animals and are looking to help more. When I compared them to the SPCA of Texas, they have taken in more animals while operating on a much smaller budget, and a far greater percentage of their revenue goes to helping animals (less to administration and fund-raising) than the SPCA. They say they are looking for people to adopt so they can empty shelters to free up room for rescues from the hurricane until those animals can be reunited with their families. More info on their website at austinpetsalive.org

Posted by: Mary Straus | August 31, 2017 6:15 PM    Report this comment

Austin has become the focal point for the hurricane animals; this includes those relocated from flooded shelters, those in the emergency shelters with their families and those currently homeless & evacuated animals. there are 3 organizations on the front lines who need your help: Austin Animal Center is overseeing the animals at the emergency shelters and they are in desperate need of crates. See their Amazon wish list to buy/send crates. Austin Humane Society is taking in animals as well as providing wellness checks to evacuated animals at emergency shelters. See their website for best ways to help. Austin Pets Alive has taken in over 1000 evacuated animals so far and that number is expected to grow significantly. See their website for best ways to help. Thank you.

Posted by: llf | August 31, 2017 5:23 PM    Report this comment

What most organizations need at this point is money.

Posted by: S Hoots | August 31, 2017 12:52 PM    Report this comment


Posted by: Connie Binion | August 31, 2017 12:19 PM    Report this comment

I am fundraising for GRASS is a Golden Retriever Sanctuary for Senior Goldens. Their Facility was flooded. Thanks God everyone was able to get out on time. Please help them to collect funds and supplies to get back in working condition. they have an amazon wish list too. go to our Page in Facebook. Prada's Bunch and Friends to see the details. i am giving a free Prada's Bunch drawstring bag for the donation ( until supplies last). THANK YOU!

Posted by: Silvia Mesa | August 31, 2017 11:45 AM    Report this comment

Thank you! Many local humane societies around the country are sending teams (FEMA certified) to affected areas--not only Houston but to other cities in south TX and likely LA as well to assist local efforts. I am proud that the Oregon Humane Society is one of those. First team left yesterday and OHS is committed to sending teams serving for 1 week for as long as needed and resources hold out. Immediately sent a donation. Their website also has connections to local (Houston) humane societies saving animals. Let's keep all of these rescue workers and animals in our thoughts and prayers as this disaster continues to unfold.

Posted by: Diana in Portland | August 31, 2017 11:19 AM    Report this comment


Posted by: STEVIEG | August 31, 2017 11:13 AM    Report this comment

So happy to see this message and suggestions for ways to help. Two other organizations that are on the ground helping are: Humane Society of U.S. and Wings of Rescue. Wings of Rescue is a group of people who volunteer their time and planes to fly animals from overloaded shelters to other less crowded shelters throughout the U.S. Right now they are taking dogs and cats who were already unclaimed in Texas shelters to make room for animals rescued during Harvey in hopes that they will be claimed later. The need is great and like Best Friends says, let's save them all.

Posted by: gstamm@seanet.com | August 31, 2017 10:32 AM    Report this comment

Clear Conscience Pet will be helping by donating at least 10,000 servings of SuperGravy mix to several organizations for the purpose of making nourishing broth. Dogs under such enormous stress due to separation from their families often stop eating properly, and dry food provides essential core nutrition but is not easy to digest. We salute companies donating kibble, and we want to help volunteers to make that kibble more digestible and more appealing to dogs in distress. Since SuperGravy products are dry mixes, they are very efficient and convenient for volunteers to use, store, and transport. In situations where so many dogs must be fed at once, we will recommend that volunteers make jugs of nourishing SuperGravy broth to get the most use of the product that we donate.

Posted by: SuperGravy Anthony | August 31, 2017 10:27 AM    Report this comment

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