The news images of thousands of Texans escaping the devastating flooding in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey have been heartbreaking.  We’ve also seen distressing photos of people carrying their rain-soaked pets through the floodwaters to safety.  Sadly, not everyone is able to evacuate with their pets, and not all evacuation centers can accommodate animals.

As we saw with Hurricane Katrina, many pets are displaced during natural disasters.  While some are lucky enough to eventually reunite with their owners, others end up in animal shelters across the affected region (and in many cases, across the country) in need of food, shelter, care…and eventually, a new forever home.

What can you do to help pets affected by the hurricane?  The Louisiana SPCA provides some valuable advice, based on their experience with Katrina (Louisiana is also expecting flooding from Harvey).  As tempting as it is to donate items like food and other pet supplies, sending things that will need to be stored in a flood zone can create serious problems for overwhelmed shelters.  The best option?  Send monetary donations to local animal welfare organizations like the SPCA of TexasAustin Pets Alive is also doing great work helping evacuated pets.  Sending local shelters some pet store gift cards or fulfilling wish lists are also helpful ways to donate effectively.

CLICK HERE to view an informative video from CBS News about post-Hurricane Harvey pet rescue efforts.



10 thoughts on “Helping Pets Impacted by Hurricane Harvey

  1. Thank you for posting this; I will share around. It occurred to me as the hurricane hit land that our most recent adoption, Lincoln, was originally picked up as a stray in the Houston area. He then made his way through the networks to Wisconsin, and finally into our/his home. If not for the wonderful organizations down there that found and took care of him back then, I very much doubt he would have made it through the past few days.

    1. Thank you for sharing your adoption story! So many shelters and rescue groups around the US will be getting homeless animals from the hurricane. It’s great to know that there are such kind-hearted people out there willing to take these pets in!

  2. Great advice. I think some people prefer to send items, which, as you said causes problems of storage and distribution, because they think they will be used for the intended purpose whereas, you never know if the money actually helps or just lines the pockets of some unscrupulous person. I try to remember that if I do my part and send money, I have done what I could. If someone uses it “wrongly,” that is their problem and they will eventually have to deal with the consequences of their actions.

    1. Donating items to a flood area can be a problem for shelters…they only have so much dry space. The experts recommend sending funds to LOCAL and reputable animal welfare organizations to be sure your donation is going straight to the animals in need.

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