Tropical Storm Harvey has unleashed almost 50 inches of rain in the Houston area, transforming the streets into rivers and displacing thousands of people. Many pets have been abandoned, stranded, chained to trees, and left for strangers to rescue.
Here’s how you can help:
National Rescue Organizations
There is a national effort to move hundreds of dogs that are currently in Houston-area shelters to other shelters in the US to make room for the pets that have ended up lost or abandoned from Harvey. The Humane Society of the United States and Wings of Rescue are the two major organizations leading this effort; working with other non-profits like Greater Good, Freekibble and Rescue Bank. To donate money, foster dogs, or volunteer your time, please visit those links.
American Red Cross
The American Red Cross has been on the ground helping with relief and rescue for all involved in the flooding. To learn more, click here.
SPCA of Texas
RedRover, a national nonprofit animal welfare organization based in Sacramento, is headed to Texas later this week to help the SPCA of Texas provide daily care and comfort for animals rescued and relocated to Dallas, Texas. Consider donating to either of these organizations to help with items, care, food, and more.
Best Friends is sending a team of specialists to rescue stranded animals, deliver supplies to hard-hit shelters, transport displaced shelter pets and support emergency sheltering efforts.. To learn more or donate, click here.
Shelters are always in need of fosters who can offer a safe, loving space for dogs while they await adoption. Since so many Texas shelters are moving dogs to other locations in the United States to make room for the displaced tropical storm Harvey pets, any fostering you can do during this time will help the greater cause. Consider contacting your local shelter to foster a dog in need.
This public Facebook group has live updates about pets, groups and individuals who need assistance in the Houston area due to Harvey. Click here to help.