when natural disasters like hurricane havey hit, sometimes people forget that pets are impacted too and need our help. when evacuating to a shelter, some people in the houston area had to leave their pets behind (some shelters don’t allow humans to bring their furbabies!), while others *chose* to abandon their pets (i’ve seen some pictures of pups still tied up outside as the water slowly rises around them – sooo horrible!). on top of all that, local animal shelters and rescues are flooded and the staff have had to act fast to save all the animals in their facility.
in other words: this. is. mother. puppin. AWFUL.
what’s a pup with over 300,000 super generous, caring, and incredibly awesome social media followers 😉 to do?
…find out which rescues need our help, and the organizations we can donate to so we can make a difference!
here are some organizations i found that need our help and are making a difference for houston pets impacted by hurricane harvey:
Houston Humane Society
i have friends in dallas, and their local news channels are reporting that giving to houston humane society of houston or humane society of san antonio.
if you want to donate to the houston humane society, you can either purchase items off this amazon wish list with all the supplies they need (everything will be shipped directly to them!), or you can donate directly to their organization on their website. if you donate on their website, please put HARVEY in the “gift message” to earmark your funds for hurricane relief efforts.
San Antonio Humane Society
the san antonio humane society is also doing really BIG things to help houston pets in need!
they’ve set up a emergency fund specifically to offset expenses of sheltering pet evacuees and strays impacted by hurricane harvey.
“the San Antonio Humane Society (SAHS) is starting an emergency fund called Harvey’s Heroes to offset expenses to help us shelter pet evacuees and strays affected by hurricane harvey. currently, we are housing 70+ pets from evacuee families forced to flee their homes, strays, and transferred shelter pets saved from the inclement weather. the cost of caring for these pets alone is approximately $25,000 and counting as more pets arrive at the SAHS.”
by donating to their harvey’s heroes fund, you’ll make it possible for SAHS to continue accepting as many dogs, cats, puppies and kittens who need their help for as long as necessary.
if you’d like to donate, visit the Harvey’s Heroes emergency fund page on their website.
Austin Pets Alive!
Austin Pets Alive! is a non-profit organization committed to helping the shelters and rescues in the direct line of hurricane harvey.
Austin Pets Alive! is working to transport as many pets as possible, and as of saturday they had transported 330 animals to their shelter
“here is still a lot of work ahead of us. we’ve been receiving reports from shelter partners in areas hit hardest by the hurricane and areas expecting the most flooding that over the course of the next 24-72 hours, they are anticipating another significant influx of animals that they may not be able to help.”
they’ve heard reports of extensive lines of people surrendering their pets, so Austin Pets Alive! needs your help so they can be ready to help as many pets as they possibly can.
if you want to help austin pets alive! save as many pets as they can, you can donate directly on their website. if you’re local, there are other ways you can help out, like fostering or helping to transport homeless pets. click that link to read more about how you can make a difference if you’re available to lend a paw. 🙂
How will you help?
these are just three of the many, many organizations that are doing all they can to help houston pets impacted by hurricane harvey.
if you choose to help, please remember to be smart about the organizations you give your hard-earned money to. to ensure that an organization is reputable (like the ones i’ve featured here!), animal rescue expert rachael of 2 traveling dogs recommends first checking with your local shelters and rescues to see what they are doing to help, and to see how you can help them with their texas rescue efforts.
even though the situation in texas is the most crucial at the moment, rachael also wants to remind us that your local shelters, rescues and animals still need help too, so don’t forget about them! “you may also choose to bring supplies to the volunteers there like meals and bottled water as they will be working around the clock, many traveling far distances to be of assistance in texas. whatever you choose to do, know that every part, big and small contributes in a large way! every life counts!”
i couldn’t have said it better myself! 🙂
if you are able, please consider donating. every little bit makes a difference. the pets – and the humans who are caring for them – thank you! and so do i 🙂