Helping Animals Displaced by Hurricane Harvey
As most of you are well aware, humans are not the only ones who have been affected by the devastating conditions left behind by Hurricane Harvey. Thousands of animals have been displaced, stranded, and abandoned. Animal welfare, rescues, shelters, medical professionals, and disaster response teams are working furiously to help evacuate and shelter animals in need.
It goes without saying that resources, both financial and non-financial, are stretched to the limit and these heroic organizations and individuals need your help. Below is a list of ways you can contribute to the relief effort. No donation is too small and none will go unappreciated.
1. 4 Paws Farm has partnered with I Love My Dog’s community of over 5.2 million dog and pet lovers in an effort to help maximize their ability to help as many pets as possible in all of the areas impacted by Harvey. They have set up GoFundMe page to collect donations for the impacted areas.
2. The SPCA of Texas has also put out a call for foster homes to help care for the animals already in shelters and those coming from the Gulf Coast. The organization along with local groups like the Houston Humane Society are also accepting financial donations and in-kind donations, including cat litter, litter boxes, towels, blankets, large wire crates, toys, treats, pet beds, newspaper and gas gift cards.
3. The Animal Defense League of Texas is providing shelter and care for displaced pets and are desperately seeking fosters, supplies, and financial assistance in their efforts.
5. Austin Pets Alive is seeking families that can foster cats and large dogs. In addition to cash donations, the organization can also use in-kind donations like large plastic or metal bins with lids. Space for some items is limited so check with the organization first before you gather supplies.