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The Hurricane Harvey Pet Nightmare: Here’s How You Can Help

Dog is rescued in Texas.

Shelters and rescue organizations are doing everything they can on the ground to support the victims of Hurricane Harvey. I have vetted the organizations listed below personally to ensure that your donation will be put to the best use possible.

The sad reality of the Texas hurricane evacuation is that many human shelters do not allow pets. However, pets do have some place to go – pet shelters. In order to make room for pet dogs in need of emergency housing, Texas shelters began transporting dogs and cats elsewhere to clear the shelters. Some of these animals have ended up here, but our shelters are also full. Emergency foster homes are needed ASAP in order to accommodate all of these additional animals. Emergency volunteers are needed to help walk and care for the additional animals. Emergency funds are needed to provide medical attention and food to these animals.

Please do not send supplies unless they are specifically requested by an organization. Sending extra dog beds or bags of food creates more work for volunteers on the ground. What these organizations need is money so that they can allocate resources appropriately.

If you’d like to send funds straight to Texas

Donate to local shelters on the ground doing the hard work where it’s needed most. SPCA of Texas is handling hundreds of animals who have been displaced and are temporarily housing pets that are not allowed in human shelters. These pets need veterinary care, behavioral assessments, and lots of TLC. Please consider donating here.  Austin Pets Alive! is doing similar work. You can donate here.

If you’d like to help rescues transporting dogs out of Texas

These animals were waiting in Texas shelters to be adopted when they were displaced to make room for pet animals who were flooded from their homes. Many rescue organizations from around the country have been stepping up to help. The cost of transport, veterinary care, and emergency housing adds up quickly. These organizations could use all the help they can get – please consider providing an emergency foster home for one of these animals, volunteering to walk the dogs, and/or providing a monetary donation.

Big Fluffy Dog Rescue, located in Nashville, has been responding to SOS calls and picking up dogs to get them out of Texas. THEY ARE CURRENTLY LOOKING FOR FOSTER HOMES ALONG THE EAST COAST. You can donate to their care here. 

St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center – New Jersey has received animals from Texas this week. You can donate here.

Our own lovely Bully Project is looking for a dog-free home that can foster super snuggler Ronnie so that they shift their focus towards Harvey victims. To see this sweetie, click here.

Animal Haven and Bidawee have also been transporting dogs here from Texas.

Help a Harvey Pet, Help Your Own Dog

If you ever wanted to DNA test your dog, this is the time to do it. Embark is the leading DNA testing company. Their DNA test results will even let you know if your mixed breed pup has inherited any breed related medical problems. Purchase a test kit through Sunday 8/3, and 100% of profits will go to Harvey victims. Know where your dog came from? Purchase a kit for a friend.

Evermore Pet Food is donating 10% of their sales to Austin Pets Alive! from now through the holiday weekend. Evermore is a wonderful, nutritious, lightly cooked pet food. It’s great for daily meals or even as a special treat during training sessions.