Hurricane Harvey is displacing family pets, coastal Texas animal shelters, and local wildlife.
The impact of Hurricane Harvey on animals is so large that Austin animal shelters and wildlife rescues need your help to provide relief efforts. Local shelters are deluged with pets from Harvey evacuees, coastal shelters, stray pets, and wildlife displaced from tropical storm Harvey.
Local Foster Families Needed
Animal shelters are in great need of foster families, not only for stray pets rescued from the Houston area floodwaters but also for evacuees unable to find a shelter that will take in families with pets. If you can foster, please contact a shelter near you. If you find displaced pets or displaced animals, shelters ask that you report the stray by calling 311 and then foster temporarily to ease the burden on overflowing animal shelters.
Shelters are also requesting you check before donating some items, as some are reporting they are running out of storage for donated dog food and crates.
The Numbers Are Overwhelming
Austin Pets Alive has relocated and helped over 235 animals. Austin Wildlife Rescue has taken in more than 100 animals including 70 baby squirrels and many other wild animals over the course of this catastrophic tropical storm. Baby squirrels are easily dislodged from their tree nests during heavy rain or wind storms and often require help from animal rescues to get to higher ground.
Ways You Can Help
Shelters are also in need of towels, newspapers, and bedding for animals as well as financial donations. Click on the link below to visit the shelter's website or call the rescue groups for wish lists.
- Austin Animal Center 311 or 512-974-2000
- Austin Humane Society 512-646-7387
- PAWS Shelter of Central Texas 512-268-1611
Hurricane Harvey is the worst storm the Gulf Coast has ever seen; worse than Hurricane Katrina that hit New Orleans, Louisiana in 2005. Rescue efforts will continue for time to come from this natural disaster and will need all the support they can get from good Samaritans around the United States and beyond.
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