We’ve been devastated by the destruction left in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. We’re huge animal lovers and would love to find ways to help the animal shelters and rescue groups in our area to recover from the storm. How can we help?
Helping Animals in The Heights
Dear Helping Animals,
There’s no doubt about it, Houston took a punch to the gut from Hurricane Harvey. For all of the human devastation that we witnessed, countless animals were affected by the storm as well. So, if you’re ready to help, here are few ways to make a difference in the lives of animals in the path of the storm:
• Support your animal shelters: Local shelters took in thousands of animals in the wake of Harvey. They’re desperate for supplies and, most of all, foster homes during this time. You can also get on Amazon and look for wish-lists that shelters have created and order supplies to be shipped directly to them.
• Many rescue groups operate on a foster-only basis, meaning that they have no brick and mortar “shelters” for their animals. Many of these foster homes were flooded during the storm. Contact one near you and see if they need help–they most certainly do.
• Help the animals who evacuated with their owners. Many people did well just to get out of their flooded homes safely. Many might have forgotten the pets’ supplies. Consider checking with the area shelters to see if they need pet food, leashes, collars and bowls.
• Many shelters and rescue groups have been actively transporting pets to safer areas. Volunteer to drive some pets to a safer location.
We’re seen our community absolutely stand together during this disaster and the out-pouring of love and care that has been shown to our pets is unfathomable. While much help is needed immediately, these needs are certain to persist as recovery efforts evolve.
Below is a list of area animals shelters and groups to contact if you would like to help:
K-9 Angels: www.k-9angelsrescue.org
Scout’s Honor: www.scoutshonor.org
Save A Cat Rescue: www.saveacatrescue.org
Animal Justice League: www.animaljusticeleague.org
Friends For Life: www.friends4life.org
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Pet of the Week
Meet Evie. This sweet little girl was living under a shed in West Houston in the days leading up to Hurricane Harvey. Some caring volunteers worried about her as the storm approached and, after several hours of work, (in the pouring rain and mud) they were able to rescue her. Now Evie would love a foster home to dry off a bit and start her new life. Could you help? If so, email Scout’s Honor at email@example.com.