Pet Relief Efforts Continue After Hurricane Harvey
The SPCA of Texas, received a transfer of 123 un-owned cats from The Cattery Cat Shelter in Corpus Christi at the SPCA of Texas' Animal Rescue Center, empowered by PetSmart Charities Emergency Relief, in West Dallas.
SPCA of Texas
It’s hard—and agonizing—to imagine having to leave your pet behind in a time of an unprecedented disaster. However, Hurricane Harvey has made the unimaginable very real for thousands of people and countless pets in Texas and Louisiana. Relief efforts are being made by a number of groups around the country, like the Humane Society of the United States and Wings of Rescue, to provide safe transport in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. According to news reports, days before Harvey made landfall, many adoptable pets were moved out of Texas by Wings of Rescue to make room for displaced and lost pets in the affected areas. Pets were also moved to safer locations to later reconnect with their owners.
It has been reported that hundreds of cats and dogs have safely made it to the open arms and hearts of no-kill shelters in New Jersey, California, Oregon, Washington, Colorado, Georgia, Alabama and Louisiana. Wings of Rescue is a volunteer- and donation-driven organization based in Livermore, Calif., which safely transports pets all over the country. The organization setup a base in El Paso, Texas with supplies and cargo planes for evacuation. RedRover, a nationwide non-profit organization has teamed up with Texas SPCA to care for the pets that were relocated to Dallas.
RedRover has a few thousand volunteers who have been trained to rescue and care for animals in the event of a natural disaster. Louisiana SPCA has been making advanced preparations in case emergencies arise by moving adoptable pets out of their facility to safe zones.
Despite the complete chaos and stress of Harvey, it seems that both human and pets alike are working together.
“Animals tend to be sensitive to disruption but most seemed to intuit that all the activity around them was for their own good. I think it’s one more example of animals having a deep understanding. So many of them have been really calm,” said Katie Jarl, the Texas senior state director of the Humane Society of the United States, in an interview with USA Today.
In anticipation of the weeks that follow the devastation, the Atlanta Humane society has reportedly waived all adoption fees for all dogs and cats one-year and up through the end of the month in order to make room to house more displaced pets from Texas and Louisiana.
The American Humane Rescue, a national humane organization serving animals in disasters and cruelty cases, is working with Chicken Soup for the Soul pet food company to donate and deliver 100,000 pounds of food to shelters and displaced pet owners.
The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) is also working hard to help those impacted by the storm.
“We are deeply saddened by the devastation caused by hurricane Harvey and will do our very best to serve the communities impacted by this storm,” IFAW said in a statement. “We deployed water rescue teams and have emergency sheltering and wildlife rescue teams on standby to respond as soon as needed.”