Pet Professionals Help After Hurricane Harvey
Members of FEMA's Urban Search and Rescue Nebraska Task Force One (NE-TF1) rescue a pet from floodwaters of Hurricane Harvey.
FEMA News Photo
In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, tens of thousands of Americans and their pets are homeless. In collaboration as well as independently, individuals and groups across the country are working to relieve as much of the suffering as possible. Pet businesses are doing their part, donating time, money and resources to those affected.
Here is a non-exhaustive list of groups to which you may desire to send monetary or other resources. PIJAC and Pet Product News do not endorse any particular effort below or elsewhere, and provide this list for information purposes only:
The Pet Leadership Council (PLC) is helping to coordinate myriad efforts among PLC members and other groups. More information about that effort will be released in the near future with all organizations involved with the effort.
PetSmart Charities has donated three trucks of supplies and food, as well at least one million dollars for displaced pets.
Petco Foundation has dedicated at least $2.3 million to victims of Hurricane Harvey.
Mars Petcare, VCA Animal Hospitals and the Banfield Hospital-affiliated non-profit foundation are sponsoring canine search-and-rescue teams from the Austin area, raising money for those affected, providing medical assistance and antibiotics for megashelters, and working with FEMA to help coordinate more than 40,000 pounds of food to pets in the Houston area.
Many businesses are doing what they can to help Houston’s pets:
- Jackonsville pet supermarkets and Pet Supplies Plus are raising funds for supplies.
- A pet boarder in the Tampa, Fla., area is accepting donations to send supplies to Texas.
- A Maryland groomer sponsored a “clip-a-thon” to raise money.
- At least three San Antonio businesses are helping with pet supplies.
- Waco, Texas area groomers are offering free care to displaced pets.
Stories abound of Houston-area residents risking their lives and health for beloved companion animals. Hopefully, the work by above groups and others can help people and pets alike get through Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath safely.
Dustin Siggins is director of communications for the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC). PIJAC is the responsible pet trade’s advocacy, legislative, and education voice.