With everything in the news turning to Hurricane Irma and Florida, there is a good chance the people, pets and devastation of Hurricane Harvey may be forgotten, so please indulge me on this.
If you haven’t heard about Operation Pets Alive, you should check into them. What a great group of people and then we need to give props to Southwest Airlines for their help, as well. The group and the airline teamed up to save the animals left behind in the wake of Hurricane Harvey by flying 64 pets (cats and dogs) to San Diego to be put up for adoption.
Needless to say, this was one furry rescue flight, with plenty of love to go around! pic.twitter.com/mtBuDBGDw1
— Southwest Airlines (@SouthwestAir) September 6, 2017
Right now, they are being fed and making sure all their shots are up to date at the Helen Woodard Animal Shelter in San Diego, so they can find new forever homes in Oakland and San Francisco.
It is probably one of the most heart warming things coming out of a terrible and sad situation.
Here’s more info on how you can help:
- A GoFundMe page has been set up by 4 Paws Farm and the I Love My Dog Team to raise donations for veterinary care, food, and bedding for animals impacte by Hurricane Harvey. To date, the fundraiser has surpassed its original goal, raising almost $50K in just a few days. Click here for more information and to donate.
- Best Friends Animal Society, the first animal rescue on the ground during Hurricane Katrina, has deployed its disaster response team to Texas to help rescue stranded animals, deliver supplies and transport displaced pets. You can donate to the disaster relief fund here.
- The SPCA of Texas is working to evacuate pets out of the affected ares and is helping to provide resources on pet-friendly housing to those evacuating the Houston area. The SPCA of Texas is accepting donations here.
- Austin Pets Alive! Is moving as many displaced animals as possible into its shelter and is working on adopting out the animals currently residing there, so it has more room for Harvey evacuees. The rescue is looking for financial donations and potential adopters, learn more here.
- American Humane is working to rescue animals from the flood waters, as well, and is also providing hundreds of pounds of pet food to pet owners and their animals currently displaced by Harvey. To support these efforts, click here.
- The Humane Society of the United States has several on-the-ground response teams rescuing animals and helping people with pets get to safety. It recently took the lead in organizing a flight of shelter dogs from Texas to New Jersey. Readers can donate towards the rescue effort by clicking here.