H is for Hurricane Harvey, Houston, Hope and Help for Cats rescued. That’s our rally cry and firm intention.
This comprehensive guide shows how you can help cats rescued from Hurricane Harvey+
In a time of unprecedented catastrophe there has been an unprecedented level of support. On GoFundMe, 4 billion has been raised and the American Red Cross is always a safe bet but generous hearts need to use caution.
Please note: The Red Cross does not allow pets in their emergency shelters.Update: they changed their policy to allow pets.
- Beware of requests for donations by unfamiliar organizations or people. Some leading relief charities now accept donations via cell phone, but unsolicited text messages, like unsolicited telephone and email communications, should be viewed with suspicion and handled with caution.
If you feel confused about where or how to help, read on.
Thousands of cats have been displaced since Hurricane Harvey hit the gulf coast of Texas on August 25th. In the first couple days, news coverage showed images of dogs being rescued but no cats. Cats are more likely to hide in an emergency. In a flooding situation, their natural instinct would be to avoid water and seek higher ground. Most don’t like going into carriers and are not trained to come on command. While there is a movement towards more cat training, few are leash-trained. More cat lives could have been saved with basic training. If you ever need to evacuate, please do not leave your pet behind. Keep cat carriers handy. A recent tragic story involved a young man who died trying to check up on his sister’s cat after she evacuated. She didn’t have a carrier and had left the cat with food and water.
September is Pet Emergency Preparedness Month. Read our tips.
Some Harvey-rescued animals are being sent to shelters in other cities within Texas and out of state. Some dogs are being flown as far away as New Jersey. The level of devastation means it could be weeks or months before many pets can be returned back to their homes. The lucky ones who have ID and have been rescued like the six cats in the video below, will return home. Many others will have lost their homes forever and will need temporary (short or long term) foster homes or permanent adoption. On a positive note, many stray pets will be rescued that otherwise would have remained abandoned. All Texas shelters are in desperate need of help, donations, supplies, volunteers and foster homes.
- Please do not enter a disaster-stricken area to volunteer unless you are part of an organized response team with authorized access.
- list-of-shelters-around-houston-area. Shelters are allowing pets but some require them crated.
- PLEASE DO NOT take a pet you have found to one of the kill shelters. They are always full, and even more so now. Lost pets are often killed before their owners have a chance to find them.
- Anyone interested in volunteering their time to aid recovery efforts should register now with a National Voluntary Organization Active in Disaster or at Friends For Life
- Chances are a shelter near you is collecting supplies.
- Check individual shelter wish lists.
- If you know anyone within a few hours drive of Houston and the smaller towns impacted like Port Arthur and Corpus Christie, the biggest hands-on help would be to offer to foster a cat or two in your home.
- If you’d like to donate, foster or volunteer with a Houston area shelter, click to view a list of NO-KILL Shelters It includes our top choice Friends 4 LifeWe also can vouch for the good work at Austin Pets Alive.
- Scroll down to the end of the page to our list of KILL Shelters. Many of them are on the frontlines of the rescue effort.
- PLEASE DO NOT take a pet you have found to one of the kill shelters. They are always full, and more so now. Lost pets are often killed before their owners have a chance to find them.
- The Texas Animal Health Commission set up a Harvey telephone hotline – 512-719-0799 – to report any animal-related issues, such as animals spotted running loose.
- Emergency Care for Pets and Disasters excellent resource from AVMA.
- Facebook groups Hurricane Harvey LOST & FOUND Pets & Foster Offers – Houston
- TexasHurricaneHarveyPets/ Lost-and-Found-Animals-of-Hurricane-Harvey
- No Kill Houston Facebook Hashtags #foundharveyanimal #lostharveyanimal RescueBank distribute pet food
Get creative. We created shareable, Pinnable posters. Make something to sell. Can you offer to send healing Reiki long-distance? Collect. Our local funeral home is serving free breakfast and collecting pet products to ship to Texas on their dime. Everyone has a useful skill or resource. Writer Gwen Cooper has raised over 16K on Go Fund Me
As displaced pets arrive at shelters, the adoption rate of current pets MUST GO UP. If you can’t adopt, please consider fostering.
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There are 5 KILL SHELTERS in Houston with data courtesy of nokillhouston.org. We’re including the list to inform and we reserve judgment. The need is great there too. There are details of their save rates to help make up your mind.
Whatever you decide to do or where to donate, is up to you to help rescued Harvey cats. But please do something even if it’s simply sharing this post.
3. Houston SPCA
They have “euthanasia only” contracts with surrounding counties, meaning that they take in animals from surrounding communities and kill them for a fee.
They also have “euthanasia only” contracts