Spokane Humane Society accepts animals from Texas shelters affected by Harvey

Friday, 01 Sep, 2017

Both Open Arms Animal Rescue in Valparaiso and Bella's House in Griffith expect to send volunteers with supplies to Houston this weekend to assist shelters there with rescue efforts for animals affected by Hurricane Harvey.

PETA's team was also on the ground helping animals in the wake of hurricanes Gustav, Irene, and Sandy, and we used boats to rescue dozens of animals stranded inside homes and on rooftops and balconies when Hurricane Katrina slammed into New Orleans.

"Let's see what what we can do to help", she said.

An image of a German shepherd mix named Otis has also been shared on social media, some calling it another symbol of Texan resiliency.

Toni Bianchi felt like she had to do something.

Chattanooga's Humane Educational Society is taking in pets displaced by Hurricane Harvey and the subsequent flooding. Those wishing to foster animals should visit PAWS.org for more information on the process, she added.

Stay with pets. If crated, they depend on you for food and water.

The Humane Society in Houston's 300-animal shelter will transfer existing animals to other locations after waters recede so it can take in expected surge in stray animals, officials said. In this case, they are flying pets to safer parts of the country, where they will be cared for until they can be reunited with their owners. He says flying the dogs to the Northwest was the only option.

Salise Shuttlesworth is executive director of the organization Friends for Life.

The dogs were already in shelters when the storm hit.

Donations will be accepted from 8 a.m.to 6 p.m. August 30-31, and the morning of September 1 at Happy Day Humane Society, 5710 W. I-20, Big Spring. CEO Rachel Delaney could not be reached for comment. The Louisiana SPCA has moved 30 dogs and cats to Atlanta to make room for animals displaced by Harvey, according to the Times-Picayune. If you want to help, you can fill out the shelter's online form here.

"We are asking that anyone needing small or large animal assistance contact your county law enforcement or emergency management agency directly so they can coordinate with the (Texas Animal Health Commission Pet Task Force)", the group posted on Facebook at midnight Monday.

"What we learned from Katrina is you have to be prepared for a disaster and include your pet in that disaster planning".

Of course you know that you can donate to a disaster relief effort, but it's worth a mention because the Houston Humane Society really needs every penny that they can muster right now.

A public works garage is now an overflow animal shelter.

"It's hard, it's really hard", Taylor said, describing hearing the panic in people's voices.