Recent hurricanes Harvey and Irma have left many pet parents anguished at the mere thought that natural disasters could affect their families and pets with such devastation. After Katrina, the Pets Evacuation and Transportation Standards Act was issued so that families with household pets and service animals would be assisted following a disaster. Even now, many families did not evacuate when they were told to, because they were worried about their pets.
But what happens after the water levels go back to normal? The media buzz dies down eventually and many animal shelters will struggle (more than usual) with a surplus of rescued and homeless animals, in need of basic care and medical support. Here’s a list of ways we found (and will continually edit) to support and donate to Hurricane Relief efforts that focus on pets and shelters:
Fetching Tails Foundation
Fetching Tails Foundation, a 501(c)3 dog rescue in Chicagoland, is teaming up with their rescue friends from Players for Pits and One Tail at a Time to head down to Houston and help clean-up efforts after the devastation brought on to shelters and rescues down there after Hurricane Harvey. They have a GoFundMe account here.
4 Paws Farm
4 Paws Farm has partnered with I Love My Dog’s community of over 5.2 million dog and pet lovers in an effort to help maximize their ability to help as many pets as possible in all of the areas impacted by Harvey. 4 Paws Farm is a registered 501C(3). All funds will be held by 4 Paws Farm and dispersed across the impacted area. You can make a donation here.
If you’re thinking about helping all the the larger animals horses, cows and farm animals that probably don’t get as much coverage as the domestic pets, you might want to check out Rejoice Ranch who find themselves overwhelmed with furry flood refugees! They received the animals from Rowdy Girl Ranch and others and they need your help. They are committed to helping their fellow Texans with their animals, as well as taking in many pets that were lost in the storm. They have a GoFundMe set up here.
Foster a Hurricane Pet
If you have space to foster a displaced pet, or you need a temporary home for your own pets, visit www.FosterAHurricanePet.org and register now! You can also donate on this page. Foster a Hurricane Pet is a service of Adopt-a-Pet.com. Adopt-a-Pet.com is North America’s largest non-profit pet adoption website, helping over 17,000 animal shelters, humane societies, SPCAs, pet rescue groups, and pet adoption agencies advertise their purebred and mixed breed pets for free to millions of adopters each month.
If you are looking for ways to help the Houston SPCA from afar, their needs include monetary donations and items that can be found on Amazon Wish Lists for Houston SPCA and Wildlife Center of Texas. Among several amazing rescue stories, we loved reading about their 24-hour animal rescue ambulance that came to the aid of a 90 pound alligator snapping turtle that was discovered in the middle of the road by Houston Police Department. The turtle is estimated to be between 70-100 years old!
Jacksonville Humane Society
After making a call for Foster homes that they amusingly called Storm Troopers, the Jacksonville Humane Society managed to miraculously free the space in their facilities to make room for all the rescued pets during hurricane Irma. You can read the whole story here and donate to them here. Love their hashtag #generositybreedsjoy !
Houston Humane Society
The Houston Humane Society strives to reduce animal suffering throughout the Houston area. Adoption, volunteering, education, participating in their special events, or making a donation to help support their programs, are all ways you can help HHS make a difference in lives of abused, homeless, and neglected animals. They have a Hurricane Harvey Fund too.
With Hurricane Irma bearing down, ASPCA responders have leapt into action. They’ve transported hundreds of animals out of Irma’s path and established an ASPCA mega emergency shelter in South Carolina where more than 600 shelter animals can be transported, cared for and eventually placed. Stay up to date on their Irma response, and see how you can help here.
American Kennel Club
AKC Pet Disaster Relief helps communities across the country be prepared to keep people with their pets during disasters. The AKC Pet Disaster Relief program donates pet-related disaster preparedness and relief efforts, including but not limited to purchasing and donating the AKC Pet Disaster Relief trailers, donations to emergency pet sheltering organizations, and resupplying AKC Pet Disaster Relief trailers. Through these donations, pet owners will not need to risk staying in harm’s way because they don’t have a safe place to go with their pet.
Austin Pets Alive
How to help? Adopt. Have you been ready to add a furry member to your family? With more animals than ever in their care, this is the perfect time to offer a forever home to a pet in need. Check their available cats or available dogs pages, which are updated in real time. Volunteer. In either Houston or Austin, they have opportunities for you! Stay connected. With changing needs and updates this situation will outlive the initial triage that they had to conduct in Houston. Make sure you’re subscribed to their newsletter list to receive exciting new information and follow on social media! Share your story.
Last, but not least, PETABLE has a way to donate to Shelters affected by the Hurricane, through the App.
By promoting responsible pet ownership, PETABLE awards its users with Pet-a-Points. These can be used to donate meals to shelters in 5 different countries.
In the US, for the following months, the PETABLE App will feature Shelters with hurricane relief efforts in place, in need of your support. If you’re from another country but would like to donate to one of these Shelters, simply change your country to USA in the ‘Me’ section and go back to the Donate screen where you will be able to make your donation in meals. Just start by downloading the App for Android & iOS