How to help animals affected by Hurricane Harvey

As the flood waters rise around Houston, Texas, our hearts are sinking.  It is hard to see fellow Americans and animals suffering and in distress.  Many people have reached out to us at the SPCA of Wake County to find out how you can help.

The BEST thing people can do is to donate money to the local rescues there in the flooded areas and the surrounding areas where shelters are taking in as many of the animals as they can.

People love to donate things, but by the time those “things” get to the destination, it’s often more of a burden for rescue workers to sift through everything, check expiration dates and arrange transport to get it to the people or animals who need it.

By donating money directly to the local charities, they can buy exactly what they need, right when they need it.  There was a great article on CBS the other day about this and how it is much more cost effective to donate money rather than sending supplies:  https://www.cbsnews.com/news/when-disaster-relief-brings-anything-but-relief/

Giving local means your money stays local, is managed by the people who live and work regularly in the affected areas and can make the highest and most immediate impact.  Be aware that the ASPCA is not an umbrella organization for all SPCA’s.  When you donate to the ASPCA, your money goes to that specific organization which is in New York.  It is an independent organization, just like us and other SPCA’s across the country.

Here in North Carolina, we are also familiar with the devastating impacts of hurricanes and flooding.  Take steps now to create your own disaster preparedness plan for your family and pets and create a pet emergency kit.

Today.com has an article linking to several of the animal rescue groups in the areas devastated by Harvey:  https://www.today.com/amp/pets/hurricane-harvey-flooding-how-help-save-animals-pets-t115618

Reviewing the Houston SPCA’s website and social media, including the Houston SPCA, here are other shelters that have been affected by Harvey:

Austin Pets Alive!

AustinPetsAlive.org

https://www.facebook.com/austinpetsalive/

Fort Bend County Animal Services

http://www.fortbendcountytx.gov/

https://www.facebook.com/FortBendAnimalServices/

Harris County VPH (Friends of County Pets) https://www.friendsofcountypets.org/

https://www.facebook.com/FOCPets

BARC Animal Shelter and Adoptions

http://www.houstonbarc.com

https://www.facebook.com/BARCHouston

Rescued Pets Movement

http://www.rescuedpetsmovement.org

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rescued-Pets-Movement/432336290208624

Humane Society of Aransas County

http://www.rockportfultonhumanesociety.org

https://www.facebook.com/Humane-Society-and-Adoption-Center-of-Rockport-Fulton-187136354640613/

Gulf Coast Humane Society

http://www.gchscc.org/

https://www.facebook.com/GulfCoastHumaneSocietyCorpus/

SPCA of Brazoria County

http://www.spcabc.org

https://www.facebook.com/SPCABrazoriaCounty

Humane Society of Southeast Texas

http://www.humanesocietyofsoutheasttexas.org/

https://www.facebook.com/humanesocietyofsoutheasttexas.org/

Westbury CARE (Westbury Compassionate Animal Rescue Efforts)

http://www.westburycare.com/ https://www.facebook.com/WestburyCARE/

Wharton City Animal Shelter

http://wcspot.org/

https://www.facebook.com/wcspot/

Texas Litter Control

http://www.texaslittercontrol.org/

https://www.facebook.com/TexasLitterControl/

League City Animal Shelter

http://www.leaguecity.com/index.aspx?NID=592

https://www.facebook.com/leaguecityanimalshelter/

Ingleside Animal Shelter

http://inglesidetx.gov/animal-control/

https://www.facebook.com/InglesideAnimalControl/

Jacinto City Animal Shelter

http://www.jacintocity-tx.gov/animal-control/

St. Landry Parish Animal Control, Opelousas, Louisiana

http://stlandryparish.org/department/animal-services

https://www.facebook.com/StLandryParishAnimalShelter/

Bayou Animal Services

http://www.bayouanimalservices.org/

https://www.facebook.com/bayouanimalservices/

Aransas Pass Animal Control

https://www.facebook.com/APAnimalControl/

Tails Tails Animal Rescues

https://www.facebook.com/pg/TallTailsanimalrescue/about/?ref=page_internal

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One Response to “How to help animals affected by Hurricane Harvey”

  1. Wendy Parrott

    I would like to help transport animals, large or small to make room for new ones coming in from the hurricane. I have a large stock trailer, and can haul them to their destination.

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