As waters continue to rise as Hurricane Harvey wreaks havoc on south eastern Texas, citizens all over are stepping up to not only help each other but also animals in need. A group of citizens are seen in this video assisting with the rescue of several cats from a home in the Houston area. The cats are clearly soaked, cold, and distressed but thanks to these brave locals, they will be safe from harm very soon. Similar stories are being seen across the area, showing the rescue, love, and bond between eople and pets.
Along with good samaritans, shelters, and rescue groups are also out rescuing animals that have been left behind. The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) started working days before the storm hit, one of many lessons learned after Hurricane Katrina. HSUS is working with several rescue groups including the Houston Humane Society and Wings of Rescue to help free up shelter space for the hundreds of displaced animals. Another organization, Austin Pets Alive, has already rescued hundreds of pets from the path of Hurricane Harvey and transported them to their shelter. The group has also created a website page specifically for help with Hurricane Harvey.
For many victims of natural disasters such as Hurricane Harvey, the thought of leaving their pets behind is one of the toughest decisions. While many will be reunited with their pets during the aftermath, hundreds of people will unfortunately never see their pets again or be unable to take care of them because of the loss of their own homes and livelihoods. There are many ways you can help the animals impacted by Harvey including hosting a fundraiser, donating, signing up for training to help with future disasters, and spreading awareness by sharing updates and links to donate.
To help the HSUS Disaster Relief Fund with the rescue, care, and transport of animals impacted by Hurricane Harvey click here.