Last week, before Hurricane Harvey touched down, animal welfare organizations like American Humane, RedRover and The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) were already taking action to prepare. On Saturday, HSUS worked with local officials to help evacuate animals and assist shelters with their disaster plans. Emergency accommodations were put in place and animal and human evacuees were transported to safety, while requests for donations and supplies were sent out across the nation.
Along with other animal first responders, the HSUS Rescue Team stood by in wait with food, crates, transport vehicles and emergency equipment, prepared to save animals in need. By Sunday afternoon, the Hurricane Harvey had caused massive destruction across Southeast Texas, with more to come. As water levels rose, homes flooded, trapping residents and their animals. “The images of despair and rescue on social media and on television remind us how our lives are bound up with animals,” writes Wayne Pacelle, President and CEO of HSUS. “People are leaving behind their material possessions but carrying their dogs on their shoulders, in their arms, or in crates or carriers. Unlike during Katrina, first responders understand the power of the human-animal bond, and know that saving the animals is part of their responsibility now, too.”
As the flooding persists, HSUS is continuing to transport animals and lessen overcrowding at local shelters. “We’ll be doing whatever is necessary, whether it’s supporting established emergency shelters or going door to door to conduct rescues,” writes Pacelle. “We’re committing to see this crisis through, no matter how long the road to recovery, and we hope you’ll be there for us every step of the way.”
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