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URGENT: Help Pets Displaced by Harvey’s Massive Flooding

Pets displaced by this horrific storm need help!

09/06 UPDATE

$5,000 grant to Lone Star Pyrs and Paws Rescue: Funds will go to the rental of two additional, large warehouses. Pyrs & Paws is using the space to take in additional food, pet bedding, pet supplies, and crates which they are distributing to displaced families staying at the Dallas Mega Shelter and elsewhere as well as fosters, rescues and shelters that are aiding animals in need.

$15,000 grant to Remote Area Medical: Since 1985, this amazing group has been providing mobile medical and veterinary services to those in need. Their volunteer veterinarians are helping families and their pets all over the impacted area. Funds will be used to support their efforts.

An additional $10,000 grant was awarded to International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) to support ongoing efforts: IFAW provides animals assistance in over 40 countries, currently has two of their Animal Water Search and Rescue Teams in place helping in the effort to move over a hundred adoptable animals from the Galveston Island Humane Society to the Houston SPCA to make way for animal flood victims. The animals will then be moved from the Houston SPCA out of the region to other areas.

An additional $10,000 grant was awarded to The Humane Society of the United States to support ongoing efforts: Funds will support rescue, transport and sheltering efforts.

An additional $5,000 grant was awarded to RedRover to support ongoing efforts: RedRover is offering their disaster response services by caring for sheltered animals in the Dallas Mega shelter which can house up to 5,000 people and their pets.

An additional $5,000 grant was awarded to Code 3 Associates: Code 3 have been providing Disaster First Responder training and services since 1985 and were first to design and create a fully self-sufficient vehicle that could respond to animal needs during disasters. These pioneers in animal disaster response are coordinating animal search and rescue efforts in the Greater Houston area currently.

$15,000 grant to San Antonio Animal Care Services: Funds will support lost pets arriving daily at their shelter, providing the care and support these lost pets need until being reunited with their families. Funds will also cover costs for transporting all of their animals to make room for lost pets.

$20,000 grant to Houston Humane Society: The Houston Humane Society is one of the main disaster support shelters for the animals in the Greater Houston area. As with San Antonio Animal Care Services, they had to transport their animals to make room for the lost pets that are arriving at their shelter daily. Additionally, they have had to acquire temporary kennels to make room for the incoming pets. Funds will be used for transport, care, vetting and support of these animals.

$15,000 grant to American Humane Association: American Humane is currently caring for the animals at three of the Mega Shelters in Texas and Louisiana in addition to the numerous search and rescue teams they have deployed around both states. They are expending huge effort and resource to ensure that families reunite with their pets. Funds will be used to support these efforts.

11,500 doses of medicine and vaccine which will help over 34,000 pets: Our Rescue Bank team distributes these medicines under the guidance of our veterinary consultant, and by American Humane at the Mega Shelters they are servicing.

800 Rapid-Response Tests: These much needed items are used to test a variety of dog and cat diseases as the rescued animals arrive at the shelters. The Brazoria Animal Shelter, under the guidance and support of Lucy Pet Foundation, and Austin Pets Alive will be the recipient.

08/29 UPDATE: Torrential rain is expected continue over parts of Texas and Louisiana in the next several days, worsening flooding in some areas. Through Rescue Bank, we are gearing up to deliver pallets of food and critical supplies out of our affiliate locations. Here’s what we have lined up and ready to go as soon as it is safe to go into Houston:

* We have a truck of pet food making its way over to the Dallas Convention Center.
* Our nearest affiliate in Oklahoma City is on standby and ready to deliver to Houston as soon as we can get into the city.
* Pet beds, litterboxes, and crates are being sent to our Dallas affiliate for staging.
*In anticipation of the influx of more pets displaced by the continuing rise of water levels throughout the Gulf Coast, we are also collecting crucial medication and vaccines to ensure pets are healthy and adoption ready.

With your support, here’s what we have done so far:

  • The George R. Brown Convention Center in downtown Houston is staging an emergency evacuation shelter for all who can get there safely—and their pets. So far, bedraggled and frazzled Houston residents have brought in between 70-80 dogs and five cats—but there was no pet food for them there. Rescue Bank delivered 230 lbs of dog food, 175 lbs of cat food, and 80 lbs of cat litter as well as litter pans. This not only takes care of sweet dogs and cats who need it but also takes some weight off an already-burdened system!
  • Rescue Bank is staging locations to get out much-needed food and supplies.
  • A key rescue shelter in Lafayette, LA, was already crowded and expecting a big influx of pet rescues to come. To make sure they can do this critical intake of storm victims, GreaterGood.org, in partnership with Wings of Rescue, has already transported 88 dogs and 20 cats to waiting, welcoming shelters in San Diego, with more transport flights lined up for similar situations.
  • Four more flights are scheduled to transport more than 200 cats and dogs out of San Antonio, TX, for a second chance and new forever homes in the Pacific Northwest.
  • Local rescue shelters are taking in displaced pets and are both running out of supplies and lost some supplies in floodwaters. We are overnighting 100 each of rapid tests for Parvo, Giardia, and FeLV/FIV. These are crucial supplies to keep rescued populations healthy and treat intakes with proper veterinary care as needed!

In addition to providing critical supplies, we are currently in the process of awarding cash grants to the following groups:

Rescue Bank is providing a critical link between in-kind donors supporting Hurricane Harvey relief and the federal, state, local and NGO organizations needing those products. Almost two dozen major brands and retailers are offering critically needed items, including food, crates, litter, hard goods and veterinary medical products. Rescue Bank will manage distribution over the wide area impacted through its existing warehouses in Houston, Baton Rouge, Dallas, and San Antonio.Also, they are coordinating with, and scheduling shipments to the Small Animal Task Force of the Texas Animal Health Commission, Texas A&M AgriLife County Extension offices, and FEMA Logistics. In the first few days of response, Rescue Bank has either shipped, received in its warehouses, or has scheduled to arrive enough pet food for 1 million meals along with other critical supplies.

$90,000 grant to Wings of Rescue: Wings of Rescue have already moved 390 pets out of the flood-affected area and are planning to move another 500 in the next few days alone.

$10,000 grant to Code 3 Associates: Code 3 have been providing Disaster First Responder training and services since 1985 and were first to design and create a fully self-sufficient vehicle that could respond to animal needs during disasters. These pioneers in animal disaster response are coordinating animal search and rescue efforts in the Greater-Houston area currently.

$10,000 grant to International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW): IFAW provides animals assistance in over 40 countries, currently has two of their Animal Water Search and Rescue Teams in place helping in the effort to move over a hundred adoptable animals from the Galveston Island Humane Society to the Houston SPCA to make way for animal flood victims. The animals will then be moved from the Houston SPCA out of the region to other areas.

$10,000 grant to RedRover: RedRover is offering their disaster response services by caring for sheltered animals in the Dallas Mega shelter which can house up to 5,000 people and their pets.

$10,000 grant to The Humane Society of the United States: Funds will support rescue, transport and sheltering efforts.

$10,000 grant to MuttNation: Funds will support MuttNation’s transport program which is coordinating the movement of animals out of the flood-affected zone and to recipient shelters. They estimate moving hundreds of dogs out within the next week alone.

$5,000 to $10,000 grants to San Antonio Pets Alive, San Antonio Animal Care Services, SPCA of Texas in Dallas, Houston SPCA and the TULSA SPCA. In addition, we are sending these groups food, vaccinations, enrichment toys, litter and other critical supplies.

But we are only seeing the beginning. This situation is dire. More help is needed. Please click here to donate!

Unloading precious cargo in San Diego!

Monday we funded a flight of 108 shelter dogs and cats flown away from Harvey to the San Diego Humane Society. We will be funding five more flight requests. These shelter pets are moving so owned pets who are displaced by the storm can be brought to safety. This is just the beginning of our efforts. There is dire need for more help. Please click here to donate!

Out of the storm and into sunny California

30,000 people and their pets are in or need temporary shelters. This number is expected to rise greatly. Areas of Harris County, home to Houston, received over 50 inches of rain!

Harvey is “beyond anything experienced” with rainfall measured in feet, rather than inches. Up to 53 casualties have been reported while thousands of people and pets remain displaced as rescue operations remain ongoing. Across the flood-ravaged state, 33 counties are now under federal disaster declarations.

Your help is urgently needed to assist animals. 100% of your donation will go to help those who will be affected by Hurricane Harvey. Click here to donate!

by wpengine, August 25, 2017