GREATERGOOD.ORG HURRICANE HARVEY RESPONSE
GREATERGOOD.ORG HURRICANE HARVEY RESPONSE
GREATERGOOD.ORG HURRICANE HARVEY RESPONSE
WHAT WE'VE DONE SO FAR (Check back daily for updates):
UPDATED: September 15, 2017
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 had either shipped, received in its warehouses, or has scheduled to arrive enough pet food for 1 million meals along with other critical supplies.
A few months ago, we purchased and donated cat scratchers to Rescue Bank affiliates. These scratchers are for cats living in cages, and they help relieve stress. They are coming in handy as CATNIP Foundation is using them for hurricane ‘refugee’ cats temporarily stuck in kennels.
We shipped 3-4 pallets of cleaning supplies (paper towels, mops, brooms, etc.) from the Houston Rescue Bank warehouse to CATNIP Foundation. CATNIP Foundation just transported another 40 cats and kittens from hard hit areas in Texas back to Louisiana. They recently found a pilot that was able to transport several of these cats to Jackson Hole, WY, for a shot at a new life. This frees up additional space for transporting more cats out of harm’s way.
$5,000 grant to Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation: This rescue took in an extra 21 Louisiana pets, and 20 more this past Sunday. Funds will go to purchase parasite control products.
An additional $5,000 grant to Houston Humane Society: Funds will go to purchase a refrigerator to store vaccines. The Houston Humane Society is one of the primary disaster support shelters for the animals in the Greater Houston area. As with San Antonio Animal Care Services, Houston Humane 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.
Sent three complete 18 wheelers of dog and cat food to Emily’s Animal Welfare in St. Louis. They will distribute this food to shelters that have taken in pre-hurricane Houston shelter pets.
Donated 20 pallets of pine horse bedding to Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society. A lot of horses are suffering from foot (hoof) rot from standing in water, so Bluebonnet is using this bedding to dry out and sooth their feet.
Pine horse bedding donated to K9 Airlift (2 pallets); Paws and Hooves and Claws (2 pallets).
Cats For Life received two pallets of dog food to aid their efforts to help take in and foster displaced pets in Houston.
Houston SPCA received three pallets of cleaning products.
Houston Humane Society received three pallets of dog beds.
Everything Grey Greyhound Haven in Houston received one pallet of dog food.
Rescue Bank delivered over 11,000 doses of Interceptor to American Humane at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds in Conroe, Texas. The fairgrounds are currently the home of over 800 dogs and cats who survived Hurricane Harvey; these animals are vetted and cared for until they can be reunited with their lost families or adopted into a loving home.
The Houston Rescue Bank warehouse received three truckloads of pet food from Blue Buffalo, TRC, and PetSmart Charities and a truckload of crates from Midwest Dog Crates Metal Products. We will distribute these products into the Texas Gulf Coast region.
Rescue Bank is proud to host GreaterGood.org family members who have graciously volunteered to fly in from across the United States to help inventory and distribute pet care supplies in Houston and the surrounding area.
$15,000 grant to Spay-Neuter Assistance Program, Inc.: Spay-Neuter Assistance Program, Inc. of Texas has been working tirelessly for nearly 20 years to end the senseless killing of animals by attacking the problem at its source—pet overpopulation. They have mobilized the veterinary force to help displaced pets and shelter animals during this disaster response.
$15,000 grant to The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) & a separate $15,000 grant to Louisiana’s State Animal Response Team (LSART): The ASPCA and LSART have been leading the way in Louisiana to rescue pets, transport animals out of the flood-affected areas of Texas and then shelter those animals at the Mega Shelters. As of this morning, LSART was able to report that all but 10 of the displaced pets reunited with their owners at the Mega Shelter. Funds will go to support the great work of these strong organizations.
The SPCA of Brazoria County was flooded with pets in the wake of the hurricane estimating over 1,000 animals in their care. The Lucy Pet Foundation has stepped in to help the overwhelmed shelter with veterinary needs and basic care. For their amazing work and response, they received $20,000. The Brandywine Valley SPCA in Pennsylvania also came to their rescue. They not only took in animals to help with the overload, but they also sent a crew and supplies down to Texas to help with the sheltering needs of the animals. Brandywine was granted $10,000 to help with their response and sheltering relief.
$10,000 grant as well as cat food, dog food, litter and medical supplies to CATNIP Foundation: CATNIP Foundation has been instrumental in animal search & rescue and transport in Texas for Hurricane Harvey. This grant supports their ongoing efforts.
Four pallets of dog food and two pallets of cat food to Texas A&M Agriculture Extension Services: The goal is to provide displaced families and individuals in eastern Harris County communities along Galveston Bay with much-needed supplies. To provide the community with pet food, this Rescue Bank donation will be used. Texas A&M Agriculture Extension Services and Rescue bank expect the effort to grow to three additional Houston locations.
Three pallets of dog food and two pallets of cat food to Dr. Kerry’s Petvet: As an active member of the Conroe, TX community, Dr. Kerry Cline was all too aware that Hurricane Harvey had a deep impact on her small Houston suburb. Hearing news that many of her clients lost their homes or experienced a severe financial impact due to Hurricane Harvey, Dr. Kerry began seeking a way to help. Rescue Bank has provided some relief to the community through this donation. Dr. Kerry is currently distributing the donated food to those families affected by Hurricane Harvey.
One pallet of dog food to Fort Bend County Animals Services: Rescue Bank’s post-Hurricane Harvey outreach program contacted this group to assess their need. Since the shelter’s intake of displaced animals is steadily increasing following the storm, they need additional pet food to help provide for their growing numbers. This donation will allow the shelter to take in additional animals.
Seven pallets of dog food and one pallet of cat food to Lake Charles Pit Bull Rescue: Lake Charles Pit Bull Rescue maintains personal connections with the community of Orange, TX, that was devastated by Hurricane Harvey just across the state line. The rescue organization approached Rescue Bank requesting pet food to provide to the community of Orange. Following a delivery of seven pallets of dog food and one pallet of cat food, Lake Charles Pit Bull Rescue successfully stocked a community distribution point to help their Texas neighbors and provide post-hurricane relief.
Nine pallets of dog food and one pallet of cat food to the Texas A&M Process Engineering Research and Development Center (PERDC): Seeing the need to help their community, faculty and students of PERDC contacted Rescue Bank to obtain hurricane relief supplies. Since many families in the area incurred damage or had to evacuate due to Hurricane Harvey, Rescue Bank provided the community volunteers with the donation. The volunteers are now conducting outreach in the community to distribute the pet food to families in need.
Six pallets of dog food and two pallets of cat food to the Texas A&M Veterinary Team: After hearing that the Texas A&M veterinary team was operating a post-Hurricane Harvey triage center at the Fort Bend County Fairgrounds, Rescue Bank decided to send aid. As part of their community outreach program, Rescue Bank provided six pallets of dog food and two pallets of cat food to the fairgrounds. The veterinary team is now treating the intake animals and transferring the animals to their foster network. The fairgrounds team is supplying the pet food to the foster families.
Rescue Bank organized the efforts to deliver 30 cases of Comfortis® and 12 trays of rabies vaccines to Dickinson, Texas. A representative from Elanco™ is personally delivering the donation to Biocity Animal Services for use in their post-Hurricane Harvey community outreach program.
After receiving notification of herds of farm animals stranded by high flood waters, Rescue Bank facilitated the distribution of HSUS-provided hay and pine shavings to these animals. The feed was dropped from Chinook helicopters into the area so the animals have a food source until the high water recedes and they can return to safety.
Three pallets of dog food granted to God’s Dogs Rescue: In response to Hurricane Harvey, volunteers at God’s Dogs Rescue in San Antonio, TX, set out for the Texas coast to rescue and provide for as many displaced animals as possible. With a surge of animals in their care, God’s Dogs reached out to Rescue Bank for aid. Rescue Bank provided three pallets of dog food to distribute to their dogs; God’s Dogs Rescue then drove the food back to Houston to use on their front lines where the animals need it the most.
Eight pallets of dog food and two pallets of cat food granted to the community of Bloomington, TX: The Bloomington DPS contacted Rescue Bank seeking aide for families and elderly individuals in the community who were struggling to find pet food for their dogs and cats. Rescue Bank responded by providing eight pallets of dog food and two pallets of cat food to the area. Since Bloomington is a small community of approximately 2,500 residents, the pallets were dropped at a gas station for the community to pick up and share as needed.
An additional $5,000 grant to Austin Pets Alive!: Funds will be used to cover additional transports of affected animals.
$15,000 grant to the SPCA of San Pat County: Funds will help cover the cost of transporting the pre-hurricane animals, sheltering displaced pets as well as ongoing veterinary costs. The San Pat shelter also suffered wind-related damage to their kennels, play yards and roof which these funds will be used to repair.
$20,000 grant to Texas A&M: Texas A&M has been providing mobile veterinary services in flood ravaged areas of Texas. In the last few days alone, they have been working hard in Jefferson County, Rockport, Brazoria County, and Sour Lake. Funds will be used to help recoup some of the expenses incurred during their outstanding service to the animals of their state and to continue response efforts.
$15,000 grant to Aransas County Animal Control (Rockport, TX) and their support organization – Another Chance RFT: Funds will be used to help animals in their still-struggling community of Rockport. The shelter was able to pre-transport animals out to make room for pets displaced as a result of the 130 mph winds that blasted Rockport. More than a week after the hurricane made landfall, the shelter is still taking in more than 10 new animals daily.
$20,000 grant to the Animal Rehabilitation Keep (ARK): ARK is a marine turtle and bird rehabilitation center that suffered substantial damage during the hurricane. All turtles and birds survived the storm, but the damage to the rehabilitation center will make this challenging time even more difficult. Funds will be used to help them renovate their damaged property and get them back in business.
$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 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 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 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 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.
$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.
$15,000 grant to Austin Pets Alive! as well as medicines, vaccines, and critical medical tests in-kind donations via Rescue Bank. Austin Pets Alive! also received an in-kind grant of over 18,000 doses of dog and cat vaccines and drugs, as well as eight cases of animal dental chews.
$15,000 grant to Houston SPCA: Funds will support the amazing work they’re doing as a central landing shelter for several other shelters transporting rescues out of Texas and for storm victims with displaced pets. Houston SPCA also received an in-kind grant of over 18,000 doses of dog and cat vaccines and drugs (as well as eight cases of animal dental chews) to use on animals in their care and to distribute to other local shelters struggling to care for animals during the disaster recovery.
$10,000 grant to Emancipet: Funds will support veterinary mobile units. They are also being granted an in-kind donation via Rescue Bank for veterinary supplies.
$5,000 grant to Jefferson Parish SPCA: Funds will go toward pet crates to aid in life-saving transport out of Texas.
$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.
We are also awarding the following humanitarian groups:
$5,000 grant to Remote Area Medical: Funds will support search & rescue medical and provide critical supplies like water, diapers, hygiene products, bleach, flashlights, batteries, mops/brooms/shovels. They have deployed boats for S&R and have helped over 100 people.
$5,000 grant to All Hands Volunteers: Funds will provide fuel to transport volunteers to start hands on service: gutting, mold removal & remediation, repairing drywall, carpet & salvaging goods in Houston (Fort Bend County and Woodland Hills).
$5,000 grant to Team Rubicon: This all Veteran run recovery group will use funds for rescue and rebuild efforts in the impacted areas.
We are also shipping books, toys and clothing to the humanitarian shelters, specifically for the children.