September 8, 2017
Animal Humane Society's Critical Response team is on the ground in Texas working alongside Houston SPCA to care for distressed animals in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.
Our crew arrived on Tuesday and will be in the Houston area for the next week. They have divided their efforts between the SPCA’s large animal sanctuary outside of the city and Houston SPCA’s downtown shelter.
At their large animal sanctuary, SPCA staff found themselves shorthanded in caring for horses, donkeys, and pygmy goats rescued from floodwaters. AHS team members with expertise in large animal handling stepped in to assist with cleaning, feeding, and care.
Houston SPCA has been overwhelmed with pets arriving at their downtown shelter post-Harvey. AHS staff helping them tend to both stray animals and those seeking temporary housing while their families resettle, providing medical assistance and ensuring that the animals have food, water, and clean shelter during this difficult time. Pets in need of care so far have included a newborn kitten in danger of hypothermia, a small dog with a broken back leg, and a malnourished puppy awaiting a tail amputation.
With more animals rescued daily, AHS staff have also been helping the SPCA by preparing dogs for transfer from Houston to partner shelters outside of the city. These transports will free up room for incoming pets needing immediate attention.
These efforts in Texas are just one way AHS is helping those impacted by this devastating storm. Last Sunday, 24 dogs and cats arrived safely at AHS from the Houston area thanks to our transport team. This was the first of many transport trips we will make in the weeks and months to come. View the Texas animals that are currently available for adoption.
AHS will continue supporting the pets and people affected in the months to come. Please make a gift to help support these and future rescue efforts.