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Harvey, which is now being classified as a tropical storm, has devastated Houston, Texas, and its surrounding communities. According to The New York Times, 30 people have tragically lost their lives as a result of the storm, and shelters in the area are full, as more than 30,000 people have been left homeless.
Harvey has not only had a devastating impact on human beings, it has also rained destruction down on animals as well. While many people stayed behind to protect pets when the storm hit, others were forced to leave their fur babies behind. Many of these animals were left chained up, while some were left in backyards or simply roaming the flooded streets, desperately searching for a safe place to escape the rising water.
News reports of abandoned and frightened animals are terrifying, but here is a bit of good news: We can help these lost and scared animals. Here’s how:
1. Donate To The Humane Society
Since the storm touched down, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has been helping animals in Houston escape the flood waters. From rescuing trapped pets to getting shelter animals to safety, their efforts have been invaluable in protecting these precious creatures. To donate to their efforts in Houston, go here.
2. Host A Fundraiser
You can make a huge positive impact on relief efforts if you rally your community. Host a fundraiser, such as a bake sale, for animals impacted by Harvey. Cupcakes and doing good? Perfect combination. With the money you raise, purchase items from the wish lists of organizations like the SPCA of Texas, City of San Antonio Animal Care Services and the Houston Humane Society. These charitable organizations need support and donations more than ever.
3. Foster Displaced Animals
Do you have room in your home and your heart for a pet who has been displaced by Harvey? Shelters such as the Atlanta Humane Society are taking in animals impacted by the storm, so if you live in a state that is close to Texas, you might be able to rescue or foster animals in need of a safe home. Please note that the SPCA of Texas is at capacity for foster candidates and volunteers. That’s amazing! But they still are gravely in need of donations to help them feed, shelter and care for these animals.
4. Help Animals In Your Neighborhood
Whether you live in Ohio, Toronto, California or beyond, there are animals that need assistance in your own community. While helping animals in Houston and surrounding areas is of pressing importance, it might not be realistic for you to be able to help with efforts there, other than donating money and goods, of course. But that doesn’t mean you should let your motivation to help furry friends go to waste. Use that inspiration and that energy to start animal-assistance efforts in your own community. Be the change you want to see in the world!