As Hurricane Harvey has pounded the Gulf Coast in Texas with record rainfall and flooding, animals are in dire need of assistance and support – and many are wondering how they can help.
The most immediate and direct way is to consider a donation to one of the many animal and veterinary related organizations that are ready to assist:
- The Texas Veterinary Medical Foundation (TVMF) is working to assist veterinarians as they care for pets displaced by Hurricane Harvey. Donations are being accepted by the TVMF’s Disaster Relief Fund to help them ensure that these veterinarians have all the supplies that they need to care for sick or injured animals. Please consider making a donation to the TVMF.
- The Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine is assisting both people and animals affected by the storm. The Texas A&M Veterinary Emergency Team deployed to the area the day before Hurricane Harvey hit and is assisting in caring for animals in need. This includes search and rescue dogs, as well as pets, horses, cattle, and other livestock that are injured or separated from their owners.
- Several organizations are offering aid to displaced pets, including the SPCA of Texas.
Also, the American Red Cross is encouraging people to donate money on its website or to send a text to 90999 to donate $10. The organization is also asking for volunteers.
Harvey by the numbers
- 35 – Confirmed storm-related deaths, with this number expected to increase.
- 51.88 – The inches of rain measured near Belvieu, Texas, which amounts to the greatest total of rainfall in the continental United States’ history. This compares to Hurricane Katrina with 17 inches of rainfall and Superstorm Sandy at 7 inches.
- 34,575 – The number of people forced from their homes and currently being sheltered.
- 2,882 – The estimated number of animals being cared for in shelters. This does not account for those pets that are separated or lost from their families and unaccounted for.
- 30,000 to 40,000 – The estimated number of homes that have been destroyed.
- 506 – The number of highways currently flooded or closed in Texas.
Our thoughts are with all of those affected -- human and animal -- and with those who are responding to this emergency.