Left Behind: Pets in Hurricane Evacuations


The Animal Humane Society of Minnesota is sending a rescue team to Texas to help animals impacted by the flooding from Hurricane Harvey.

Shelters say they have heard reports of extensive lines of people surrendering their pets, so nearby shelters need to be ready for additional animal intake. Some tips for you, always have a plan for your pet, have a ziploc bag with a picture and medical records, preferably have them chipped and Facebook during a storm have great pages that match up owners with their animals. Volunteer information will be shared directly with Houston SPCA and SPCA of Texas.

"We only have a certain capacity as well, so we are coordinating these efforts, where we're pulling animals in from these disaster zones, but also working with shelters to keep moving them [animals] up in order to have space where they're needed most", Hill said.

The HSUS, together with Wings of Rescue, organized the flight that is bringing dogs from San Antonio Animal Care and Control, who have been helping the Houston region.

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During Hurricane Katrina in 2005, many pets were separated after it became mandatory for people to evacuate and leave them behind, Davies said.

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If you are located in Texas, we encourage you to reach out to area shelters to let them know that you can help.

RedRover officials and volunteers expect to be in Texas by Thursday.

"We were anxious we wouldn't be able to get back in and take care of the animals", said Clarence Anderson, La Porte's animal control supervisor.

Miller said as long as shelters need room and pets are in need, St. Hubert's is ready to help them.

The Atlanta shelter is anticipating more animal shipments from areas near Houston and along the coast in the coming weeks. And in at least one case, two dogs spotted on a roof helped rescue workers find their owner trapped inside his garage.

"The lady caring for them said she will gladly take care of them until it's safe for us to go get them!"