While Hurricane Harvey wreaked havoc across the Texas coast and all over southeast Texas, animal shelters in the Austin area braced themselves in anticipation of helping shelters in areas that were hit the hardest.
As weather experts predict more rainfall in the coming days and residual effects from the storm, shelters are seeking the public’s help in preparing for the influx of animals who will be displaced from the bad weather.
Here’s how you can help in the Austin area:
Austin Pets Alive!
Over the weekend, APA! said it saved more than 235 animals in Harvey’s path. Although it said its shelter was already full, it credited the many people who waited in line for hours to become fosters, and the many donors who showed up with carloads of supplies, in making this feat possible.
Still, it said the job is not done. APA! said it has been receiving reports from shelter partners in areas that were hit the hardest that they are expecting an influx of animals in the coming days, including people needing to surrender their pets.
On Wednesday, APA! announced that it expecting several hundred more animals and opened a temporary location at 7711 Burnet Road, Suite 7723. They are asking for "lots" of volunteers to sign up here and for donations to be brought or shipped to 1156 West Cesar Chavez Street.
As such, the shelter expects the repercussions of the hurricane to last weeks, if not months. Here’s how it said you can help:
Funding: The shelter has more information on how you can donate, and how your contributions will help, on their website here.
Fosters: APA! is seeking people who can volunteer as full-term fosters, meaning you will need to keep the animal through its adoption. It expects foster terms to last four to six weeks for cats and two to four weeks for dogs. The shelter said foster parents will be provided with crates, beds, food and medical care while supplies last. Applications can be filled out here for dogs and here for cats.
In-kind donations: The shelter is seeking large bins with lids for food storage, cat litter, brooms, cat beds, liquid laundry soap, leashes and martingale collars of any size. They are in dyer need of wire dog crates, sheets, towels, aluminum or styrofoam bowls, pet food and other items.
Adoptions: While nearly every pet rescued from the hurricane will be in short-term foster care, APA! will switch focus to adoptions soon. Pets currently available for adoption can be found here.
Please follow Austin Pets Alive! on Twitter and Facebook for up-to-date needs and requests.
Austin Humane Society
The Austin Humane Society announced on Sep. 2 that it will be receiving 168 animals from devastated areas at its 7625 N. Interstate Highway 35 location in Austin, which they will be taking care of as they are prepared to return to their families.
To encourage people to adopt, the AHS is waving all fees for cats, dogs and kittens, though puppies will remain regularly priced.
The AHS said it will continue to support the City of Austin response efforts by providing veterinary care to owned evacuated pets who are staying in the co-located emergency shelters in Austin. They said more information on becoming a foster parent for them and the donation items they are in need of most can be found on their webpage here.
Austin Animal Center
The Austin Animal Center said it received a normal influx of animals over the weekend, but said the situation is evolving hourly and their needs could change at any time.
It is urging citizens who find a stray cat or dog to exhaust all resources in seeking the home of the animal before bringing it into the shelter.
The AAC said their weekend donations included a very large amount of towels, food, bedding, toys and a notable $1,000 donation from a citizen bringing in a stray dog. More info on how you can support the AAC can be found here.
Wags, Hope and Healing
The Austin-area animal rehabilitation and adoption service said Friday that it traveled to the hard-hit Victoria, Texas, and is bringing home medical rescues and to regroup. Wags, Hope and Healing said it will be going back soon to bring more supplies to Victoria, Wharton and Port Lavaca..
The group is asking for the following donations: DAPP and Bordatella vaccines, Hibiclens, flea treatment (Capstar, Bracevto, Frontline spray), antibiotics, mosquito repellant, medical and work gloves, slip leashes, dry cat and dog food, disposable paper ID collars, Sharpies, unflavored Pedialyte, small litter boxes, clay cat litter, small silver bowls, human snacks, 2-gallon Ziplock bags, heavy duty garage bags, hand soap and sanitizer, wound care supplies, irrigation solution and Dawn dish soap.
These donations can be delivered to Wags, Hope and Healing at 296 Green Valley Drive, Bastrop, Texas 78602; Tomlinson's at 2303 Ranch Road 620, Lakeway, Texas 78734; Training by Tara at P.O. Box 296, Bastrop, Texas 78602; or the VCPHD animal control division at 2805 North Navarro, Victoria,Texas 77901.
Not located in the Austin area? Please contact your nearest shelter, as they are likely in need of your support as well.