Go Home Harvey: Prepare and Assist

As you all have heard, Hurricane Harvey is expected to make landfall on the southern Texas Coast, Friday night as a Category 3 storm. Mandatory evacuations and preparations for the aftermath have already started. FEMA approved volunteers and First Responders have been hard at work evacuating animal shelters and finding safe places for livestock. They do this while also trying to make safe arrangements for their homes and families.

DFW area shelters are/will be taking in existing shelter animals to make room after the storm for residents pets misplaced by the storm. These are animals already on adoption availability and deemed to not have families looking. Animals misplaced because of the storm will then be able to be held by local animal controls in their shelter buildings or AUTHORIZED temporary shelters under control of local authorities and their pre approved Animal Response Partners.

So how can you help? DO NOT ENTER DISASTER AREAS! If yo do not know if you are Authorized, they you are NOT. There are trained, approved groups who work search, recovery and rescue care standing ready to go in when the time is right. You CAN help from here... and that help is just as important as being at ground zero.

Several of our local Animal Shelters have already accepted animals and may need donations, fosters and adopters. I will add to this here and on Facebook as we get confirmation. I suggest you monitor their Facebook Pages for their requests of help and needs.

Last night our friends at Tri-Cities Animal Shelter made a road trip and evacuated animals back to their shelter.

Our friends at Humane Tomorrow in Flower Mound are preparing to take in existing Shelter dogs but need fosters. Please visit their website and Facebook to find info on how you can help them.

We do have one of the best First Responder volunteer groups in the State locally Animal Investigation and Response AIR provides disaster assistance free of charge to local authorities and is all volunteer based by highly qualified, trained animal first responders. Please visit their page if you are FEMA approved with proven animal experience, or if you would like to be approved for future responses or to donate to their mission.

GDRNT is always looking for fosters, if you are an approved GDRNT foster or would like to be please visit our Great Dane Rescue Website if necessary, we will be pulling Danes from local shelters to make room for other animals. We have also been in touch with Dane Rescue groups in the effected area and stand ready to assist them if they need us.

Texas Task Force 1TX-TF1 has deployed its Urban Search & Rescue (US&R), Water Rescue, and Helicopter Rescue resources to respond to Hurricane Harvey. Additionally TX-TF2 and Federal US&R Task Forces have been activated and are deploying to support Texans. TX-TF1 & TX-TF2 personnel are in location and are safe, but are ready to respond to support those in need.

The SPCA of Texas is working hard to help our friends at Shelters across the Gulf Coast and will be welcoming more than 120 evacuated cats from The Cattery Cat Shelter in Corpus Christi later this afternoon. The attached photo is from The Cattery Cat Shelter as they transport the cats here to North Texas. We stand at the ready to take in 300 pets and will do all in our power to help pets and people affected by this dangerous storm and its aftermath.

Be safe everyone.