Houston pets: Where to donate and how to help

Naomi Coto carries Simba on her shoulders as they evacuate their home in Houston on Aug. 27. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images via ABC News)

Here, in no particular order, are links to pet shelters and other organizations that are helping to rescue, care for and get pets displaced by Hurricane Harvey back to their owners.

Austin Pets Alive!

This Austin, Texas, shelter is taking in hundreds of animals displaced by floods in Houston and has opened an additional temporary location as more pets pour in. It immediately needs:

  • Donated (not loaned) Medium & Large Wire Dog Crates
  • Sheets (can be used)
  • Bath & Beach Towels (can be used)
  • Aluminum Food Bowls
  • Styrofoam Bowls
  • Dog & Cat Food (meat as 1st ingredient),
  • Wet Canned Cat Food
  • Litter (clumping and non-clumping)
  • Aluminum Baking Pans for litter boxes,
  • Cleaning Supplies: trash bags, bleach, paper towels, dog poop bags, Clorox wipes, sponges, hand brooms/dust pans, litter scoopers, mops, mop buckets, and push brooms
  • Leashes (all size- flat)
  • Martingale Colors (all size)

The shelter also needs short-term volunteers from the Austin area, over 18 years old who are able to do physical labor, to help. Check out its web page or Twitter page for updates on volunteer needs.

You can also donate money to help the shelter defray costs, through Network for Good. More details on all of the above, including the donation link, can be found here.

Houston SPCA

Houston SPCA is accepting monetary donations from those far away. Locally, the shelter could use donations of dry newspaper to line carriers and cages. Visit www.houstonspca.org for more details.

San Antonio Humane Society

“Since Hurricane Harvey made its way to Texas, the San Antonio Humane Society (SAHS) has and will continue to assist as many dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens in need of shelter, food, and necessary vaccinations and preventative care. Currently, we are housing 79 pets from evacuee families forced to flee their homes, strays, and transferred shelter pets from the gulf coast saved from the inclement weather. Many of these families affected have lost quite a bit, if not everything, and some are still in the dark as to what damage has occurred. Our plan is to house their pets for as long as necessary so that their owners can have peace of mind knowing that their pets are safe and well taken care of. For pets needing more than temporary care, our goal is to find them a forever home.”

Donate to the San Antonio Humane Society here.

In the coming days, weeks and months, shelters in Texas and Louisiana will continue to take in pets. Many animals will be taken in by shelters even further afield–perhaps in your area. So, if you are unable to donate to the above organizations at this time, consider donating goods or volunteering your time at a local shelter to help pets near and far.

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