Hurricane Harvey continues to barrel towards the Texas Gulf Coast and the National Hurricane Advisory Service has categorized the mammoth storm at a 3, with sustained winds of 125 mph. Animal shelters in the areas which are expected to take a hit have been scrambling to ensure that the pets in their care are safe.
On Friday afternoon, San Antonio Pets Alive notified Facebook fans that the shelter needs help:
Hurricane Harvey has been upgraded to a Category 3 storm. San Antonio is preparing for an influx of people and pets. SAPA! steps up every day to save the most vulnerable in the City Shelter. We are anticipating a large volume of dogs ending up at the shelter in need of us to immediately save their lives. Please foster, donate and spread the word that San Antonio pets need your help NOW.
As did the SPCA of Texas:
Hurricane Harvey Evacuations: 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. We send our thoughts to all in the region and hope everyone stays safe.
As we prepare to deploy our disaster response here in North Texas to assist the Gulf Coast, your support is critical.
San Antonio Pets Alive is hoping to get pets into foster homes – anyone interested in helping is asked to email email@example.com
A Facebook group, Hurricane Harvey Texas Rescue, has been established for residents to turn to for help and/or concerns during this natural disaster. Click here to learn more.
There are several critical things that pet owners need to do as this storm continues to roll in.
For those evacuating, DO NOT leave your pets behind, especially outside on chains or in pens or cages (they will likely drown). Do not leave pets inside of a vehicle – if the temperature rises after the storm, pets can die from heat stroke. Ensure that your pets have ID tags on in case they escape during the storm – this will help families reunite with their pets. Please keep your eye out for pets who have been left outside – if you see an animal in distress, please contact the authorities with a location.
More news and updates at the National Animal News Facebook page.
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