Animal Victims of Hurricane Harvey: Rescued and Safe! More Help is Needed!
On August the 25, 2017, at approximately 11:25 p.m., Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas as a Category 4 storm packing 130 mile per hour winds. This catastrophic storm not only caused devastation with hurricane force winds but also brought with it extreme flooding. Rainfall for this historic storm is being measured in feet, not inches. The flooding is not confined to Texas either, but is overwhelming low-lying areas in neighboring Louisiana as well.
Imagine thousands of animals left outside, some on chains, struggling to keep their heads above the rising water. Or those whose guardians evacuated and left them behind to fend for themselves and still others who make their home on the now flooded streets that have nowhere to go for safety. Their stories are all different and yet the same.
They are in trouble and need our help.
On August 26, 2017, In Defense of Animals' Hope Animal Sanctuary in Duckhill, Mississippi, the Animal Rescue Front of Groton, Massachusetts, and The Humane Society of Louisiana all answered the call for help by joining forces to move dogs and cats in Louisiana shelters that have begun to flood or are in imminent danger of flooding to safety in North Carolina. The need to free up space for those that are suffering in the flooding is URGENT.
Just yesterday, animal rescue workers from Hope Animal Sanctuary loaded 16 adult dogs, 2 adult cats, and 2 kittens into the Animal Rescue Front van and headed to Ashville, North Carolina. The animals will be handed off to Brother Wolf Animal Rescue where their drivers will then take on the next leg and complete the trip by transporting these lucky animals to the North East.
We are in the very early stages of this disaster which may prove to be the worst of its kind in the history of our country. Untold thousands of people and animals have been displaced and are in need of immediate rescue. The actual numbers of animals abandoned when their families evacuated or who will be left behind when families are forced to leave their homes will likely number in the millions. Records from 2016 show the population of just Houston, Texas, alone was 2.35 million people. It's mind boggling to imagine the number of animals that are being abandoned minute by minute as the situation deteriorates and the storm gets worse and worse.
In addition to helping with this first transport, In Defense of Animals'Hope Animal Sanctuary will be providing safe harbor to both cats and dogs from flooded areas.
We need your help but more importantly the animals need your help.
We cannot do this without your support. Please, donate now and be a part of saving these animals from one of the worst natural disasters our country has ever seen.
Marilyn Kroplick, MD
President, In Defense of Animals
PS: As someone who cares deeply about animals I know that we can count on your support in this time of national crisis. With your help we will be on the ground doing the work necessary to save lives. Because at the end of the day; that's what it's all about Saving innocent lives, and YOU make it happen!
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