Save Animals Impacted by Hurricane Harvey

Target: Greg Abbott, Texas Governor

Goal: Provide support to help rescue and aid animals that have been displaced by the flooding and storms from Hurricane Harvey.

Hurricane Harvey swept Texas, leaving a path of devastation in its wake that has touched thousands of residents and an unknown number of animals. Precious animals are trapped in shelters or running around homeless after being displaced during the storm. These animals must be rescued and included in the relief efforts. Urge the Texas governor to provide support to rescue and care for innocent animals impacted by the hurricane.

Texas animal shelters and those in nearby states are facing overcrowded conditions and a lack of resources as they are overflowing with animals uprooted by the storm. These shelters are in desperate need of supplies, including food and medical supplies, to take care of the influx of animals.

A colony of about 300,000 of Houston’s Mexican free-tailed bats lived in the Waugh Bridge, which has now been submerged underwater. Rescuers are working to save and care for these and other wildlife such as deer who may have nearly drowned in the storm or no longer have a home.

Animals must be part of rescue and support efforts to ensure the entire Houston ecosystem can be restored and that innocent animals lives will not be lost. Urge the Texas governor to provide aid to the animals impacted by the storm.


Dear Governor Abbott,

Hurricane Harvey has left a disaster for many residents of your state, including the furry ones. Many Texans’ pets, along with shelter animals and wildlife, are suffering from the aftermath of the storm. These animals will remain lost and starving and thousands will die if they are not included in rescue efforts.

I urge you to save countless animal lives by providing aid towards their rescue and care during this tragic time.


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  1. Nooshin Perla says:

    PLEASE, Please. Help these sweet innocent animals too. They need help. I know some places like Alley Cat Allies and humane society are doing their best, but they need a helping hand from other organizations too. My prayers goes to all of them people and animals. God keep them safe.

  2. Doris Khong says:

    This serves as a GENTLE REMINDER for HUMANS to BE KIND, THINK RIGHT and DO GOOD!!! Always REMEMBER that GOD IS WATCHING and that KARMA does exist as What Goes Around Comes Around!!! Blessings to ALL THOSE KIND SOULS who are ALWAYS there to SUPPORT and to VOICE for all the voiceless, helpless ANIMALS that were created for us to respect, to love, to care and to protect them and NOT otherwise!!! Live with LOVE in your heart for EVERY living being and the WORLD will be a BETTER & PEACEFUL place to live in!!!

  3. All lives matter, we know what happens in many shelters and help is urgently needed to save lives not sacrifice them. So many angels of rescue – resources are needed. So sad to think that people may have left them behind, no realising the extent of the storm. But always think the worst and take pets with you and then worry about the rest later.

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  5. Margrit Simons says:

    Television has made us aware what a caring Society you are in Texas, but please do not forget the helpless animals!


  7. OK, I know this is a long read for some but please read and sign the petition!

    Stand with Donna Clark
    4,987 signatures are still needed! Patti Mercer, Demand Houston SPCA Save Hurricane Harvey Animals
    Mongoose Jones
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    Mongoose Jones please READ this petition, which has a lot to do with the rescued pets of Houston:

    Mongoose Jones Here is the petition: Please sign the this petition to hold Houston SPCA to these simple life saving guarantees. Help save the pets in Hurricane Harvey! People are risking their lives to rescue Harvey pets, yet some may go to shelters where they may be killed.

    Yesterday the Best Friends Animal Society team on the ground in Texas arrived in Beaumont. Beaumont is one of the hardest hit areas by Hurricane Harvey and is struggling to provide basic services – the entire community lost access to clean water. The animals rescued from the area were being housed at a pavilion-type shelter set up at the Ford Center. The reports from our team on the ground late yesterday were that the animals were in dire need of basic medical care, and the heat was taking its toll.

    The Houston SPCA obtained the memorandum of understanding (MOU) from local officials to serve as the small animal lead at the Ford Center. That’s when the rumors began to swirl.

    The Houston SPCA has a history of a lack of transparency around consistent reporting regarding the outcomes for the animals entering their care. They have questionable policies regarding pit bull type dogs and have received continued criticism from the animal welfare community around these policies. So it’s understandable that the rescue community and other pet-loving members of the public, aware of the Houston SPCA’s history, would be worried about what was taking place with the pets in Beaumont.

    We contacted the Houston SPCA and spoke with the organization’s President, Patti Mercer. Knowing the Houston SPCA is already stretched thin from their necessary work in Houston, Best Friends offered to relieve them of the responsibility in Beaumont and take over the MOU to provide care and reunion efforts for the animals rescued in Beaumont. This offer was denied.

    We then offered assistance and general help for the animals of Beaumont to the Houston SPCA, but this offer for help was also declined. While Ms. Mercer did verbally commit to at least a 30 day hold for the animals of Beaumont to be reunited with their owners, our attempts to determine if there would be an adoption guarantee for these animals regardless of where they might be transferred failed – we were told by Ms. Mercer to wait for a “press release” and she was unwilling to put anything in writing to us. The list of possible receiving agencies for these animals that she cited are not known for their commitment to no-kill policies.

    We detailed the expectations Best Friends has set for ourselves for animals we rescue from this storm, and asked the Houston SPCA to commit to the same, in writing.
    Minimum 30-day stray hold so owners can reunite with their pets
    Proactive pursuit of families and reunion of all pets displaced by Harvey
    A clear, transparent operation that offers an appropriate standard of care
    A guarantee for a positive outcome for all animals rescued. In other words, that all the animals in Beaumont are either reunited with their families; adopted into a loving home; or are transferred to an agency who will guarantee a no-kill outcome
    Sharing of raw data so that the above points can be audited and confirmed by interested parties
    Ms. Mercer refused to put these simple commitments and procedures in writing, and again she referred us to a yet-to-be-made press release. We advised her that her personal word in writing to us would do more to allay the public’s concerns than a press release, but again Ms. Mercer declined. Without this in writing, Best Friends does not feel comfortable with what is happening in Beaumont, or anywhere else the Houston SPCA is rescuing pets.

    Whether it is a time of disaster or not, organizations that rescue animals need to be held accountable by the communities they serve. Best Friends is committed to help the animals of Texas, and will not back down.

  8. Lisa Zarafonetis says:

    Signed & shared❗️?

  9. G. Petersen says:

    Shame on the people who leave their animals behind when evacuating. The people who left dogs tied to drown are despicable.

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