As the rain fell and the storm waters rose, so did the concerns about the safety of Houston’s residents during Hurricane Harvey. It was quickly determined that the situation in southern Texas was far more dire than anyone had predicted and people scrambled to evacuate to safer ground. Unfortunately, not all of the area’s furry friends were so lucky. In the midst of the evacuation, many pets were left behind and separated from their families.
Thankfully, there were a lot of individuals on the ground helping make sure these sweet babies were rescued and brought to safety. Once these animals were placed in local shelters, great efforts were made to reunite them with their families, however, many were never claimed. This is where Little Traverse Bay Humane Society (and countless amazing rescue groups across the country!) came in.
Last week, we opened our doors to 19 dogs and puppies affected by Hurricane Harvey. They are pets that were rescued directly from the floodwaters in addition to those who were pulled from already-overcrowded shelters to make room for incoming displaced animals.
Included in this transport were a litter of black lab puppies left in a backyard after their family evacuated without them. These poor babies waited as the waters around them rose, hoping for a hero to save them. They were eventually rescued from their flooded backyard, but sadly, help arrived too late for four of the nine puppies. Thankfully, however, rescue crews jumped into action to care for the remaining five. When they were stable and it was apparent that no one was going to claim them, arrangements were made for them to make the long trip to northern Michigan.
These puppies are just five of the 19 that have now been given a new start and hope for a brighter future. There’s Jack, an adorable Golden Retriever/Husky mix who can’t stop playing and jumping for joy as he races around outside in his new surroundings. Then there’s Maggie Sue, a loving, humble hound mix whose sweet, sad eyes tell a tale of their own. They, along with all of the other Hurricane Harvey affected animals, will find amazing, forever homes very soon.
What’s fantastic is that the Bissell Pet Foundation has generously agreed to sponsor all adoption fees for Hurricane Harvey-affected animals through September 30! We are so grateful that each and every one of these special pets will find new homes, but we are also so grateful to the Bissell Pet Foundation for their support of these animals and our organization as a whole.
Our Hurricane Harvey affected animals are still being evaluated by our veterinarians, but some are already available for adoption and all will be ready by the end of the week. If you are interested in adopting one of these amazing dogs, continue to check our website at www.ltbhs.com to keep updated on available animals or stop by for a visit!
Everyone at LTBHS is so proud to be part of the solution in helping these displaced animals. This is an incredible example of the power in partnerships between rescue groups and coming together to truly save lives.