HOUSTON (FOX 26) - As floodwaters rose, many families had to make difficult decisions about their furry, feathered, and slithery friends.
Many shelters have opened their doors to family pets, but some were either left behind or lost in the confusion and devastation.
The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has a team in Texas working to rescue and reunite animals with their families. HSUS says if you see a person or animal in distress, call 911 right away.
You can also call the Houston SPCA for help with a distressed animal at 713-861-3010.
There are several organizations accepting donations to help rescue and care for animals displaced by the hurricane and resulting floods. (Below this list are resources for finding lost pets.)
How to help:
-Humane Society of the United States Animal Rescue Team/Disaster Relief Fund: http://bit.ly/2xzc8OD
-Houston SPCA donations: http://bit.ly/2wpsEQY
-SPCA of Texas Amazon wish list: http://amzn.to/2eGEXSH
-City of San Antonio Animal Care Services donation and wish list information: http://www.sanantonio.gov/Animal-Care/How-You-Can-Help/Donate-Give-Back
-Houston Humane Society donations and wish list: http://www.houstonhumane.org/giving/wish-list
If you are looking for a lost pet in areas affected by Hurricane Harvey, check with shelters close to where your pet was last seen. Below are additional resources to help your search.
-Hurricane Harvey Pets: https://www.facebook.com/hurricaneharveypetshouston/
-Texas Hurricane Harvey Pets: https://www.facebook.com/TexasHurricaneHarveyPets/
-Lost Dogs of Texas: https://www.facebook.com/findtexasdogs?fref=ts.%20
-Houston Lost and Found Pets: https://www.facebook.com/HoustonLostandFoundPets/
Experts also suggest making sure your pet's microchip information is up-to-date with your current contact information and address.