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Meet the Harvey Pets Your Donations Have Helped

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If you’ve donated to our Disaster Fund to help pets displaced by Hurricane Harvey, thank you SO MUCH! Please know that your gift is already saving the lives of pets who were injured, lost or displaced in Texas and Louisiana. You'll meet a few of them here, and we’ll continue to update our Hurricane Harvey blog as we send out new grants.

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The kitten and puppies pictured above are among the pets rescued from floodwaters by the SPCA of Brazoria County in Lake Jackson, Texas, which is also caring for the pets of displaced residents and homeless animals pulled from flooded shelters — more than 1,000 in total. We've sent a $5,000 grant to help pay for veterinary care.

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Zazu, above, is one of nearly 100 animals taken in by Zeus’ Rescues in New Orleans, which received a $2,500 grant from the Petfinder Foundation. The funds will be used to provide medical care for the animals, nearly also of whom require heartworm treatment, vaccinations, microchips and spay/neuter.  

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Schmidt, above, was rescued by Bark and Roll Rescue Companions in Baton Rouge from a flooded rural shelter that was planning a large-scale euthanasia. He and other rescued dogs were malnourished, covered in fleas and ticks and anemic. All will receive veterinary care with help from our $3,000 grant.

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Maid Marian, above, and her littermates were rescued from Harvey by The Cattery Cat Shelter in Corpus Christi, which received a $3,000 Petfinder Foundation grant to help it care for rescued homeless cats as well as the pets of local residents who have lost their homes.

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The pup pictured above was found, starving and terrified, alone in a field by S.A.V.E. Rescue Coalition in Santa Fe, Texas, which received a $3,000 grant from us to help rescue Houston’s lost and abandoned cats and dogs. Now named Dash, he and the dozens of other animals rescued by S.A.V.E. will receive desperately needed veterinary care and be placed in loving forever homes.

The Petfinder Foundation has also sent grant funds to many other shelters and rescue groups working to keep the animal victims of Hurricane Harvey safe. Please continue to visit our Hurricane Harvey blog to learn more.

Recovery from Harvey will be a long process, continuing after the TV cameras leave town, but these heroic organizations will continue their lifesaving work, and the Petfinder Foundation will continue to support them. Thank you again for your donation; we could not do it without you.

Please donate now to help us continue to assist adoption groups working around the clock to keep displaced pets safe!

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How We’re Helping Hurricane Harvey Pets

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Dogs displaced by Hurricane Harvey and taken in by Austin Pets Alive! in Texas

Hurricane Harvey drenched Houston and other parts of Texas with up to 50 inches of rain this weekend, leaving 13 people dead and thousands displaced, with no end in sight. Animals have been suffering along with people, and the Petfinder Foundation is rushing grants to organizations that are housing evacuees’ pets; to ones that have taken in pets from flooded shelters; and to those whose own facilities have been flooded, forcing them to move their adoptable pets into boarding or foster care.

If you are with a shelter or rescue group impacted by Harvey, apply for a Disaster Grant here.

Our Disaster Grant application is still open and we anticipate receiving many more requests for funds as adoption groups move out of triage mode and are able to assess their needs. We also expect requests from horse- and farm-animal-rescue organizations, as large animals are generally not able to be evacuated, and local hay supplies are often destroyed during flooding, making feed much more expensive.

Below is a list of grants we have sent out to date:

Austin Pets Alive!: $2,500

“Ahead of the landfall of Hurricane Harvey in Texas, shelters in the path of the storm began clearing their cages,” says Development Director Maggie Lynch. “Austin Pets Alive! has been fielding dozens of calls for help. In response we have sent our own vans with staff and volunteers and coordinated other transport down into the coastal areas of Texas to pick up animals that would otherwise be euthanized or left behind, alone and in danger.” As of Saturday morning, APA! had transported 330 animals to its shelter and was expecting at least another 50-100 over the next 24 hours.

“While we can call on our community for supplies and fosters, we are facing a huge medical expense,” Lynch says. “Nearly every shelter from which we have taken pets does not vaccinate, microchip or even treat the medical issues of their vets. All of [the pets transported in] will need full intake vetting (all vaccines, heartworm tests, FIV/FeLV tests, dewormer, flea medications, microchips, and later spay/neuter surgery). Many are sick and need medical care, and some are pregnant.” Grant funds from the Petfinder Foundation will be spent on vaccines, medications and medical supplies, as well as to cover the extra staff time needed to intake pets and coordinate foster care and shelter care.

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Schmidt, rescued from a rural shelter in the path of Hurricane Harvey by Bark and Roll Rescue Companions in Baton Rouge

Bark and Roll Rescue Companions: $3,000

“We have been asked to take in 25-30 additional dogs, doubling our average monthly intake, from [open-admission] rural shelters in Southwest Louisiana that have flooded, as well as from [open-admission] shelters in the Houston area,” says President Dana Kahn. “We will need funds to transport these dogs to safety with us, and to care for them as many have extensive medical needs: mange, cherry eyes, heartworm, malnutrition, dental disease. In addition, they will need normal vetting (microchip, spay/neuter, vaccinations, vet exams, dewormer, heartworm prevention) to ready them for adoption.”

Tejas Rescued Pet Adoptions: $3,000

“Hurricane Harvey has displaced all of our animals from their regular PetSmart kennel locations,” says Director Tonette Webb. “The cats’ foster locations have flooded and have no electricity. The cats are being boarded at paid kennels. The dogs have been placed in foster homes and at paid veterinarians’ offices. This is a huge monetary burden Tejas never has to deal with. We have limited funds, and with our regular adoptions suspended indefinitely, no way to make up the money.” Grant funds will be used to cover food and boarding costs for the group’s displaced adoptable pets.

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Thor is one of 70+ pets taken in by Zeus’ Rescues in New Orleans.

Zeus’ Rescues: $2,500

On Friday, Development Director Kellie Grengs told us: “As we are on the eve of Hurricane Harvey, we are hearing the calls for action from shelters in the path of the storm. If they cannot evacuate the animals, they will euthanize them. All of the Louisiana shelters are at maximum capacity and have been all summer. We have committed to taking 25 dogs from St. Landry Parish Animal Control & Rescue. After the Baton Rouge floods in 2017, our rescue took in more than 300 animals. We are seeking funding to support the care of 25+ dogs.”

The shelter ended up taking more than 70 dogs from St. Landry Parish. Funds will be used for their medical treatment and care prior to adoption; many are heartworm-positive and in need of spay/neuter, microchips, and full vaccinations.

4 Paws Farm, Inc.: $3,000

The Hempstead, Texas, rescue group is taking in pets dislocated by flooding caused by the outer bands of the storm. “Many people take in dogs after a flood but can’t keep them so they dump them in the country,” 4 Paws CFO Harry Stoorza says. “These dogs require extra time in finding their owners. Almost none are returned. Plus, the dogs require full medical attention with longer-than-usual recovery time. And their behavioral issues also require longer therapy times.” Funds will be used for trauma care, spay/neuter, vaccinations and food.

Please donate now to help us continue to assist adoption groups working around the clock to keep displaced pets safe!

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Saving Pets in Flood-Ravaged Louisiana

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A litter of kittens rescued by Purrs of Hope had to be provided with a nursing mother.

Thanks to your donations to our Disaster Fund, we’ve been rushing donations to shelters and rescue groups working to save pets from the historic flooding that devastated Louisiana on August 13, 2016.

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A kitten rescued by Purrs of Hope Rescue in Hammond who lost his leg due to the flood

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We sent a $1,000 grant to Purrs of Hope Rescue in Hammond, La. “We took in 41 cats from Tangi Humane Society, a local shelter that flooded,” President Angela Bourgeois tells us. “[In total,] we have taken in 64 cats and kittens impacted by the recent flood. Our total cats are [now] over 200.”

None of the new cats had any vetting. All needed to be spayed or neutered, vaccinated, combo-tested and given basic intake care, and some were sick and required immediate treatment. Thirty of them are receiving ringworm treatment; some are on antibiotics for upper-respiratory infections.

Among the cats taken in by the organization as a result of the flooding: A litter that fell through an attic roof and needed to be provided with a nursing mother, and another litter that had been without a mother for several days. This latter group of kittens were emaciated, flea- and worm-ridden and suffering from severe upper-respiratory infections; one (pictured) was injured and had to have his leg amputated. “We want to give a huge THANK YOU to the Petfinder Foundation for awarding us a grant that will help us provide the necessary vet care to these cats and kittens,” Bourgeois says.

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Brody (left) and Roger were taken in by Zeus’ Rescues and are receiving treatment for skin conditions.

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Our $2,500 grant to Zeus’ Rescues in New Orleans provided medical treatment for animals who came from flooded shelters in the Baton Rouge area. “This grant helped our organization when we were in a really tight spot,” Volunteer Development Director Kellie Grengs says. “We had zero funds to support the medical care of 200+ animals that our small volunteer rescue brought in over the course of two weeks. The funds allowed us to quickly get medical attention to the neediest cases.”

Among those helped were Brody and Roger (above), who, along with about six other siblings/parents/aunts/uncles, were found trapped in a flooded trailer in Denham Springs. Other dogs in kennels in the yard had drowned and died. Brody and Roger were able to stay afloat inside the trailer that they had been locked in. Both dogs are being treated for severe skin issues and other medical problems related to floodwater exposure. Although they are shy, both are now wagging their tails and eager to please. They are currently in foster care and also available for adoption, and hoarding and animal-abuse charges are pending against their former owner.

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Sebastian was in bad shape, but is now healthy, happy and adopted.

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We also sent a $1,500 grant to Bark And Roll Rescue Companions in Baton Rouge, which provided care for multiple animals (a kitten found in the flood, a stranded fawn who was released back to its mother after the waters receded, and seven dogs suffering from flood-related illness and injuries) and also microchipped 75 dogs and cats living with their displaced owners in the Red Cross shelter (three of those dogs have since been separated from their owners and and then reunited with them thanks to the chips).

“We were also able to spay/neuter, vaccinate and prepare six dogs to be transported to Virginia to another rescue when their foster homes were flooded,” Bark And Roll President Dana Kahn says. “This grant also provided the financial assistance to board a couple of our dogs when their foster mom’s home was under four feet of water until safe housing could be obtained.”

Among the dogs helped by the grant was Sebastian (pictured), found sick, scared and severely matted after the floods. He had abrasions to his body as well as an upper-respiratory infection that required several rounds of antibiotics. “Due to the generosity of the disaster relief grant, we were able to quickly treat his infections and place him in our adoption program,” Kahn says. “He has since found his family, who adore him, and he has blossomed into the beloved family pet he was meant to be!”

Thank you for your generous donations, which allowed adoption groups to save these lives!

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Rushing Aid to Louisiana’s Animal Flood Victims

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Zeus’ Rescue shelter director Michelle Ingram with a dog rescued from a shelter that was flooded

As catastrophic flooding has devastated Louisiana, the Petfinder Foundation is rushing funds to the organizations working to save the region’s pets. These are the shelters we’ve sent grant money to already; we continue to send funds as groups contact us.

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Bark and Roll Rescue’s adoptable dog Elphie is safe from floodwaters.

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The majority of the foster homes at this Baton Rouge rescue group were flooded, and some are currently under eight feet of water. The group was able to transfer some animals to a rescue in Virginia, but others are being boarded.

“We also took in four dogs and a kitten from the floods who are ill from being in the cold waters and will need ongoing care,” says founder Dana Kahn. “Our rescue has offered to provide microchips and free registration to all the pets of flood victims who have been displaced to ensure they can get their animals back if they are separated during this trying time.”

We sent Bark and Roll a $1,500 grant to help the organization cover veterinary expenses and meet its animals’ daily needs of enrichment, food and care.

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Rescutopia has been distributing pet food to residents displaced with their animals.

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Savannah Brown, founder of the Baton Rouge cat-rescue group, tells us, “All of our foster homes are flooded and all pet supplies were destroyed. We need food, blankets, towels, crates, heartworm medications, flea preventative and anything else we can get.

“We focus on the East Baton Rouge and Livingston Parish Area; both areas have been 90 percent flooded. We have taken in several homeless pets who were evacuated. All of South Louisiana is completely devastated, as a flood like this has never occurred. The flooding is worse than Katrina. Our community is devastated.”

We sent Rescutopia $1,000, which will be used to pay for food, crates, pet supplies and any medical treatment that may be required.

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A dog from a flooded shelter who has found refuge at Zeus’ Rescues in New Orleans

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The New Orleans shelter did not flood, but it has taken in more than 160 cats, kittens, dogs and puppies from shelters north of it that did — and many more are expected. Most of them have had minimal vaccinations and are not spayed or neutered; all will need to be altered and microchipped prior to being adopted at the reduced cost of $75 per animal.

Volunteer Kellie Grengs describes the desperate situation: “Shelter director Michelle Ingram and volunteers have driven in flood waters for the past four days to reach shelters that have taken on several feet of water. On Sunday, Aug. 14, Michelle pulled more than 60 animals from the Sorrento no-kill shelter and we expect more.

“Numerous shelters just a few miles north of us were impacted. One was overwhelmed by fast-rising flood waters and all they could do was open the kennels and let the dogs swim free so they didn’t drown. Rescue boats are in the process of saving human lives first and animals second. Michelle is on the scene pulling these animals and caring for them with a team of volunteers. Our shelter averages 400 adoptions annually; this will put a great strain on our already-limited resources, but we simply could not let these animals drown.”

We sent Zeus’ Rescues $2,500 to offset the costs of spaying and neutering the rescued pets. “Thank you so much!” Grengs says. “Last week was a whirl! We vetted 62 cats and one dog on Saturday afternoon alone and shipped 10,000 lbs. of dog/cat food and supplies to the flooded shelters. It was wild, to say the least. So many of the wonderful animals are in foster and will be getting adopted soon!”

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This pup rescued from Louisiana floodwaters is being cared for by Animal Aid for Vermilion Area in Abbeville.

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“Vermilion Parish and surrounding areas have been devastated by flooding,” says Roxanne Bayard, vice president of the Abbeville, La., shelter. “Many animals have drowned and waters continue to rise. We are having to evacuate homes with pets as well as the shelter to avoid animals drowning. We need to purchase crates, leashes, collars, cleaning supplies, new bedding, fans, litter, litter boxes and food. Many animals need emergency vetting due to injuries sustained in the flooding.” We sent $2,500 to help with these expenses.

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