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After Hurricane Harvey: How to Help Houston's Animals

a city of 6.7 million people

50+ inches of rain in 4 days

record-breaking floods

To say the last several days have been emotionally draining would be a huge understatement.  So many uncertainties between the hurricane path, wind, rain, tornadoes, flooding, power outages, and most of us asking:

WILL IT EVER STOP RAINING?

The amount of devastation in and around Houston is staggering - it's heartbreaking how many people have been displaced from their homes, or worse, lost everything in the floods.  I'm proud of how quickly our city has stepped up to help one another, and sincerely touched by the dedication of the emergency responders and all the volunteers pouring in.

The sun finally came out late Tuesday, and although it will take weeks for the flood waters to recede and months or even years to cleanup, the sun was such a welcome sight.  Rebuilding Houston will not be a sprint, it's a marathon and you can help.


HOW TO HELP


Donate money

Please consider donating to one of the animal shelters and rescue groups local to Houston, and check if your employer offers a matching fund program because your donation could go even farther!  The following list is only a small fraction of the many selfless rescue organizations around Houston who are already hard at work deploying volunteers and supplies where they are needed. 

Donate supplies

Some of the above organizations are also accepting supply donations, such as food, leashes, crates, blankets, etc.  Please check with the individual organization for most-needed items and drop-off location.  As of today, we still do not have mail service, so supply donations will need to be dropped off locally (only if safe to do so).

Open your home

Lastly, consider fostering (or even adopting!) a pet. 

maltese mix

As a Houstonian, it's been astounding to see the outpouring of love and support from people far and wide.  From the bottom of my heart, thank you for helping.


Dog-friendly activities in Houston - August 2017

A relatively quiet month for dog-friendly activities around Houston...  enjoy the break, the A/C, and the pool!

dog with big ears running on beach

Things to do with your dog in Houston (August 2017):

  • August 3 - Kendra Gives Back Party at the Kendra Scott Jewelry store in City Centre.  Shop for jewelry to benefit Corridor Rescue.
  • August 4 - Yappy Hour at Bagby Park in Midtown.  Monthly pet-friendly happy hour with treats and prizes.
  • August 5 - Wine and Dine for Felines (and Doggies too) at the French Quarter Grill.  Enjoy food and drink, silent auction, and door prizes with proceeds benefiting Loving Arms Pet Placement.
  • August 5 - Mutts & Melodies at Green Street downtown.  Enjoy live music while playing with puppies!  Pup Squad Animal Rescue will host pet adoptions.
  • several dates - Vaccine & Microchipping Clinic with VIP PetCare at Loyl's Natural Pet, Pet Supermarket, and Katy Tractor Supply. 

Things to do with your dog in Houston any day:

Do you have an event to share with your fellow dog-loving Houstonians?  Send me a message, and I'll update the list!


Things to do with dogs in Houston - July 2017

The summer is heating up... don't forget your water as you hit the town for these fun dog-friendly events in and around the Houston area!

french bulldog with one floppy ear

Things to do with your dog in Houston (July 2017):

  • July 1 - Mutts & Melodies at Green Street downtown.  Enjoy live music while playing with puppies!  Pup Squad Animal Rescue will host pet adoptions.
  • July 7 - Yappy Hour at Bagby Park in Midtown.  Monthly pet-friendly happy hour with treats and prizes.
  • July 8 - Picnic for Pets.  Celebrate the grand opening of the Houston Humane Society's new Pavilion.  The event will have BBQ, vendors, silent auction, live music, and games.
  • July 15 - DogPop at Yuppie Dog in the Heights.  Music, food trucks, space for your dog to play, and local businesses for an evening of fun benefiting the Houston Homeless Pet Project.
  • July 15 - League City Dog Park Summer Fun.  A dog of pet adoptions, music, food, splash pools, and more. 
  • July 19-23 - Houston World Series of Dog Shows.  Held indoors at NRG Park, this show has breed judging, obedience, agility racing, frisbee catching, and dog dancing.  Tons of vendors and demonstrations on dog health, training, grooming, and more.

Things to do with your dog in Houston any day:

Do you have an event to share with your fellow dog-loving Houstonians?  Send me a message, and I'll update the list!


Dog-friendly events in Houston for April 2017

Did you make it out to see the bluebonnets this year?  If you hurry, you still might be able to find a patch for photos.  I'll be sharing images from my bluebonnet sessions soon.  Until then, let's see what dog-friendly events are happening around Houston this month.

The first event in the list, Doggy Party on the Plaza, actually already happened and I was there with a booth - I enjoyed meeting many of you! 

I didn't take many pictures at the event, but couldn't resist these little guys.  No surprise, they stole the show everywhere they went! 

little dogs in harley davidson biker outfits

Things to do with your dog in Houston (April 2017):

  • April 1 - Doggy Party on the Plaza at City Centre.  If you missed it this year, put it on your calendar for next year - this fundraiser has adoptable dogs, a parade, costume contests, vendors, music, and more!
  • April 8 - Dog Meet Up on the Patio at The Isles Ice House.  Monthly meetup to socialize, eat, drink, and be merry with your dogs.
  • April 8 - Easter Fun for Every Bunny at Petsmart, multiple locations.
  • April 9 - Pet Night with the Easter Bunny at Memorial City Mall. 
  • April 22 - Mutts and Melodies at GreenStreet downtown.  Pup Squad Animal Rescue hosts live music, puppies, and adoptions every first and fourth Saturday afternoon.
  • April 22 - Fort Bend Cares Doggone Fun Run in Sienna Plantation.  Participate in a 5K run or 1 mile fun run/walk with your dog, fundraising event for disadvantaged children.
  • April 22 - OPA Rescue Ride in Conroe.  Family-friendly event including departure of Flight for Life (plane transporting rescued animals to forever homes), a 100-mile motorcycle ride, and after-party celebration.  Benefiting Operation Pets Alive!
  • April 28 - Yappy Hour at Bagby Park in Midtown.  Monthly pet-friendly happy hour with treats and prizes.
  • April 29 - K-9 Fun Run & Walk at University of Houston.  Get some exercise and support the Houston Humane Society, and stay for food, drink, shopping, and more.
  • April 29 - Pet-a-Palooza in Galveston.  Family-friendly event benefiting Galveston Island Humane Society.  Live entertainment, food trucks, costume/dancing/trick contests, and adoptable animals.  Plus you can stop at the beach while you're down there!

Things to do with your dog in Houston any day:

Do you have an event to share with your fellow dog-loving Houstonians?  Send me a message, and I'll update the list!