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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 events in Houston for December 2016

The year is winding down, and with the holidays coming, there are just a small handful of dog-related events happening around Houston this month. 

A quick note:  Many of the rescue groups and shelters around town rely solely on volunteers and donations to make a difference in animals' lives.  We all love a story with a happy ending, but it takes dedication and resources.  In the spirit of the holiday season, please consider donating time, food, supplies, or money to one of these great organizations.

houston pet photography

Things to do with your dog in Houston (December 2016):

  • December 3 - Jingle Bell Bark and Brew at Kirby Ice House.   Join Greater Houston German Shepherd Dog Rescue for their annual fundraising and adoption event.  Silent auction, raffle, brew, and pet photos with Santa!
  • December 3 - iWalk for Animals at Memorial Park picnic loop.  Get your exercise in either the 5K or 1K, and join the fun with demonstrations, live music, and vendors.  Benefits the Houston SPCA.
  • December 3 - Santa Paws at the Houston Humane Society.  Pets and kids can get their picture taken with Santa, donation of a Kong toy or pet food is recommended.
  • December 4 - Paws and Claus at Gleannloch Farms Dog Park.  Family fun with training demonstrations, entertainment by Houston Frisbee Dogs, silent auction, vendors, and more!  Benefiting Gleannloch Farms Pet Committee.

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!