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More animals are arriving at Austin Humane Society (AHS) as recovery operations continue from areas devastated by Hurricane Harvey. We continue to work with our partners in Houston and other parts of the state to assist them in any way we can. More animals are set to arrive from hard hit areas later this week.
AHS is now operating two emergency pet shelters as all dogs from the Expo Center have now been transferred to AHS for longer term care until they can be reunited with their families.
Monday, AHS saw its first successful reunification. Oliver Santos and his family escaped their Houston area home by kayak from their second floor. They were forced to leave their dog, Lion, and two others behind. Thankfully, Lion’s microchip was up to date and we were able to make the successful reunion. (photos here) AHS, along with our city of Austin partners, will be working to reunite animals with their families in the days and weeks ahead.
Also, Monday, AHS transferred more than a dozen kittens and cats from Houston SPCA in order to allow them more room to house the steady flow of animals still being rescued in the disaster zone. All are now getting care in our emergency shelters and will stay with AHS until they are adopted. These animals were in the shelters prior to Hurricane Harvey and do not have owners.
As AHS works to reunite more animals with their families and care for additional un-owned animals, our shelter remains closed to the general public. Please keep watching our website and social media channels for updates.
Here’s how you can help:
- Help us provide safe shelter by making a monetary donation. Your donation, no matter the amount, will help give animals the safe place and support they need. At this point, this is the most critical ask!
- Open your home as a loving foster by reaching out to firstname.lastname@example.org with name, email, phone number and cat/dog that your home can host.
- Volunteer your time as an emergency volunteer. Fill out your form and a staff member will be in touch to get you signed up as quickly as possible.
- Donate much-needed supplies from our Amazon wish list including stainless steel food and water bowls, medium or large crates, sheets and paper towels.
AHS Harvey Response Facts:
- More than 500 animals impacted by Hurricane Harvey served in the last week.
- More than 250 animals who were living our shelter prior to Harvey are now in foster care. We are working to find these animals permanent homes through our foster families.
- More than 250 emergency volunteers have signed up and are helping sort donations, clean kennels, run errands, and care for animals. This is in addition to our 600+ existing AHS volunteers.
- Former AHS staff and volunteers from across the country are returning to AHS to assist, some as far away as New Jersey!
The Austin Humane Society (AHS) offers comprehensive, humane, life-saving animal services, transforming the lives of animals and those who love them. Because we believe homeless animals deserve a chance to thrive in a loving environment, we offer innovative, nationally recognized programs that save the lives of thousands of dogs and cats each year. AHS’ approach to addressing animal homelessness encompasses both finding animals homes through adoption as well as preventing future homelessness through spay/neuter programs.
The Austin Humane Society is open from noon to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. For more information about AHS adoptable animals and programs, please visit www.AustinHumaneSociety.org or call 512-646-7387.