WOOF! As I watched the news with my humans, the damage caused by Hurricane Harvey in Texas followed by Hurricane Irma in Florida was frightening, to paw the least. I worried about my fellow dogs and cats in the way of the storms who may not have been taken out of harm’s way with their humans for whatever reason or were caught in the storm and needed help. WOOF!
Several of my human local rescue friends have been diligently working to assist the animals affected by Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma. While I don’t know all of the work which goes on, I know they are helping in a variety of ways.
PetConnect Rescue, my alumnus, is assisting the Texas shelters to make room for animals that have become separated from their families. PetConnect Rescue will be transporting dogs who have been in shelters a while providing space for those lost animals to wait for their humans.
There are several ways humans who love dogs and cats can assist. First, make a donation at
https://www.z2systems.com/np/clients/petconnectrescue/donation.jsp. Barks! Donations will help provide transport, supplies, and vetting to incoming animals impacted by Hurricane Harvey. Costs for the first group of dogs will exceed $2,000! Arf! Animals will require vetting upon arrival and supplies to make them feel at home until they are adopted.
Second, foster an animal scheduled to arrive. Open your home to pets that have been impacted by Hurricane Harvey! To learn more about fostering visit http://www.petconnectrescue.org/volunteer/foster/.
Third, animal and cleaning supplies are an urgent need. Please consider donating one or more items from the following list. Items will be collected and held until delivery coordination to Texas is made. Some supplies may be used to help welcome dogs that we will be rescuing from texas shelters. some items needed are: medium and large wire dog crates (not loaned), sheets (can be used), bath and beach towels (can be used), aluminum food bowls, Styrofoam bowls, dog & cat food (meat as first ingredient), wet canned cat food, litter (clumping and non-clumping), aluminum baking pans for litter boxes, leashes (all size- flat), martingale colors (all size); cleaning supplies: trash bags, bleach, paper towels, dog poop bags, Clorox wipes, sponges, hand brooms/dust pans, litter scoopers, mops, mop buckets, and push brooms. For delivery details, contact: email@example.com (Maryland), firstname.lastname@example.org (Round Hill, VA area) email@example.com (Chantilly, Va. area).
Every once in a while, in my column “Friday’s Friend” at www.fromthedogspaw.com, I feature dogs called “Potcake.” These dogs are brought to the United States through an agreement with Operation Paws for Homes and Turks & Caicos SPCA (TCSPCA)! The dogs are often strays in their communities looking for food, water and a place to live.
Winds of 185 MPH from Hurricane Irma destroyed the facility “Pampered Paws,” which TCSPCA uses heavily to provide boarding space for dogs heading to the USA.
Funds are needed to assist in the re-building of “Pampered Paws” too, so more dogs can find forever homes and humans to love! If you would like to know more about this effort, please visit and make donations at https://www.gofundme.com/aid-for-potcake-dogs-after-irma.
As the tragedy unfolded in Texas, Lab Rescue of L.R.C.P., Inc., contacted the National Labrador Retriever Rescue Coordinator and several Texas-based Lab Rescue Groups to offer assistance!
Where can you help Lab Rescue and the Labrador Retrievers coming here from Texas? The greatest needs are for volunteers and donations. Volunteers needed are in transport. If you would like to volunteer, visit https://lab-rescue.org/ALabRescue/Ways_to_Help/Volunteer_Application.aspx.
Recent expenses for this work have been around $4,000. If you would like to donate funds to assist in this work, please visit www.lab-rescue.org/texas.
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