In the wake of hurricane Harvey, I have been keeping tabs on as much of the pet and livestock rescue as I can. I have also been receiving a lot of messages about how people can help and make sure their help is being received. There are a lot of scam artists out there that take advantage of disaster situations to make some quick cash. Make sure you “vet” a place before donating.
- State veterinary medical associations are an excellent place to start. These associations are typically directly connected to the rescue efforts and are comprised of veterinarians that can put your resources where they are needed most.
- Texas Veterinary Veterinary Association can be reached at (512) 452-4224
- Texas Equine Medical Association is a registered 501c6 and has a donation page set up online at https://texasequineva.com/hurricane-harvey-relief/
- Another group I have scouted out and spoken with (but I have less knowledge off pre-hurricane) is Best Friends, an animal rescue group the rescue we work with pointed me towards. This groups seems to be very active in the hurricane relief and extremely well organized. They have a blog post from the heart of the rescue at http://blogs.bestfriends.org/. They have several ways to help.
- They have a monetary donation form (which they note is needed the most) at https://bestfriends.org/hurricane Harvey
- They also have an Amazon wishlist at https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/WXNNMA2C8Z1U
There are a lot of excellent ways to help the relief effort. If you are considering adopting an animal from the relief effort, use caution and contact your veterinarian. There is a lot of information coming out of Texas about the severe diseases these pets, horses, and stock might be carrying that are not common to our area. Stay tuned for more information!
P.S. Keep your eyes peeled on ways to help the fire victims in the northwest as well!