Over the weekend, Hurricane Harvey battered the Gulf Coast and South Texas, causing catastrophic flooding and stranding thousands of people and animals. As of Monday morning, 5,500 people sought refuge in shelters, with many more expected to follow as rescues are still underway.
The storm, which made landfall Friday night, has so far claimed 10 lives and injured countless people, but there is little information to be found on how it has affected the animal population of Texas. Despite legislation put in place after Hurricane Katrina encouraging pet evacuations, and officials reminding evacuees not to leave their animals behind, the fate of many of Texas’ furry residents is still up in the air.
Local and national organizations are fighting hard to save animals trapped in Harvey’s wake — and they need your support. Here’s how you can help animal evacuees, whether you live in Texas, Louisiana or across the globe: