There seems to be a connection between Tennessee and Texas. Maybe it’s a Davy Crockett thing. Texas needs our help. Due to the recent flooding and rain, people have become separated from their pets. Organizations are helping animals and people reunite, but they need assistance. Sound familiar?
The May 2010 Tennessee floods left many homeless, destroyed property, and were responsible for 21 deaths (10 in Davidson County). Many people were separated from their pets and animals. Local volunteers helped with finding homes, providing food, locating fosters, and – finally, hopefully – reuniting pets with their owners.
If you have a pet that is a family member, imagine: uncontrollable forces have taken your home. Your photographs that cannot be replaced, the heirlooms, and the little things that give us comfort – gone. A favorite blanket, a good book, our great-grandmother’s coveted recipe – underwater. Add to the tragedy your beloved pet is missing. Are they alive? Thunder scares them and, during storms, you were always able to comfort them. Maybe they swam to safety. Perhaps wandering the streets looking for their home.
Austin Animal Center officials are encouraging Texans who lost a pet to go to the Center to reclaim their animal. There will be no fee for people looking to reclaim their pet; the Center is providing free identification tags, collars and microchips for reclaimed animals. (source) Numerous animal shelters and volunteers are assisting.
How many Tennesseans call Texas their birthplace, have loved ones in the Lone Star State, or once lived in the biggest state in the country? Many people are calling the Volunteer State their home, but their hearts are still back down south. Its time the “Volunteers” helped. May 2010 taught us about the power one volunteer can have.
See the pictures below for some amazing stories about animals in the Texas floods.
To help Texas animals and their people reconnect, contact HERE. You can also go on Facebook and click HERE to help. DO NOT gift to an organization until you have researched; scams are now taking well-meaning donations and disappearing with the money and goods.
For other ways to help people & animals, click HERE
What to do if your pet is lost HERE
This dog was found
This Lab mix was found during the Texas flood and is now safe in a shelter. Using social media, people are trying to find their pets, volunteers are trying to find the pet owners, and animals are being fostered out due to overpopulation in shelters caused by flooding & rescuing.
This dog is missing
This dog is missing after flooding forced many people from their homes in Texas. Using social media, people are trying to find their pets, volunteers are trying to find the pet owners, and animals are being fostered out due to overpopulation in shelters caused by flooding & rescuing.
Awesome volunteers help!
These awesome kids sold tea & kool aid and asked for donations in their neighborhood as a fundraiser. They raised $125 to assist the animals rescued during the storms in Texas. Every bit helps!
“Salem” is still missing
Still missing after the floods! Salem was in a woman’s house when the house was flooded and swept away. Please spread the word and hopefully we can find her! The woman is hospitalized recovering from surgery (unrelated to the flood) and it would mean the world if we could bring her home! Contact HERE
“Maggie” found in tree after family lost
Maggie was discovered stuck in a tree. Maggie belongs to Jonathan McComb, who was swept down the river along with his family during the flooding. Jonathan was saved. His wife and children remain missing along with others.
“Maverick” ran scared, now missing
“Maverick” is terrified of thunderstorms. He broke the gate to his house and ran away when the storms began. He has a microchip. If you’ve seen him or know where he is please email his worried family at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Tinkerbell” reunited with her family
Happy reunion: This woman was stranded at a Houston Rockets game when the weather hit. Her neighborhood was flooded. “Tinkerbell” was at the house but escaped from her crate. “Tinkerbell” was found floating on a chair when the woman’s grandson went to the rescue.
Some animals lost forever
This cat didn’t make it. Drowned in the flood in Wimberley, TX. The family has been notified of the sad news. The family home was also lost in the flood.
Some animals are reunited
This baby was found wandering, but thanks to volunteers, the folks of SPCA of Brazoria County and social networking, the owner has been found! There are some happy stories.
Overcrowding from damage to animal adoption agencies
Some animal shelters have flooded, so these animals waiting for adoptions and fosters had to be moved. Many Texans are volunteering to foster until the lost pets have been reunited with their families.