Mother Nature Network recently published an article on ways you can help pets affected by disasters like recent hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
While many pet owners evacuated with their pets in tow, others left their pets behind. Even among those who brought their pets with them, the chaos of evacuation and temporary shelters often results in a greater number of lost and escaped pets. Between the abandoned, the lost, and those simply in need of food and other supplies, disaster-affected pets are often in dire need of assistance.
So what can you do to help?
Donate to disaster relief organizations
A number of local and national organizations are well-positioned to provide food, shelter, medical care, and other resources for disaster-affected pets. Donating to them is one of the simplest ways to ensure your money goes to helping pets in need.
Reach out to local shelters
Disasters take a disproportionate toll on animal shelters. Many shelters are in need of supplies and other resources during the best of times, these needs are multiplied in the wake of a disaster. By reaching out to shelters in affected areas, you can learn what resources they are in most need of and coordinate how to get those resources to them.
Foster a pet
Disasters frequently overload shelters’ capacities, resulting in many animals getting shuffled around from shelter to shelter as availability opens up. By fostering a pet, you can alleviate the burden on shelters and help them reunite pets with their owners and find permanent placements for pets that have been abandoned.