UPDATE: Hurricanes Harvey & Irma – Help for People and Animals

Update by Barbara Newtown.

If you don’t live close enough to a disaster area to participate in rescuing or care-giving, the most useful thing you can do is donate.  But — is your money being spent wisely?  The organization Charity Navigator ( www.charitynavigator.org ) rates charities on their effective and principled use of donations.

Here are excellent Florida charities helping with animal rescue and animal shelter:

 Gulf Coast Humane Society  www.gulfcoasthumanesociety.org

Halifax Humane Society, Inc.  www.halifaxhumanesociety.org

The Humane Society Naples  www.hsnaples.org

Humane Society of Manatee County  www.humanemanatee.org

Humane Society of Tampa Bay  www.humanesocietytampa.org

Humane Society of the Treasure Coast  www.hstc1.org

Jacksonville Humane Society  www.jaxhumane.org

Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League  www.peggyadams.org

Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando  www.petallianceorlando.org

Suncoast Humane Society  www.humane.org

Tri County Humane Society  www.tricountyanimalrescue.com 

The State of Florida Large Animal Response Plan can be read here:  http://www.flsart.org/larp/

The University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine fields VETS, the Veterinary Emergency Treatment Service, which responds to wide-ranging disasters as well as individual animal emergencies.  For up-to-date information about large and small animal emergency shelters and pet-friendly lodging, go to the website of the Florida State Agricultural Response Team:

http://www.freshfromflorida.com/Consumer-Resources/Hurricane-Irma

The highest-rated national charities already aiding victims of Hurricane Harvey, according to www.charitynavigator.org :

Direct Relief  www.directrelief.org

Matthew 25: Ministries   www.m25m.org 

GlobalGiving  www.globalgiving.org

Americares  www.americares.org

International Relief Teams  www.irteams.org

MAP International  www.map.org

And more charities with good ratings that will be helping specifically with Irma:

Samaritan’s Purse   www.samaritanspurse.org

Donors Choose   www.donorschoose.org

Heart to Heart International  www.hearttoheart.org

Catholic Relief Services  www.crs.org

Hope for Haiti  www.hopeforhaiti.com

Highly-rated local Houston charities, according to www.charitynavigator.org :

Houston Food Bank   www.houstonfoodbank.org

Food Bank of Corpus Christi  www.foodbankcc.com

Houston Humane Society  www.houstonhumane.org

San Antonio Humane Society  www.sahumane.org

And here are some excellent organizations not yet rated by www.charitynavigator.org :

USEF EQUINE DISASTER RELIEF FUND

https://www.usef.org/media/press-releases/donate-to-usef-equine-disaster-relief-fund

Formed after Hurricanes Rita and Katrina.  Quality control:  According to the USEF, money donated to the fund can only be released for disaster preparation or relief by the US Equestrian Chief Executive Officer.  Contact:  Mark Coley,  859-225-6965.

HUMANE SOCIETY OF LOUISIANA

www.news.humanela.org

The Humane Society of Louisiana has been helping relocate animals stranded in Texas as well as advising Louisiana pet owners about flood conditions in their own state.  If evacuating, the main advice is:  TAKE YOUR PETS WITH YOU.  If you wish to donate, checks and gift cards (Wal-Mart, Home Depot, Lowe’s, etc.) are most helpful.

LOUISIANA STATE ANIMAL RESPONSE TEAM

www.lsart.org

LSART recommends contacting the OEP for unresolved animal emergencies:

OFFICE OF EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS

http://gohsep.la.gov/about/parishpa

The Texas A & M College of Veterinary Medicine has sent its Veterinary Emergency Team down to Houston to assist in large and small animal rescue and care.  The A & M animal hospital does not have shelter facilities, but the team refers owners and rescuers to this list of Texas shelters, organized by county:

http://www.tahc.texas.gov/emergency/TAHC_SheltersHoldingFacilities.pdf

[photo:  houston spca]

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