Friends and animal lovers,
Our hearts go out to the victims of Hurricane Harvey. We have received communication from many community members who are passionate about helping the animals displaced by the hurricane. We want to let you know how IndyHumane is helping, as well as what you can do to help.
Here is how IndyHumane is helping:
IndyHumane is in daily contact with several rescue organizations in the disaster area (Houston SPCA, HSUS, ASPCA, Denver Dumb Friends, etc.). We stand ready to provide supplies when needed, as well as persons to assist if so asked. We are also preparing to receive several displaced shelter dogs (unowned only) from Texas – this will provide kennel space in Texas shelters for animals whose owners will be searching for them.
Here is how you can help:
We strongly encourage those persons wishing to help to make a financial donation to Austin Pets Alive!, a trustworthy organization in the disaster area that is taking a leadership role in helping animal victims of the hurricane.
Untrained volunteers in disaster areas, though well-intentioned, may unknowingly impede the work and processes of the trained first responders. In addition, disaster areas pose physical dangers that most citizens are not properly trained to assess and handle.
Pet supplies such as crates and food may be needed in the future, but at the moment, storage and distribution in the affected area is impossible. In the wake of natural disasters (such as Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana), pet supplies that were sent prematurely ended up discarded or rotten due to lacking infrastructure for distribution.
We are proud to be part of such a caring, compassionate community of animal lovers. Thank you all for your desire to aid the victims of Hurricane Harvey.