Help Animals affected by Hurricanes



You will no doubt have seen the terrible scenes caused by Hurricane Harvey, Irma and Maria, and wondered how you can help.  

Pets, working animals, livestock, wildlife, birds and marine life have all been affected by the event and many will have no habitat to come back to as they knew it, so nowhere to rest, nest and feed.  

The needs of the charities working to help animals affected by these hurricanes will change frequently - even daily. They do need financial support in the form of donations, however large or small.  And many will be looking for forever homes for these animals.  

How to protect your pets during Hurricane Irma (USA Today)

Here are some charities working to help the animals affected by Hurricanes Harvey & Irma and Maria.  Thank you to one and all for all you're doing.  I will be adding to them, so please bear with me.  

International Fund for Animal Welfare

Humane Society of the United States have a Disaster Relief Fund - click here to donate - 

World Animal Protection is working with the local governments and vets in the Caribbean and is on standby ready to provide assistance.  The expectation is that the animals will need medical help and shelter.  Click here to see their news

Animal Rescue League of Portland are working with All Puerto Rican rescue group, All Sato Rescue (ASR) to get animals out before the storm hits and help with the aftermath of the hurricanes

Network for Animals are working with organisations in Cuba and in the US to help animals.  You can donate here

If you live in the US, you may well find that one way of helping animals affected by the disaster is to actually help your local animal shelter;  many pets previously in shelters in the affected area have been flown out to other States, to make room for those coming from the rescue area.    Watch out for news on your local TV stations, your local shelters' website and Facebook pages.  

Best Friends have info on how you can help and you can visit their Facebook page.  Donate, volunteer, share resources, get up to date news.

The ASPCA is on the ground in Florida and South Carolina assisting with pre-evacuation, relocation and emergency sheltering efforts for animals in the path of Hurricane Irma.  More info

The Portsmouth Humane Society is working with the Humane Society of the United States to help as many displaced animals as possible.  They need fosterers, especially for cats and kittens

South Florida Wildlife Center - you can make a donation here

Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Harvey Animals Rescue Support has requests for immediate assistance and enables people to connect if they are willing to take in animals.

Houston SPCA has a disaster hotline on 713-861-3010 for all Hurricane Harvey animal emergencies, inquires and reports.

SPCA of Texas says it’s now at full capacity for new volunteers and fosterers – what it needs is donations.  It also has resources for people affected by the storm with their animals

Austin Pets Alive has a list of its needs which include volunteers over 18 who are able to do physical labour.   They are also looking for people who will foster with a view to adopting and medical foster homes.   More info

The Animal Defense League of Texas needs donations and other items  - More info

Humane Society of the United States Animal Rescue Team – at the time of writing, they were working on animal rescue and transport, moving animals out of the area.  Donate here to help

Best Friends’ disaster response team is deploying to Texas to rescue stranded animals, deliver supplies to hard-hit shelters, transport displaced shelter pets and support emergency sheltering efforts.  More info

Wings of Rescue in California are flying animals out of the area to other parts of the US for re-homing there (these are animals who were already in shelters looking for homes.  You can donate through  Paypal or their website.

The ASPCA is on the ground with search-and-rescue, sheltering and relocation teams in Houston and much of Harvey's path.  They need donations to help them

Louisiana SPCA has already transported dozens of animals living in Harvey's path to Atlanta so creating space for those coming in from being rescued.  You can donate here

Atlanta Humane Society are taking in displaced Texas pets to create more room for those who have been affected by the disaster. 

St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center in Madison, New Jersey are working to help take in dogs from Texas, and these dogs are being distributed to other shelters in the area.  Find out more here

Wild West Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Armarillo, Texas is helping wildlife by working with a rescue centre in Austin which had 300 squirrels to start with in a few days.  Donate here

Wildlife Rescue is prepared to take in injured or orphaned wildlife that have been displaced as a result of Hurricane Harvey.  Available 24 hours a day to Bexar county and surrounding areas, WRR will be open around-the-clock to take in animals. To report an injured or displaced animal, you can call the WRR hotline at (830) 336-2725. WRR is relying on hundreds of volunteers over the next week weeks and who will rescue animals in need.  There’s a news item here

How to Help Animals Affected By Hurricanes Harvey, Irma (Chicago)

Houston Zoo is now open

The Texas Zoo’s facebook page has information on how they have and are faring.  Visit Texas Zoo or their facebook page and you can make a donation here  The San Antonio Zoo, with teams fromSeaWorld, Fort Worth Zoo and Animal World Snake Farm went to help.   

RedRover has a list of resources including pet friendly resources e.g. places to stay, pets allowed, etc

A report from on how the animals are affected in Florida

Why Florida zoos aren't evacuating their animals
Nesting turtles are on Florida's front line facing Hurricane Irma
Bahamas zoo rushes to save 150 animals by storing them in a makeshift Noah's Ark - the manager's office - as islands brace for Hurricane Irma
Irma: Cuba airlifts dolphins to safety from deadly hurricane
One step ahead of Irma, animals flown from Florida to Bay Area shelters
Horses find shelter from Hurricane Irma
Humane Society of Tampa Bay to close shelter, move animals for Hurricane Irma
Remote Area Medical rescues dozens of animals from Hurricane Irma's path
Flock of flamingos seeks shelter at Busch Gardens

Despite all the amazing efforts by charities, there are some dreadful cases of cruelty as well.   More than 50 animals found tethered to trees in Florida county as Irma approaches


After Hurricane Katrina, the Pet Evacuation and Transportation Standards Act was passed in 2006 to ensure that animals were included in emergency preparations,  and people seemed to have learnt from that experience.   Many evacuees had to leave animals behind because shelters wouldn’t allow them.  However in Hurricane Harvey, many pet owners were seen carrying their pets rather than possessions.   Shelters have evacuated ahead of time.  However, unfortunately nothing is known yet about the devastating effect this flooding has had on wildlife and livestock


There will be something each and everyone of us can do, even if it’s to give £5 or $5.   And please, if you have an animal in your care, use this as an opportunity to consider how far you’ve planned for them in the event of a disaster, natural or otherwise.