Updates from Animal Rescue Central
General Storm Information:
Updates from the frontline:
The Houston SPCA has spent the last two weeks devoted to saving the animal victims of Hurricane Ike. We evacuated animals from coastal shelters to safety; rescued, saved and shelter 1,562 storm victims; fed/sheltered in place another 484 animals; placed 424 animals into temporary foster care; celebrated over 100 miraculous reunions; and in cooperation with our affiliate Wildlife Rehab & Education fed and cared for more than 1,000 orphaned baby squirrels and other wild animals who also suffered from Ike's wrath. The road to recovery may be long and filled with debris and other obstacles. But, the Houston SPCA has been a beacon of hope and a safe haven since 1924 and with your support we will continue to be a shelter from the storm for those in need! Here are some of our favorite reunion pictures and one of a baby squirrel with a broken leg that WR&E will nurse back to health!
Thank you to those of you who have stepped up and helped us during this difficult time. Our work continues. Please consider making a donation to support the programs of the Houston SPCA and help
September 21, 2008
The five little terrier-mix dogs had been left behind on Galveston Island by their owner. Alone and frightened they watched as the storm surge began to rush into their home. As the water continued its relentless rise, they jumped to the top of a table and that’s where Houston SPCA rescue teams found them trembling and whimpering in fear. The high water mark was over their heads and our rescue teams knew in their hearts that these little dogs spent most of the night swimming for their lives. But they had a strong will to live and thanks to the Houston SPCA, they also have a second chance at life.
Houston SPCA rescue teams are in a race against time to safe innocent storm victims like these who were left behind on the Island to fend for themselves. Thousands of dogs, cats, horses, puppies and kittens, birds and other pets have found a safe haven at the Houston SPCA.
On Saturday, we sheltered 233 animals from Galveston, took in another 149 at the temporary shelter on the Island and conducted 141 rescues. Overall, nearly 600 animals have arrived from our Island’s temporary shelter and our teams in the field have conducted over 600 rescues. In addition, hundreds of Houstonians responded to our “Operation Safe-a-Life” plea and have opened their hearts and homes to foster Galveston pets for 10 days. This morning the line of foster families stretched out the door!
Our animal friends lost everything in the storm but hope. And, thanks to our life-saving efforts we are bringing hope to those animals who so desperately need us. But now…the Houston SPCA needs you! Please consider making a donation to support the Houston SPCA and help us give storm victims like this little Chihuahua a chance at life.
September 20, 2008
The WR&E Center has responders trained in ICS (incident command system) and HAZWOPER certified (ability to deal with hazardous substances) that are authorized by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department to care for oil impacted wildlife. If anyone in the general public comes across oiled wildlife do not handle or wash the animal. Call the Houston SPCA Disaster hotline at 713.435.2990 to report the sighting immediately. It is against state and federal laws for the public to handle or wash wild animals.
All oiled wildlife that the WR&E Center receives will be cleaned in the TGLO wildlife trailer which has flash hot water heaters for proper washing. The animals will be set up in a triage, administered rehydrating fluids, once stable they will be washed then dried under heatlamps, encouraged to begin to self feed fish, exercised in flight cages and then finally released back into the wild.
September 19, 2008
As animals are rescued and lost animal reports come in to the Emergency Hotline (713-435-2990) being staffed by HSPCA, information is entered into the PetPoint Animal Management system. Every 15 minutes this data is then uploaded.
Owners who recognize a lost pet on the website can call the hotline and their information will be immediately attached to the animal at the shelter, expediting reunification.
“The loss of a beloved family pet only adds to the anguish of those who have already suffered so much,” said Mark Warren, President and Chief Executive Officer of Pethealth. “The Disaster Response Pet Portal will help ease the suffering of those who have lost their pets and it will assist those who are trying to rescue them.”
The HSPCA is overseeing animal welfare initiatives in the area including an emergency shelter in Galveston, a community severely affected by the Hurricane. “Our staff and volunteers are working around-the-clock to rescue pets and reunite them with their families,” said Patricia Mercer, President of the Houston SPCA. “The online database portal created by Pethealth will make it easier for us ready to care for the thousands of pets which are being rescued in the aftermath and ensure they find their way home as soon as possible.”
“We must remember the animal victims of Ike,” said Corey Lambrecht, Managing Partner, Global Alerts LLC, parent company of Pets911.com, “and support the efforts of the Houston SPCA to come to their rescue and return them to their families.”
“The Disaster Response Pet Portal is about using the Internet to leverage the dedication, expertise and technology available to help in this crisis,” said Steve Zeidman, Chief Technology Officer at PetPoint.
September 18, 2008
In the wake of Hurricane Ike, many animals have been lost, abandoned, and injured on
The Houston SPCA’s “Operation Save a Life” is asking every family who is able to foster a
· Current pets in a foster home must be fully vaccinated and spayed or neutered.
· Each home must keep foster pets in a completely separate room or area from current pets.
· Renters must have permission from their landlords and present a lease agreement.
· Foster parents must present a photo ID and provide current contact information.
· Each foster parent will also be required to sign a contract with the understanding that the animal belongs to the Houston SPCA during its foster care.
· Foster families will not be responsible for veterinary care during the ten-day foster period.
Families interested in fostering can go click here to download an application or come to the Houston SPCA beginning Friday, September 19th at . The hope for all of these animals is that they will be reunited with their original owners or given a second chance at life in new a loving, permanent home.
The Houston SPCA is committed to the rescue and recovery efforts to save the thousands of animals left behind after the wrath of Hurricane Ike. Every lost pet will be photographed and its picture placed on line. The Houston SPCA is located at 900 Portway Drive, and currently open 7 days a week from 8 am to 6 pm. September 17, 2008
Teams from the Houston SPCA loaded tens of thousands of pounds of crates, food, litter, water, newspapers, cleaning and medical supplies, bowls, blankets and other supplies and headed for Galveston. The closer they got to Galveston, the more tragic the devastation. They knew they were faced with a tremendous task...creating a safe haven for those in need where there was no shelter from the storm. The temporary animal shelter was to be located in an old Police Substation. Advanced crews swept and bleached the floors and moved file cabinets. Upon arrival our teams assessed the areas and began assembling crates. A human chain started ferrying supplies from the truck to the emerging shelter under a blazing sun. Before the shelter was even complete or the location announced to the public, people and pets in need found us! Kind people who had lost everything and experienced personal tragedies beyond belief were bringing lost and frightening pets to us. In just a few hours earlier had been a dark, dusty abandoned building, a new shiny safe haven...a shelter from the stood whose doors are open to all in need. And, in a race against time, our teams in the field are conducting their search and rescue missions. Today we're bringing another 46,000 pounds of supplies to Galveston which will be used at the shelter and distribution to people and pets in need who are living on the Island. September 15, 2008
The wrath of Hurricane Ike left a site of mass destruction at the Galveston County Animal Shelter in Texas City. the Houston SPCA's Disaster Response team lead by Chief Investigator , Charles Jantzen stepped in on Saturday afternoon to rescue 77 dogs, 65 cats, one rabbit, some parakeets and a pelican along with other wildlife that sheltered in place with staff when the hurricane hit. The high winds and pounding rain ripped holes in the ceilings, causing sheets of water to pout into the shelter leaving behind slick floors and soaked animals. The air conditioner went out due to the power outage in the city causing the animals to survive without sufficient ventilation for hours upon arrival they were moved into the facility where they were provided with food, water and shelter.
The animals were transported to the Houston SPCA in a 48 foot air conditioned trailer. Hours upon arrival they were moved into the facility where they were provided with food, water and shelter. Hours before being rescued by the Disaster Response Team, one cat had given birth to kittens. There are many litters of puppies and kittens in the group along with adult cats and dogs who need loving homes. Many of the animals will be up for adoption at the Houston SPCA, as they will have to take shelter in Houston until their home in Texas City is back to normal.
The Houston SPCA's Animal Response Disaster Hotline will be staffed from 10 am to 6 pm daily to field lost and found reports, rescue reports, and to offer animal related information. The number is 713-435-2990. Messages left after hours will be returned promptly the next morning.
September 14, 2008:
She urges anyone finding an orphaned baby squirrel or bird to put him/ her in a box with a rag. Do not offer food or water. Residents finding injured or orphaned seabirds should gently toss a towel over the animal and carefully sweep them in a box. The most important thing at this point is to get the animal warm and dry. Please call the Houston SPCA Disaster Hotline for rescue information at 713-435-2990.
September 13, 3008
Ultimately they surrendered to the fury of the storm and were sucked away into the night. Small tree limbs and leaves litter the ground. Water from the force of the storm came through the doors of the shelter and down through the ceiling in places leaving us a bit of mopping to do this morning.
It's 10 am and all the cages clean and animals fed. The kittens in the (pictured) are enjoying a bit of personal attention. Our barns and outbuildings are structurally secure and our horses and other farm animals enjoying breakfast.
Our Disaster Hotline is ready to go and as soon as it's safe for us to hit the streets, we'll launch our rescue and recovery efforts.
September 12, 2008 p.m:
The Houston SPCA has also activated the Disaster Animal Response Hotline. Volunteer operators will be accepting calls daily from 10 am to 6 pm about lost and found pets, rescue reports and offering other animal-related information. The TOLL FREE number is 877-661-0161.
In addition, animal rescuers from around the country including the Denver Dumb Friends League, SPCALA, Humane Society of Missouri, and Code 3 Associates, Inc. and SAWA are sending at our request experience animal rescue technicians and animal care staff to assist us in our life-saving efforts!
As of Noon Central time the Houston SPCA has activated its Animal Response Hotline. Operators will be accepting lost and found animal reports, rescue reports and offering other animal related information.
The hotline will be staffed today from Noon to 6 p.m. and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the following days.Call notes are available so those who call in after hours may leave a message which will be returned first thing in the morning. The toll free number is 877-661-0161 or 713-861-0161.
September 11, 2008 p.m:
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September 11, 2008 a.m:
For a list of Animal Sheltering options across the state. Please click here. We will keep this list as updated as possible with new information.
For additional information, please visit www.cvm.tamu.edu, or Brazos County Emergency Management - www.bcdem.org (979) 393-9913 or (979) 393-9914.
September 10, 2008 a.m:
And, once again the Houston SPCA is preparing for a major hurricane strike along the
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