Officials said Dallas is poised to host thousands of animals if need be, with a new shelter set up next to the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center.
On the north shore, the St. Tammany Humane Society plans to absorb any displaced animals by putting them in foster homes, said Scott Bernier, the group's chief executive officer. "As you can imagine, it's a rapidly changing situation". PAWS Tinley Park put out the call and within hours bags of dog food, beds and blankets piled up. They were the unclaimed, un-adopted dogs from San Antonio-where shelters are trying to open up space and resources for pets found after the floodwaters recede in Texas.
An image of a German shepherd mix named Otis has also been shared on social media, some calling it another symbol of Texan resiliency.
Toni Bianchi felt like she had to do something.
If you are located in Texas, we encourage you to reach out to area shelters to let them know that you can help.
"We're looking for foster families like we've never looked for them before", Dinger says.
"Most of the help that they would get normally would be coming from Houston and San Antonio areas".
Atlanta Humane Society's Christina Hill explained how animal welfare organizations across the country are working together to aid animals that have been displaced by the hurricane. "Disaster response is my passion", says Deutsch, who spent months in Louisiana coaxing terrified dogs and cats from the debris and collapsed homes after Katrina. To donate to their efforts in Houston, go here. "Instead, they use a significant amount of their funds to lobby against farmers and ranchers like the ones impacted by Hurricane Harvey".
The damage caused by Harvey is estimated at $160 billion, a figure equal to the combined total of Katrina and Sandy.
Animal rescue groups and public officials throughout the US are working to save pets and other animals as they continue to be displaced in the wake of Harvey. According to news reports, almost half the people who needed rescue from Katrina refused to leave without their pets, while first responders would not even take service animals. "It's the right thing to do for the animals, who shouldn't drown or die from abandonment, thirst, or hunger". "We hope the distribution of food to pets in need will help during these devastating times".
The organization is asking for the community's help in caring for the animals.
Items can be dropped off at the shelter from noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and from noon until 4 p.m. on weekends.