After Hurricane Harvey made landfall last week it wasn’t just the people scrambling to safety and away from rising flood waters — pets, farm animals, and wildlife needed help, too.
Stories and heartwarming images keep coming in of dogs gathered onto boats, horses freed from flooded paddocks, and pets reunited with their families. Good Samaritans are all about saving the furry creatures of Houston.
Save the mutts
A load of 35 shelter dogs were flown from Texas to Seattle to make room in Texas shelters for displaced pets. The rescue transfer helps families find their pets amid the flooding and keeps shelter dogs out of the flood zone.
A dog stranded on a car roof outside a Houston home was also brought to safety after a few rescue attempts.
The U.S. Coast Guard airlifted families and their pets to safety over the weekend.
Neighbors took in these dogs that had to be left behind during a rescue. The owner posted that the family reunited with them once it was safe to return.
PETA has been on a mission to rescue dogs from flooded homes and kennels.
And so many braved the waters to save dogs.
Don’t forget the kitties
Volunteers scooped up wet cats caught up and left behind in flooded homes.
This woman held on tight to her cat, Gigi, after the pair were rescued in a boat.
Rabbits, parrots, and squirrels, too
Beyond cats and dogs, other pets and wildlife were saved in the deluge.
A rabbit made it to a rescue boat after it was found floating in a flooded Houston apartment complex.
A few feathers were ruffled, but this pet parrot was spared from the historic storm.
Even hundreds of baby squirrels displaced by the storm found help at a wildlife rescue center in Austin.
Where’s Noah’s ark when you need it?