Hurricane Harvey Resources
YOUR PET IS STRANDED
Please post a comment with this information here: http://bit.ly/BFASIndividualAssistance, as we are trying to compile these requests in one place for the teams on the ground.
Click here for a list of Texas animal welfare organizations.
We appreciate everything you are doing to help the people and animals affected by Hurricane Harvey.
LOOKING FOR A LOST PET OR YOU FOUND A PET
IN NEED OF TRANSPORTATION TO FIND YOUR LOST PET
Best Friends and Doobert are partnering to provide individuals in Houston and surrounding areas with free transportation to and from the Pet Reunion Pavilion at the NRG Arena where they can look for their lost pets. Click here.
IN NEED OF PET FRIENDLY HOUSING
If you are in need of housing with no pet restrictions, search our partner, My Pit Bull is Family's national database.
If you know of pet friendly housing not in the database, use this link to provide details so it can be added.
APPROACHING A LOST PET
This section has tips on approaching lost pets, especially during a disaster like Hurricane Harvey.
Tips for Helping a Lost Pet
Right now is a difficult time for pet owners who have displaced pets. We want to do all we can to help. One aspect of this process is how to approach lost pets, especially during a disaster like Hurricane Harvey.
How do dog and cat reactions differ?
Cats and dogs in terror mode can't think clearly. When the fight-or-flight impulse kicks in, even dogs that otherwise know their way home panic and run for miles, while cats tend to hide nearby and refuse to come out when you call.
When approaching a lost pet
- Set out food, water and/or treats to lure them out.
- For dogs, don't approach directly or call to them if they're on the run outside.
- Getting down on the ground in a non-threatening pose may work. Lie down on your back, and often the dog will come closer to investigate.
(Partial sourcing from Jim Tedford, PetSafe Shelter Advocate)
- How a cat behaves when in its normal territory will influence how it behaves when it becomes “lost” or displaced. Cat owners need a search strategy based on the specific behavior of your cat.
- The primary technique to recover a missing cat should be to obtain permission from all neighbors to enter their yards and conduct an aggressive, physical search for the missing cat (and to set baited humane traps there when necessary).
- Don’t assume “wild animal” behavior means a lost cat is automatically feral. Determine if the new “feral” is actually someone’s fearful pet cat that escaped outdoors, perhaps several days/weeks before it was found.
FOUND A MICROCHIP, BUT NO INFORMATION?
The AAHA Universal Pet Microchip Lookup Tool is an internet-based application that will identify which microchip registry should be contacted when a lost pet is scanned and a microchip number is identified.