Humans aren’t the only ones weathering the storm as Hurricane Harvey ravages Texas with “epic and catastrophic” flooding that has left thousands of people stranded.
Rescue efforts are also underway for pets and animals across the state, with many shelters and good Samaritans helping animals that are scared, hungry and alone.
Adam Brackman said he is trying to help rescue Cindi Simpson and her 90-year-old mother from their attic, along with Simpson’s three dogs and three cats.
“I’m sitting on top of an attic with her. I’m bonding with her pets to get them to trust me so I can get them down,” Brackman, the owner of Axelrad Beer Garden in Houston, told ABC News.
Simpson said she and her mother, who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease and is fighting cancer, have been trapped in their attic since 6 a.m. Sunday. They climbed into the attic with their pets to escape four feet of water in their house.
Brackman is an animal lover and is thrilled he’s been able to help so many people and their pets escape the floodwaters.
“Everybody has pets. They’re our fur babies,” he said. “Everyone I talked to wants to hold on to them.”
He said he’s heard from several people he rescued that the George R. Brown Convention Center now has a designated area for pets.
(1/2) Pets are welcome and will be placed with their owners in a designated area.
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Prior to meeting Simpson, Brackman helped rescue a family, including their young children and dog named Ralph, from their flooded house in Houston. In a video of the rescue, the family is helped into the boat one by one, including Ralph.
“See you later, house!” the little girl named Kate said as they pulled away in Brackman’s boat.
Once Texas begins recovering from the storm, Brackman said he wants to hold a fundraiser for hurricane victims at his beer garden.
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In this heart wrenching video, cats were rescued from a Houston-area home as citizens across Texas step in to assist emergency crews.
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Austin Pets Alive, an animal shelter and no-kill pet advocacy group, said it has transported hundreds of pets in the path of Hurricane Harvey to its shelter. The group has created a page on its website specific to Hurricane Harvey-related needs.
Austin, we can't thank this community enough for coming through for these animals during Hurricane Harvey! Because of supporters near and far, we've actually been able to cross some items completely off of our needs list! As we had transports coming in as late as 1am, we now have a list of updated needs (including funding, foster, in-kind donations, volunteers) on our website here: https://www.austinpetsalive.org/hurricane-harvey-evacuations/ This has been updated as of this morning and is the best place to answer any questions you may have!We are expecting a very busy day at the shelter today so your patience is appreciated. HUGE shout out to our APA! volunteers and staff who are going above and beyond to save all these animals this weekend. We couldn't do it without you!**UPDATE**- We have no small dogs or puppies left that need fostering. We do have 61 larger dogs who need adult-only homes with little traffic (ie, no other animals, children or really active households)- Biggest cat foster needs are for kitties with ringworm or Feline Leukemia- Top Donations we currently need include: liquid laundry soap; leashes + martingale collars (all sizes); cat litter; funding. We are quickly running out of space, so financial donations are hugely helpful in allowing us to purchase the supplies we need, as we need them! Additional items and information can be found on the website!
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“Currently, our numbers have increased to 330 animals (169 dogs, 122 cats, and 40 more confirmed pets en route.),” Austin Pets Alive wrote to ABC News. “Within the next 24 hours,those numbers are expected to increase by 50 to 110 animals, depending on how navigable some roads are. Our current projection is that we will have evacuated around 1,000 animals to Austin Pets Alive! by the end of the week.”
An image of a German shepherd mix named Otis has also been shared on social media, some calling it another symbol of Texan resiliency. In the photo, Otis walks through rainy streets carrying an entire bag of dog food with him.
“I was headed into Sinton to check damage to properties of friends and family and, as I was driving down the street, I saw people out cleaning up stuff in yards and I look over and see Otis carrying his dog food down the street,” Tiele Dockens, who took the photo, told ABC News. “I posted the photo because we live in a small town where everyone knows everyone and, sure enough, he belonged to my friend’s parents.”
His owners said he got loose from his screened-in porch during the storm, but he has now been reunited with them.
“Otis made it back to his parents with food in mouth,” Dockens said.
Source: ABC NEWS