Help Throughout The Hurricane – How Those Affected By Hurricanes Harvey and Irma Have Worked To Protect The Animals Caught Up In The Storm

Help Throughout The Hurricane – How Those Affected By Hurricanes Harvey and Irma Have Worked To Protect The Animals Caught Up In The Storm

Posted by Leanne Sturrock on 20th Sep 2017

As Hurricanes Harvey and Irma ravage Caribbean islands and states across America, thousands of people have been left without food, shelter, or any certain sense of security. Countless individuals have fled their homes, with few of them able to return as the storms rage on. But through this unfathomable tragedy, compassion has continued to shine through.

In the wake of such devastation, it has been staggering to witness the incredible ways in which those affected have pulled together to protect one another, as well as the animals caught up in the chaos. A viral video captures the moment a dog is rescued from the roof of a car, cowering as the flood waters rise around him; a New Orleans shelter takes in (and helps to rehome) over 100 cats and dogs affected by Harvey; and a menagerie of critters have been rescued from Irma’s path.

Much has been said about the amount of pets left behind by their owners (and understandably so – the animals you adopt into your home become family as soon as their paws get through the door), but as upset ensues, it’s important to step back and applaud those risking their own safety to care for the defenceless.

As the hurricanes continue, we extend our best wishes to those affected – both humans and animals alike. If you would like to assist in fundraising efforts for victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, follow our guide to finding reputable organisations (below):

Do your own research before giving to any organisation – sadly, there are individuals who will take advantage of your better nature, attempting to trick kindly members of the public into giving money to a phony group. Be vigilant and thoroughly research all organisations.

Look for groups with strong ties to the communities affected – sometimes, this can be the best thing to do. Making the choice to donate at all is still a wonderful thing, but groups with existing ties to the affected areas will have more insight, encouraging you to help in areas that may be overlooked by the mass media.

It’s not just money that’s needed – clothes, nappies/diapers, food etc are all valuable in times like these, as are volunteer efforts. Seek organisations that work in these areas and, if you’re close enough to the affected areas, consider helping out in shelters.

Of course, animal shelters are also desperate for help, too – whether providing enough food for the animals found, or trying to reunite pets with their families, donations will go a long way towards assisting!

Remember: you have a right to know exactly where your donations are going, and how they’re being distributed – If these points are unclear, or if the organisation is reluctant to share this information with you, consider a different group. Again, it is a wonderful thing to want to help, but diligence is still vital.

Don’t have anything to give? Keep spreading the word on social media – tell your friends and family about the organisations you love, and help to praise the profile of worthy causes!

(Image courtesy of John Glaser/CSM/REX/Shutterstock
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