Harvey Lives Here: A Dog Rescuer's Thoughts In The Storm

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Disaster. Destruction. Death. Evacuate. Catastrophe. Crisis.

These words are not foreign to those of us in the rescue community. We live it every day. Feeling helpless & hopeless much of the time.

Just got off the phone with my parents. Checking in on them. And seeing if my Dad’s company had a large truck to try & rescue some friends & their 15 dogs near League City. He said, “No, I’m sorry, we don’t. Tell them to call the fire department.”

I spent the next 10 minutes explaining to him and giving examples of how that wouldn’t do a damn thing. They are rescuing PEOPLE now & DOGS are of a much lower priority. Especially 15+ dogs in one house.

Why so many dogs? Because our hearts are big for the over 1 million homeless animals estimated to be in Houston throughout the year. So some of us have more than we should. If not us, then who??

My thoughts are definitely all over the place this morning.. The floods are not effecting me directly as of now, besides being stranded in my home with no end in sight. But I seem to stay in fight or flight mode all the time because of rescue work. So the stress, desperation, & heartache don’t really feel foreign to me. Call me crazy.

I’m thinking about how fortunate I am to be sitting at the computer, dry, & in the air conditioning with electricity & food. My dogs are ok and safe. But I’m watching my City crumble all around me. Total devastation.

I’m thinking about how Houston is in the spotlite now. And everybody wants to jump and do something to help from all over the world. That’s very nice. But, guess what? Houston’s homeless dogs (& cats!) are in crisis mode EVERY DAY IN HOUSTON. Is this the legacy we want to leave for the next generation?? Not if I can help it.

They live outdoors on chains. Used & abused for human security. They are abandoned & roam the streets. They are in need of serious medical care. They aren’t vaccinated and their health is at risk. Disease is spreading. Puppies are everywhere. We are a virtually dysfunctional street dog puppy mill over here. We didn’t make these messes, but we feel obligated to clean them up. Have you ever tried to dig a hole in the sand?

So. We need you BEFORE, DURING, & AFTER Harvey. Our shelters stay FULL. Our rescue groups CANNOT handle the load. It's a nitemare.

We see what can happen when people come together. JJ Watt just raised over $1 Million to start rebuilding Houston. He told the news that the $ was largely from $5 & $10 donations from around the world versus several big donors. We have the power. We have the energy. We just have to get on the same page.

That’s really what I wanted to say. And that’s really the story here.. At least on this page.

Volunteer. Donate. Rescue. Give. Foster. Transport. Share. Adopt. Spay. Neuter. Outreach. Educate.

robyn arouty