Houston SPCA Stands Ready

Disaster Response

The Houston SPCA is the leading nonprofit agency for animal-related disaster rescue, relief and resources in the region. Our reach is wide, as we are often called to step in when hurricanes, fires and storms ravage the region, state, and most recently, The Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian.

Houston SPCA Disaster Response

The Houston SPCA is the lead nonprofit agency for animal-related disaster rescue, relief and resources in the Gulf Coast region. Our reach is wide, as we are often called to step in when hurricanes, fires and storms ravage the region and state. We have lent our assistance, equipment and shelter in such emergencies including Hurricanes Harvey, Katrina, Rita and Ike; the Gulf Oil spill of 2010, moving animals from packed Louisiana shelters to the Houston SPCA; and the Tri-County Wildfires of 2011, where our rescue teams went behind the fire lines to rescue pets and farm animals.  We distributed over 120 tons of pet food, crates, bedding and other supplies to our community; took in more than 2300 dogs and cats, and 80 horses; and reunited 300 pets with their families in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.

Most recently, we were called to help provide relief to animals in some of the hardest hit areas of The Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian’s destruction.

The Houston SPCA’s Wildlife Center of Texas, is the “go-to” organization when natural or man-made catastrophes impact the environment and animals. One of their most active programs is the Oiled Wildlife Response program, which treats animals that have been affected by oil spills and has responded to more than 60 spills to date. They also train oil spill response volunteer teams through hands-on workshops. Members of the Oiled Wildlife Response team are Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) certified and Incident Command System (ICS) trained to provide superior care to oil-contaminated wildlife.

View and download our Disaster Preparedness Flyer (available in English and Spanish) to make sure you and your pets are ready if an emergency strikes.

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Our reach is wide when it comes to disaster response, as we assisted with relief efforts in The Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian.