The Houston SPCA is the lead nonprofit agency for animal-related disaster rescue, relief and resources in the region. Our reach is wide, as we are 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. Most recently, 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.
Our subsidiary, The Wildlife Center of Texas, is the “go-to” organization when natural or man-made catastrophes impact the environment and animals. One of The Wildlife Center of Texas’s 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. The Wildlife Center of Texas also trains 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.
Download your copy of the Hurricane & Severe Weather Guide from the National Weather Service of Houston/Galveston.
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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Hurricanes, tornadoes, fires, floods and hazardous or toxic material spills are just a few of the disasters we face living along the Texas Gulf Coast. Preparing your pet for a disaster today might save his or her life tomorrow.
ID: Ensure your pet is microchipped with your updated contact information, along with a collar and tag.
Vaccinations: All pets should be current on their shots. Keep a copy of the vaccination records along with other veterinary documents sealed in a plastic bag.
Sleeping quarters: Keep your pets’ beds away from windows or shelving to protect them from shattering glass or falling objects.
Crates: Every pet should have a crate or kennel. Be sure to familiarize your pets with their crates before a disaster strikes.
Check your yard: Make sure all fencing is secure and all holes and potential escape routes are blocked.
Plan ahead: Identify boarding facilities, veterinarians, pet-friendly lodging, and friends/relatives now who may temporarily house your pets.
Use this checklist as a guide for building your own Pet Preparedness Kit for your pet(s).
- Molded plastic carrier
- Copy of rabies and vaccination records in a sealed plastic bag
- Pet first aid book and kit
- Two-week supply of pet food
- Bottled water
- One-month supply of your pet’s regular medications
- Non-spill food and water bowls
- Extra collars and leashes
- Plastic bags (for scooping poop)
- Cat litter pan and litter
- Sheets and blankets
- Manual can opener
- Newspaper/Puppy Pads
- Disinfectants and paper towels
- Grooming supplies
IF YOU EVACUATE, TAKE YOUR PETS WITH YOU!
Intervening on behalf of nearly 50,000 animals in need each year is an expensive endeavor, and your generous donation today will help further our mission. Donating to the Houston SPCA is an investment in your community because your entire donation is used locally to benefit the animals of our area.