Animals Surviving Hurricane Harvey

@nanette64 (17612)
Fairfield, Texas
September 11, 2017 10:29am CST
A lot of animals died during Hurricane Katrina because people couldn't evacuate their pets along with themselves. So it became a federal law that when a hurricane is imminent, people can bring their animals along with them; which was evident in all the rescues during Hurricane Harvey. Literally thousands of animals were saved and even some very strange critters. A Cooper Hawk decided to hop into a taxi and didn't want to leave. The driver named the Hawk 'Harvey' (imagine that) and noticed that it's wings were injured. He took it to a shelter where it was healed and released. A Long Horn Steer named 'Sampson' was stuck in the mud up to its belly for 6 hours and was dehydrated and in shock. After several people dug him out, he was on IV's for hours but recovered. 'Penny' the Guinea Pig and 'Pip' the 3-legged dog were rescued by boat. A dog named 'Cash' jumped into a storm-chaser's jeep which was 30 miles from the dogs home. The owner of the dog was found through Facebook and reunited. Alligators (some 7 1/2 feet long) were found in peoples houses. They were retrieved and turned loose elsewhere. Thousands of animals are in shelters and owners are trying to reunite with their animals. Micro-chipping has helped in a lot of cases, so that is something to take into consideration for future situations.
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@MALUSE (40263)
• Germany
11 Sep
Not everyone may have been pleased to find an alligator in the sitting room when returning to the house.
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@nanette64 (17612)
• Fairfield, Texas
11 Sep
Yeah, no kidding @MALUSE . Can you imagine? That would freak me out. What are you suppose to do; hold the door open and hope he goes out without taking one of your legs with him?
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@MALUSE (40263)
• Germany
11 Sep
@nanette64 Living in Europe has its advantages! :-)
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@nanette64 (17612)
• Fairfield, Texas
11 Sep
@MALUSE Yeah, that's a +.
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@poehere (17700)
• French Polynesia
12 Sep
That is fantastic that people rescued these animals and took them to shelters. However, if I came home to an alligator in my living room or lying on my bed I think I would not be too happy. It is good they found shelter and were saved from the storm. I have micro chips in all my dogs because it is a law here on the islands.
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@nanette64 (17612)
• Fairfield, Texas
12 Sep
Yup, I'll share my bed with a dog or cat, but definitely not an alligator @poehere . I wish micro-chipping was mandatory here in the US.
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@poehere (17700)
• French Polynesia
13 Sep
@nanette64 Here all dogs need it or an ear tattoo. I hate the ear tattoo so I use the chip instead.
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@nanette64 (17612)
• Fairfield, Texas
13 Sep
@poehere I agree; the chip is better.
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@velvet53 (16605)
• Palisade, Colorado
11 Sep
No gators for me. It is good to know that so many people were helping to save the many different types of animals. I hope that everyone will be reunited with their pet.
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@nanette64 (17612)
• Fairfield, Texas
11 Sep
Yeah, since thousands were rescued, it might take awhile to get animals back to their families @velvet53 .
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@velvet53 (16605)
• Palisade, Colorado
11 Sep
@nanette64 It may take time but what people did to save the animals is wonderful!
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@nanette64 (17612)
• Fairfield, Texas
12 Sep
@velvet53 I think people are realizing that animals DO count.
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@nonersays (2753)
• United States
11 Sep
I was asking my husband last night, "Where do the birds go during a hurricane? What about our owls!?" We have a pair of barred owls who live in a small wooded patch behind our house. I've been and been so sad about all the animals left behind in the flood waters, and wonder how many owners willfully left them behind and how many may have tearfully left them behind. Right now my Oscar is looking at me with his puppydog eyes. He was curled up in bed with me this morning. I coudln't imagine leaving without him.
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@nanette64 (17612)
• Fairfield, Texas
11 Sep
I think a lot of birds as well as wild animals 'sense' the impending doom and try to retreat to a safe area @nonersays . I have 13 cats and 3 donkeys, so you can imagine what it would be like for me to have to evacuate them.
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@nonersays (2753)
• United States
12 Sep
@nanette64 That is a whole lotta kitties! And donkeys too!
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@nanette64 (17612)
• Fairfield, Texas
13 Sep
@nonersays Yeah, it's no wonder that my hair is white.
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@amadeo (65995)
• United States
11 Sep
Remember that big Tsunami that we had a while back? where did all the animals go?
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@nanette64 (17612)
• Fairfield, Texas
11 Sep
Hopefully to Canada @amadeo . Just kidding. I'm not sure.
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@ptrikha_2 (8286)
• India
15 Sep
@amadeo the tsunami in Indian Ocean in 2004?
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@singhisback (2174)
• Jalandhar, India
11 Sep
Yeah pets should be saved as well after all they are the part of our life.
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@nanette64 (17612)
• Fairfield, Texas
11 Sep
Exactly @singhisback and with all the days warning that people had, there was no excuse for any pets to suffer.
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@Courtlynn (66133)
• United States
11 Sep
I can't imagine finding a gator in my house.
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@nanette64 (17612)
• Fairfield, Texas
11 Sep
Talk about a surprise @Courtlynn . It's bad enough that people have to deal with sewage, mold, destroyed contents, but to see that kind of a critter? Yeowza.
@Courtlynn (66133)
• United States
11 Sep
@nanette64 yeah id freak
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@ptrikha_2 (8286)
• India
15 Sep
Yes I saw many images of animals being rescued and people taking extra care of them. Something similar, may be not at the same scale as Hurricane Harvey was also seen in the Mumbai floods. There also some pictures came out of people rescuing dogs from drowning in heavily flooded streets.
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@Kandae11 (37077)
12 Sep
Alligators in houses? - what about snakes? Sorry , but there are some animals I would be too scared of to try rescuing.
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@nanette64 (17612)
• Fairfield, Texas
13 Sep
You ain't a kiddin' @Kandae11 . Those 2 would not be my favorites that's for sure.
@Corbin5 (106508)
• United States
11 Sep
I was amazed at all the teams from animal welfare groups here in the US on the ground to save as many innocent creatures as possible.
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@nanette64 (17612)
• Fairfield, Texas
11 Sep
I know, it was fantastic @Corbin5 .
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@RasmaSandra (17605)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
11 Sep
I think that when it is known that evacuation has to be made there should also be a way for owners to pack up their pets and take them with them.
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@nanette64 (17612)
• Fairfield, Texas
11 Sep
A good pet owner would have a crate or carrier to load them up @RasmaSandra .
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@CinnamonGrl (5807)
• Paradise, California
11 Sep
It was heartbreaking to see how many motels wouldn't let peoples' pets in. I thought they could be humane enough to suspend the no pets rule for a circumstance like that. Imagine coming home and finding an alligator! I feel so sorry for the critters, though.
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@nanette64 (17612)
• Fairfield, Texas
11 Sep
And the motels were definitely not following the federal law @CinnamonGrl . So many animals wind up dying in these situations.
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@DeborahDiane (21675)
• Laguna Woods, California
12 Sep
Today I saw on the news that a woman brought her horses into her laundry room during the storm in Florida. She even put some hay down. I think that it was nice that she had a large enough laundry room to hold two horses!
@just4him (117213)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
11 Sep
I'm glad to hear the animals are being taken care of and owners are being sought. Micro-chipping is a good thing.
@DianneN (78468)
• United States
11 Sep
I was happy to see the rescued animals in Texas and Florida. No animal should suffer.