Animals Surviving Hurricane Harvey
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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• French Polynesia
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.
• United States
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.
• Fairfield, Texas
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.
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.
• Paradise, California
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.