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Sunday, August 27, 2017

How To Support Animal Shelters During Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas on Friday night, causing  widespread damage to cities along the coastline. Many areas are already facing flooding, while others hunker down and wait for the hurricane to pass. As is often the case in massive natural disasters, pets and stray animals often fly under the radar amid the mayhem. So, if you're wondering how to support animal shelters during Hurricane Harvey, you're tapping into a huge need.

According to BuzzFeed, during Hurricane Katrina as many as 250,000 dogs and cats were displaced during evacuations, and 150,000 pets died either during the Hurricane or in the aftermath. In response to these numbers, less than a year after Katrina the Pet Evacuation Transportation Standards (PETS) Act of 2006 was put into place. This law forces state and local governments to consider pets as part of their emergency evacuations, and also enables workers to "procure, construct, or renovate emergency shelter facilities and materials that will temporarily accommodate people with pets and service animals."

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