I write this update with – like so many of our rescue contacts and friends—one eye on the weather forecast. It is hard to comprehend the impact both Hurricanes Harvey and Irma have had (and continue to have) on the animal rescue and greater national community.
Here at Cape Ann Animal Aid, we are hundreds of miles away, but in spirit, we stand with our rescue partners in both Texas and Puerto Rico. We are in contact with the rescue groups and continue to be on standby to accommodate their needs.
From Texas, we are happy to share that a transport has been scheduled and we expect the arrival of about 20 animals from Texas early next week. (More news and photos about that coming soon!) These animals made it though the storm and we are eager to introduce them to the northeast and help them find loving homes where they will be pampered and loved beyond belief! Most of the animals will need to be spayed/neutered and all will need vet exams and vaccine boosters. If you’d like to help us provide for the animals on this transport, we are accepting donations to our Safe Harbor Fund (write Texas in the comments). If you’d prefer, you can also make a donation directly to Chances Dog Rescue and Relocation.
News from our rescue partners in Puerto Rico is that they dodged the worst of the storm, but that doesn’t mean things aren't bad. The conditions for homeless animals (who already face a very difficult life) are dire. Power has not returned to the island and our main contact at All Sato Rescue is currently caring for many animals in her house – including a hen and an orphaned chick! They face flooding in their area and supplies are dwindling. We are eager to organize transports with our rescue partners, but we expect planes to be grounded for several more days. If you’d like to help, you can make a donation to our Safe Harbor Fund (write Puerto Rico in the comments) or donate directly to our rescue partners: All Sato Rescue, Wags to Riches, or Our Big Fat Caribbean Rescue.
WHAT TO GIVE
The recurring message we hear from all of our partners is that at this time, donations of money or gift cards are most helpful. Many do not have access to storage for supplies or cannot yet assess their supply needs. Money and gift cards help with immediate needs as they arise. When this changes, we will let you know.
As Hurricane Irma approaches the Florida coast, it’s hard to know just what to say to our rescue partners, and all those facing the impending storm, to bring them comfort and peace. They are all are facing life-changing hardships and experiencing overwhelming grief, shock, and confusion. What I do know is that you, reading this right now, are a valued member of our Cape Ann Animal Aid family. I know that you will continue to stand with us in spirit and in action. Together, we send our deepest thoughts of strength and love to those that are on the front lines, working hard to save the lives of people and animals in need during this trying time.
Stay tuned for more updates and please, reach out if you have any questions.
On behalf of the entire Cape Ann Animal Aid family, our hearts and minds are with all of the people and animals impacted by Hurricane Harvey. We recently began working with a Houston-based rescue organization called Chances Dog Rescue and Relocation.
Unfortunately, the last trip we had scheduled with this group was for 25 dogs/puppies and was due to arrive late last week. They had to cancel the trip due to the impending storm and we planned to reschedule after the hurricane had passed.
As we all know, the impact of Hurricane Harvey in the Houston area has been absolutely devastating. Honestly, we were unsure of the fate of the animals we were scheduled to take in last week. Our hope was that they were safe with their foster families. On Tuesday, we received word from Tiffany and her family, the founders of Chances Dog Rescue. They were stranded on the second floor of their home with their young kids and pets. Understandably, we did not expect to hear from them again until the immediate danger had passed and their safety was secured.
Just this morning, we heard that the water has receded significantly in their area. There is so much work to be done. I am happy to share that coordination efforts are underway to bring those original 25 dogs/puppies to Cape Ann -- and more in the future. We are ready and willing to help our rescue partner in any way possible.
As our supporters and most valued friends, we know that you stand with us in these efforts. I expect to be able to share more information with you soon. In the meantime, please join us in sending prayers, good thoughts, and healing love to Texas. If you would like to make a direct donation to the rescue group we are working with you may do so here: https://www.chancesrescue.org/
We will continue to provide updates and news about our Texas rescue and support efforts here on this blog.
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