BrightSide Animal Center was expecting to receive 10 to 15 of these Texas animals this week, but today was notified that won’t happen. BrightSide has informed the Humane Society of the United States that our shelter can accept animals displaced by Hurricane Irma, if needed. That storm is expected to make landfall in the U.S. this weekend.
While BrightSide normally serves Central Oregon, primarily Deschutes County, “we are glad to be able to take in these animals to do what we can to help,” said Patricia Bowling, shelter manager at BrightSide.
How you can help
The following local organizations with feet on the ground in Texas are providing direct aid to the people and animals who are victims of Harvey. These are organizations rated highly by Charity Navigator, which assesses the effectiveness of nonprofits:
- Houston Food Bank
- Food Bank of Corpus Christi
- Houston SPCA
- Houston Humane Society
- San Antonio Humane Society
In addition, a new web site, www.fosterahurricanepet.org, launched Sept. 6, sponsored by Adaopt-A-Pet.com, the Petco Foundation, and others. It enables pet owners in the path of Irma, and those affected by Harvey, to connect with people who would be able to foster a pet temporarily, for a period from one week to one month.