How to Help Animal Shelters and Rescues Affected by Texas Floods

AUGUST 2017 UPDATE: Here’s how to help animal shelters and rescues affected by Hurricane Harvey.

JUNE 3, 2016 UPDATE: Exactly one year later, Texas is again being pounded by record-breaking rain. Here’s information about how to help more animal shelters and rescues.

Austin Pets Alive flooded shelter

Texas, as you know, has been deluged with rain over the past couple of weeks, resulting in devastating flooding.

Animal shelters and rescues throughout the state are being overwhelmed by the influx of homeless pets. The following are just a few that need our help so they can continue helping these four-legged flood victims.

Dallas DogRRR

Back in March, Dallas DogRRR–Rescue.Rehab.Reform. made news headlines twice: for rescuing a puppy daddy who led volunteers to his puppy mama and their litter; and, just two weeks later, for rescuing “Pitty and Kitty,” a starving Pit Bull and the abandoned 2-day-old kitten she was nursing.

Now, after severe weather hit the area, Dallas DogRRR really needs our help.

“Boarding, vet bills and supporting the fosters are costing us thousands, and especially with the recent flooding and weather here in Texas, we’re struggling keeping up our donations to support those efforts,” said volunteer Jennifer Garrison.

You can make a donation to Dallas DogRRR through their Crowdwise donation site.

Ellie and Lily from Dallas DogRRR

Dallas DogRRR also needs to find forever homes for homeless dogs like best friends Ellie and Lily. Ellie is a young Black Lab who thinks she’s a lap dog. She gets along well with other dogs, cats and kids. Lily is a Chocolate Lab mix who has a big personality and, like Ellie, also gets along well with other dogs, cats and older kids. For more information, email

The rescue will be holding two dog adoption events this month at these Texas locations:

  • June 6 – Hollywood Feed, 2170 FM 423, Little Elm; 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • June 27 – Alamo Drafthouse, 100 S. Central Expressway, Richardson; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Austin Pets Alive!

When local animal lovers found out the Austin Pets Alive! shelter had been flooded over Memorial Day weekend (that’s the shelter in the photo at the top of this post), they lined up in the rain to do what they could to help. Many of them fostered the displaced pets, while many others helped clean up the mess at the shelter.

line to help Austin Pets Alive after flood

Thanks to these awesome people, as well as a grant from the Petco Foundation, APA! was able to save 340 animals.

To make a donation to help APA! help more animals, click here. The rescue will also be holding several fundraising events this month. Check its website for the dates and locations.

Maybe the city’s famous slogan “Keep Austin Weird” should be changed to “Keep Austin Weird — and Compassionate!”

Houston SPCA

“Due to the severe weather, there have been a lot of stray animals caught in precarious situations,” Lisa Rotter, community outreach manager for the Houston SPCA, told ABC News last week, after a tornado swept through part of the city.

Volunteers supplied loving care, food and water to four-legged survivors staying in an American Red Cross evacuation center, while other volunteers worked at the Houston SPCA shelter.

Houston SPCA after tornado

“Dedicated staff and volunteers made their way to the Houston SPCA despite flooding and road closures to ensure that the animals are cared for and safe,” the Houston SPCA wrote on its Facebook page May 26.

To make a donation to the Houston SPCA, click here.

Photos: Austin Pets Alive! Facebook page; courtesy of Dallas DogRRR; Houston SPCA Facebook page

Laura Goldman

I am a freelance writer and lifelong dog lover. For five years, I was a staff writer for i Love Dogs. When that site shut down, I started this blog...because I STILL Love Dogs!