Hurricane Harvey made landfall on August 25th near Rockport, Texas as a Category 4 hurricane with wind speeds up to 130 mph. Governor Gregg Abbott of Texas has given an early estimate of up to $180 billion as being its total cost.
All of us want to help. If you are looking for ways to give, here is a link which gives vetted charities which will take your monetary donations: https://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=content.view&cpid=5239
Some of us choose to help in other ways. If you are interested in going to Texas and helping out, please register with community and faith-based organizations working in the field. This website can help you connect: https://www.nvoad.org/
Juli, our founder, has found a unique way to help, connecting lost pets to their owners. She is volunteering with www.microchiphelp.com We all know that micro-chips help. I had my cat Ella returned to me after she had been missing for 11 months. What a way for S&G to help! Find your niche. Give where you can. Do what you can.
This article put together with help from: The Weather Channel, The Independent, and websites linked to in the article.
Update (a note from Juli Claussen):
Even though that weather disaster has long passed, there are always pets in shelters who are in need.
I work with my local shelters, offering my services to track down the owners of pets who show up lost and are microchipped. I wish I could do more. I did adopt one of the Houston hurricane puppies brought to St Francis Animal Rescue in Carbondale, IL with her mother and litter mates at only 2 days old. Sammie is now a beloved member of our family. Here she is then and now.
I believe one of the best actions that people can take to help animals is to microchip their own pets. Please check out this useful and detailed guide citing 5 reasons you should microchip your pet, listed on the site Your Dog Advisor: