Hurricanes Harvey and Irma have caused much devastation in recent days. Some of the most helpless victims of these storms are pets. This is because when people are displaced, so are their furry friends. Many pets risk being abandoned, or worse. You can help.
Adopt-a-Pet.com, North America’s largest non-profit pet adoption website, has been urging those effected by hurricanes, and in need of a temporary home for their pets, to leverage “Foster a Hurricane Pet” (FosteraHurricanePet.org).
Foster a Hurricane Pet is the first peer-to-peer platform that allows pet owners anticipating the need to evacuate their homes due to hurricanes to quickly and easily post their pets and be connected with local foster families to care for them temporarily until the crisis has passed.
The people and pets of Texas are still recovering from the devastation of Hurricane Harvey and now the most powerful storm on record in the Atlantic is barreling toward Florida.
Authorities anticipate hundreds of thousands of people and their family pets in Florida and beyond may be displaced by Hurricane Irma.
“Foster a Hurricane Pet will give evacuees the ability, both before and after the storm, to directly connect with other pet lovers in their community who can care for their pet. The peace of mind of knowing a much-loved pet is well-cared for and will return home safely is so important to the emotional recovery from such a crisis,” said Dr. Pia Salk, spokesperson for Adopt-a-Pet.com and psychologist with expertise on the human-animal bond.
Supported by the Petco Foundation, Adopt-a-Pet.com developed Foster a Hurricane Pet with the goal to ensure beloved companion animals remain part of the families that cherish them and reserve the space in animal shelters for pets who need permanent adoption.
To learn more about Foster a Hurricane Pet, visit www.fosterahurricanepet.org.