Pictures of Rescued Pets: How They're Coping with Harvey

Many of those animals now abandoned, lost or homeless, as major storms can be especially cruel to animals.

Hill said that although they have only received one shipment of animals so far, it has made a big difference.

Whether this is an example of animal resilience or simply a hungry pooch taking control of the situation isn't clear, Reid says, since very little research exists on resilience in companion animals.

Sam Speights tries to hold back tears while holding his dogs and surveying the damage to his home in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017, in Rockport, Texas. It will also be extremely tough on pets left behind in the chaos.

Animal rescue groups and public officials throughout the US are working to save pets and other animals as they continue to be displaced in the wake of Harvey.

Three Central Dakota Humane Society staff members will be traveling to Kansas City, Mo., this week to help pets that have been affected by Hurricane Harvey.

If the Atlanta shelter fills up, it will ship some of its animals north to states unaffected by the hurricane in order to keep providing aid to animals in need. The displaced dog jumped into his Jeep during the storm.

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Unlike Katrina, many people have been allowed to evacuate or seek rescue with their pets.

"We'll find that there are many losses after the waters recede", Jennifer Williams, president of the Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society in Texas, said Monday of the Houston flooding.

That was the heartbreaking question thousands of people living along the gulf coast of the USA have had to face over the past few days.

Houston Humane Society has been updating developments on its Facebook page since the storm began. Similar stories are being seen across the area, showing the rescue, love, and bond between eople and pets.

To make room for an anticipated influx of flood pets, Wings of Rescue, an emergency mercy flight operation, has already transported more than 100 dogs and cats from Louisiana animal shelters to San Diego, where they'll be distributed to a number of area rescue facilities and available for immediate adoption. The saddest thing to see was people who stayed behind to be with their animals and ended up dying.

This isn't the first time PETA's rescue team has come to the aid of animals put at risk by a natural disaster. "Most of the addresses were covered up with water", said O'Toole. The SPCA of Texas' Animal Rescue Center was able to take in the cats thanks to financial support from Empowered by PetSmart Charities Emergency Relief, in West Dallas.

  • Adam Floyd