AUSTIN, Texas -- Thursday’s floods in central Texas left both people and their animals homeless. The Red Cross reportedly is helping more than 500 people, while the Austin Humane Society is helping the animals there. They have opened their doors to care for animals found after the floods, as they try to reunite the animals with their owners.
Early Thursday morning, the Austin Humane Society and animal control officers set out to rescue pets displaced by the Onion Creek Floods.
Most of the displaced animals are dogs, with a few dozen cats and a few rabbits. Some of the dogs were found on rooftops (see photos). AHS reported that flood waters reached the rooftops, forcing some dogs to swim to safety.
On their Facebook page, the Austin Humane Society says this about the animals: “Their families lost everything, and we are happy to provide them the care and attention they need until they can go back home.”
AHS has cared for more than 91 animals stranded by the flood. They have been able to locate the owners for all but 10 dogs in their care.
Photos of the animals that have not been claimed are located on their Facebook page under the ‘Unclaimed Animals’ album.
AHS asks anyone that is missing a lost pet not in the album, or anyone who found and is caring for a lost pet, to email a photo and information on the animal to email@example.com.
Although AHS will be closed to the public at least through Tuesday while they work on reuniting people with their pets, they do advise that anyone missing an animal call 512-646-7387 or visit the shelter located at 124 W. Anderson Lane, Austin, Texas.
The stray animals saved from the flood will not be available for adoption until all efforts to find and reunite them with their owners have been exhausted.
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