Lone Star service: Volunteers rush to relieve Texas pets from floods’ fury

Texans are proving they don’t leave anyone behind when the going gets tough – not even other people’s pets.

Lives have been lost, property demolished, and countless pets have been displaced throughout the destruction that took place this week from devastating floods that ravaged southern Texas.

When an Austin animal shelter put out a desperate plea on Monday via Facebook, saying it was “WAY over capacity,” Texans rallied to help.


The operators of Austin Pets Alive! alerted the community they had nowhere to put their current animals, let alone the numerous pets that were being brought there as a result of the storms.


Pictures of the shelter show much of the center under water. “This is why we need your help,” the operators wrote. “We are DESPERATE to get animals out of the center.”


It didn’t take long before a line of volunteers formed offering to help with safe refuge for animals until their families could be found.

“Austin, you are AMAZING!” the shelter wrote.


The operators said they will keep all of those concerned – and there are many – updated throughout the restoration process.


“We are so humbled by the outpouring of support we have received over the last few days. A huge THANK YOU goes out to the everyone who has donated, adopted, fostered, volunteered, and came together to care for the families and pets affected by the recent storms.”

Several volunteers posted heartwarming updates of their own:




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