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On August 25, Hurricane Harvey made landfall on the Texas Gulf Coast, leaving a path of devastation and life-threatening flooding in its wake that continues to cause unprecedented damage to Texas communities. According to the Associated Press, the Category 4 storm has affected some 6.8 million people, including many pet families and animal rescue organizations. 

Rescue operations are ongoing as fallout from the storm continues, but the heroes on the ground need help to save the lives of those affected, two- and four-legged alike. 

To lend a paw, Petplan pet insurance is pledging $30,000 to support animal rescue operations on the ground in Texas providing emergency assistance to pets and families. 

The $30,000 donation will be equally distributed between Best Friends Animal Society, The Humane Society of the United States and North Shore Animal League America, who will receive $10,000 each to further their efforts to save lives. But this is just the beginning; with your help, we can save thousands more and get much-needed supplies and resources to those on the ground. 

Update: Thanks to a generous donation from Petplan-protected Cleveland Browns NFL player Danny Shelton, the total donation amount has been raised to $55,000! 

Here's how you can help the relief efforts in Houston and surrounding areas:

Click here to make a gift to Best Friends’ Disaster Relief Fund

In the wake of the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey, thousands of people and animals have been displaced and need help. Best Friends Animal Society's disaster response team is working overtime to rescue stranded animals, deliver supplies to hard hit shelters, transport displaced shelter pets and support emergency sheltering efforts. Your gift brings emergency assistance to animals in the wake of disasters. Donations to this fund are used exclusively to support lifesaving work wherever and whenever a catastrophe occurs. 

Click here to give to the Humane Society Disaster Relief Fund

The Humane Society of the United States Animal Rescue Team is on the ground in Texas, helping animals impacted by Hurricane Harvey. The team deployed to Texas before Harvey hit to make room in local shelters and move animals out of harm’s way. Now, they are working with local officials on animal rescue and transport. At this moment, they are on the ground rescuing animals in Dickinson and League City, and moving animals out of San Antonio.

Click here to donate to North Shore Animal League's Disaster Relief Efforts

As Hurricane Harvey continues to wreak havoc on the people and animals of southeastern Texas and its surrounding areas, North Shore Animal League America is deploying their Emergency Rescue Team to assist Houston Humane Society with disaster relief efforts. Now more than ever, your support is needed to help bring food, supplies, and manpower to those who need help during this trying time. 

Affected by Harvey? We’re here to support you.

Our hearts are with Houston and everyone affected by Hurricane Harvey. We’re here if you need us, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Our mission is to provide peace of mind, whether you’ve got a pet health question, want help with a pet insurance claim or just need to talk. When you’re part of the pack, you’re part of our family. Petplan policyholders in the affected area can contact our Petplan Disaster Helpline at 1-800-240-1868.

Our love goes out to everyone in Texas—two- and four-legged alike.

To learn more about post-storm pet health dangers, click here

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Posted by Jodie Frank
on August 31 2017 13:52

I'm willing to take in a couple dogs so that they don't go to shelters that are most likely very overwhelmed! I cannot donate money, but I do have a home & pet food. I can give LOVE, food & a roof.

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