Here we go again - Hurricane Ike!

As Hurricane Ike bears down on the Texas Gulf Coast, many rescue organizations preparing for assisting the pups, pets and other animalse.

A team of disaster services staff and volunteers from The Humane Society of the United States is already on the ground in Texas with heavy equipment to assist in the evacuation of animals from the lethal path of Hurricane Ike.

The Texas Veterinary Medical Association has a webpage with information and resources for individuals with pets and livestock that need assistance. And the site includes this important information, "Persons evacuating for Hurricane Ike are advised to call 2-1-1 for the latest information on available facilities open for emergency animal sheltering for livestock and pets."

The Austin-American Statesman reports...

For those who arrive with pets, the Austin Humane Society says it will house “all pets of Hurricane Ike evacuees who are registered and are staying at the City of Austin Emergency Evacuation Shelters and will house the animals until their owners leave the Emergency Evacuation Shelters.”
The Tyler Morning Telegraph reports...
Officials have made arrangements to house evacuees' pets at local kennels and veterinary clinics. Once those reach capacity, emergency officials will open vacant city facilities to serve as a secondary location. Evacuees must bring their pets to Faulkner Park for processing into the pet shelters.
KHOU in Houston reports...
The SPCA is evacuating 75 animals from shelters in Brazoria County and moving them to Houston shelters to wait out Hurricane Ike. They have 3,000 more animal carriers ready in case more animals need to be moved.

For larger animals, the Brazos Animal Shelter and the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine are ready to receive animals arriving with evacuees from Hurricane Ike. In the large animal shelter, they can accept up to 200 horses, 80 head of cattle, and 80 small ruminants and pigs.

Pet Paradise in Houston will also serve as a pet evacuation site if there is a mandatory hurricane evacuation in the greater Houston area. They said they can board dogs and cats free of charge for up to 48 hours after the evacuation has been lifted. Read more...