The search continues and help is still needed in Texas!

We've been keeping up-to-date on the rescues and recoveries of the pets and animals in Texas. Here's the latest:

The Montgomery County Animal Shelter in Conroe, Texas had taken in many animals rescued and temporarily housed during the storm. They put the word out that nearly 200 animals were going to be euthanized last Saturday. But thanks to many Brazos County residents no animals were put to death. Help is still needed, as more and more animals are being rescued and housed at this kill shelter. Read more from KBTX.com...

Despite the ability for evacuees to take their pets with them (through the signing of the Pets Evacuation and Transportation Standards (PETS) Act), many deserted pets are still being found and rescued by many organiztions on the ground in Texas, including Best Friends Rapid Reponse Team. Many pets and animals were left in homes, and on farms, and chained outside to fend for themselves. Read more updates from Best Friend's...

From the Houston SPCA...

The Houston SPCA has been hard at work recovering and caring for animals left behind and relinquished during Ike. The five little terrier-mix dogs had been left behind on Galveston Island by their owner. Alone and frightened they watched as the storm surge began to rush into their home. As the water continued its relentless rise, they jumped to the top of a table and that’s where Houston SPCA rescue teams found them trembling and whimpering in fear.

The high water mark was over their heads and our rescue teams knew in their hearts that these little dogs spent most of the night swimming for their lives. But they had a strong will to live and thanks to the Houston SPCA, they also have a second chance at life. Read more about their rescue efforts and how you can help...
From the HSUS...
More than 10 days after Hurricane Ike struck their vulnerable shore, the residents of Bolivar Peninsula will be allowed to return home tomorrow for the first time.

Members of The HSUS disaster response team will be on hand conducting community outreach and handing out flyers instructing pet owners what to do if they lost a pet during the storm. Read more about the Humane Society of the United States' efforts...
The Texas AgriLife Extension Service continues to raise funds and is purchasing basic items to support surviving, displaced livestock, including hay, troughs, and panels. To make a cash or credit card donation for Operation No Fences: Hurricane Ike Horse and Cattle Relief, call 979-845-2604 or go to http://agrilifevents.tamu.edu and follow the prompts.

From the Houston Chronicle...
For Operation Save a Life, the Houston SPCA is asking local residents to take in a homeless animal for 10 days, offering the comforts of home and making room for animals that are still arriving from Galveston and other devastated areas.

Shelter staffers hope the pets will be reunited with their owners. But that may not happen. So after 10 days, the volunteer family can keep the pet or bring it back for adoption. Sunday, 45 foster homes were found for evacuee pets from Galveston. Read more...
From ScienceMode...
On Monday afternoon, HSMO Disaster Response Team member Tim Rickey reported that mold is becoming a factor in the health of many of the rescued pets. They are developing respiratory problems on top of dehydration and starvation caused by mold growing in hot and humid conditions inside many of the abandoned homes. One rescued cat was found trying to keep cool in the sink of an abandoned home. It was rescued by the HSMO when its cries were heard coming from inside the home.

In another side of the animal rescue story, owners can now search an online database for their lost pets. The Disaster Response Pet Portal (click here) is a joint effort of the Houston Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Pethealth Inc. and Pets911.

The database is updated every 15 minutes as animals are rescued and lost animal reports come in. Owners who find their pets in the database can call the hotline at (713) 435-2990. Their information will then be added to the animal’s file to speed up the process of being reunited with their pet.
From NewsReporter.com...
STEPHENVILLE -- Appropriately nicknamed "Miss Doolittle" when she was just 5 years old, Birgit Sommer is taking in orphans from Hurricane Ike.

...she was then contacted by the International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council and learned that more than 900 baby squirrels had been dropped off at the nonprofit Wildlife Rehab & Education in Houston. Some of the squirrels are being sent to animal rescue centers around Texas. Read more...
From KHOU in Houston...
GALVESTON, Texas—Members of Galveston’s Humane Society returned to their offices for the first time Monday. The building on Broadway still had about two feet of water in it, but some goldfish left behind survived the storm.

More than 700 animals that the society helped rescue on the Island are being housed at a facility on 53rd Street. The Humane Society recommends residents visit http://www.pets911.com/disaster-response-pet-portal to see if their pet is at the shelter.
From the ASPCA...
The ASPCA has dispersed and pledged more than $75,000 in grant funding to organizations in Texas and Louisiana following Hurricanes Ike and Gustav, in addition to deploying a team of disaster response experts to assist both states. The grant funding covers recovery costs, as well as transportation assistance, distribution of food and supplies, and other needs. Read more about their efforts...
More from Best Friends...
All pets rescued by the Best Friends team are taken to the dress is Galveston County Health District Animal Control Shelter in Texas City. Many are then cared for by Shelter Buddies, a local rescue group that is continuing the work they did before the storm: fostering, helping with medical care, reuniting pets with their families, and finding new homes for displaced dogs and cats.

The shelter is in need of supplies such as pet food, flea treatment, de-wormer, disposable kitty litter pans and collapsible wire cages. The shelter’s address is Galveston County Animal Shelter, 3412 Loop 197 North, Texas City, TX 77590. Read more...