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Austin Humane Society, Foundation partner to save pets from Texas wildfires


Hundreds of displaced pets are without homes and in need of temporary care due to the 34,000-acre wildfire in Bastrop County, TX. Although the blaze is now about 50 percent contained, more than 1,500 homes have been lost. In addition, stray dogs and cats and those in shelters remain at risk.

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Austin Humane Society staffers help transport dogs to safety (photo:AHS).

Bastrop County Animal Control’s shelter was directly in the path of the fires and was evacuated, and some area residents were evacuated so quickly that their pets were left behind — and now have been without care for nearly a week.

The Austin Humane Society (AHS) has rescued more than 100 dogs, cats, kittens and puppies from the fires, including evacuated pets from animal control, and is still working in the area to save strays and pets who were left behind.

This heroic effort is possible in part thanks to a $3,000 disaster grant from the Foundation that AHS will put toward the cost of medical care for the affected pets.

The rescue efforts continue daily. Thanks to the disaster grant, AHS will be able to continue its critical work while dealing with the influx of pets in need.

To help further in this time of disaster, donate to the Foundation Disaster Fund.

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