Another natural disaster is eating up the headlines this week: flooding in Colorado. After unprecedented rainfall, torrents of water have swept down streets and into homes and buildings, stranding both people and their pets. Raging streams have isolated livestock and put the animals in harm’s way.
The Humane Society of Boulder Valley (HSBV) had taken in over 75 evacuated pets as of Wednesday afternoon. According to a report on KUSA, they have received donations from Purina One, Colorado Pet Pantry, Petsmart and Kong. The Petfinder Foundation has rushed $3,000 to them for disaster relief. HSBV’s Facebook page says at the moment they have plenty of volunteer support and donations of supplies. Monetary donations are most helpful, it reports.
Fortunately, we learned something from the Hurricane Katrina debacle when pets and their people were separated, and in Colorado, people being airlifted out of their homes are able to take their pets with them, according to Larimer County Humane Society’s Facebook page.
Longmont Humane Society reports they have taken in over 170 dogs, cats, rats, snakes, lizards, geese, and more on behalf of flood evacuees since September 12, according to their website. They too are not asking for supplies, but request monetary donations. Weld County Humane Society is asking for supplies on its website.
Animal welfare agencies’ Facebook and home pages and are good sources for up-to-date information on the aftermath of this disaster. You can also find the names of smaller animal welfare organizations in the affected areas by searching of specific towns or cities on Petfinder. Keep in mind, however, that some of these small organizations may be in crisis and may be unable to respond to inquiries.
The Petfinder outreach staff is reaching out to all Petfinder members, large and small, in the affected counties to ascertain their needs and relaying those to the Petfinder Foundation, which has disaster relief monies. Some have reported taking in animals temporarily if their parents were unable to keep them at their evacuation site.
The human toll of natural disasters is staggering, but we appreciate your response to the other victims who cannnot fathom what has befallen them — the pets.