After Hurricane Harvey completed its destructive path through the Baytown area, families slowly began to come to terms with the damage caused by the historic storm and to consider how to tackle the challenging recovery process.
For A Life to Live, an immediate priority was to save the lives of homeless cats and dogs in our community.
On Thursday, Aug. 31, our team of volunteers was hard at work at Baytown Animal Shelter. The goal: rescue all 21 available dogs and 31 cats from the shelter to make room for an anticipated flow of additional animals that would be displaced by the storm’s floodwaters.
With help from partners throughout the city, state and even Oklahoma, we did just that.
A Life to Live teamed up with City of Baytown Animal Services and MuttNation Foundation, a nonprofit organization led by singer-songwriter Miranda Lambert, to save all 52 of those animals in the shelter.
We were notified Wednesday evening that MuttNation Foundation’s rescue and transport vehicles would stop at the shelter Thursday morning to rescue the 21 dogs that were past their stray hold dates.
Our volunteers worked with Baytown Animal Services staff and Miranda’s team to leash and load up all of the dogs for transport to a veterinary clinic in Conroe for vaccinations and health exams. From there, the MuttNation crew headed back to their home base in Tishomingo, Oklahoma.
“MuttNation is an amazing organization. Miranda has a huge heart and a love for animals,” said Jay Garrett, founder and executive director of A Life to Live. “Baytown was just one of their team’s rescue locations in the Greater Houston area. They certainly made an impact by helping our shelters and the animals throughout our community.”
With the dogs taken care of, we turned our attention to the cats in the shelter. We were able to place 13 of them into temporary homes by recruiting new foster families in the community. Through collaboration with our partners, Houston Pets Alive and Austin Pets Alive!, we loaded up the other 18 cats and transported them to Houston where their teams coordinated travel to Austin.
“It was a great day. We collectively saved 52 animals and freed shelter space for Hurricane Harvey victims. We couldn’t have done it without our partners, volunteers, supporters, fosters and the pet-loving public throughout our community. We thank everyone for their life-saving support,” Jay said.
As more animals impacted by Hurricane Harvey enter the shelter, A Life to Live will continue to do all it can to rescue as many as possible. An additional 14 cats and 12 dogs that were owner surrendered or had expired stray holds were transported by our volunteers into Houston on Sept. 7. This effort also was in partnership with Houston Pets Alive and Austin Pets Alive!
Written by David Berkowitz, public relations coordinator.