As we all know, Hurricane Harvey devasted the Houston area, causing tens of thousands of people to lose everything they owned. One thing that has been especially heartbreaking to us are the thousands of pets and animals who were lost or abandoned in the aftermath of the storm.
Our intention with this site was to raise money to donate food and supplies for the animal shelters that were in such need following the catastrophe. After speaking with the Houston Humane Society, they related that they are full to capacity with food and supplies due to the amazing outpouring of generosity of people from around the world. Their suggestion was that the pets of Florida had a much more immediate need and that we should consider donating to them.
After consulting with the a few of the Humane Societeis in Florida, we have decided to turn our efforts towards Irma relief, and are going to drive down this weekend, to deliver the food and supplies that we were originally bringing to Houston.
As with Houston many pets have ended up in shelters due to the storms aftermath. So many wonderful people, companies and organizations are doing what they can to help & Bailey and Charlie would like to join these efforts!
We are still planning to help in two ways:
The FIRST is by raising money with this Go Fund Me page, to buy supplies, food, bedding, toys etc. for the shelters that are housing the pets that have been displaced. Our family is driving to Florida and will be delivering them in person the week of Sept. 24th.
The SECOND is by making Therapy Dog visits (while we are in Florida) to places serving as shelters for the people still displaced as well as some local hospitals. Bailey did a similar thing after Hurricane Sandy here in NY and both the adults and children were comforted and temporarily distracted by our visits. We see firsthand the positive power that pet therapy has on the children we visit in our local hospital and we are hoping to be able to do the same for the victims of Irma. Therapy dogs have been shown to reduce stress, blood pressure and anxiety, and if there is any group of people that need that now, it's the people of Florida affected by this disaster!
Any donation you can make would be greatly appreciated! Since we will be there in person, we will make sure that 100% of your donations go directly to those places that need it most.
A 50 pound bag of kibble can cost about $25 and feed about 100 dogs for a day. If you think about how many pets are in need of just food, for what may be weeks or months, the amount of need can be staggering.
We will start to buy food and supplies the week of the 18th and continue to take donations through the end of the 29th. Whatever funds are left will be donated to the shelters in Florida housing pets displaced by the storm.
Please help Bailey and Charlie lend their paws for this very worthy cause!
Our hope is that your donation will help towards the efforts in keeping these pets safe and healthy until they can be reunited with their families or placed in new furever homes.
Keeping that in mind, we thank you SO much!
Bailey & Charlie photo credit: @bopreyphoto
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