Reporters Craig Malisow and Brett Koshkin are down near Missouri City, and they've just sent word that the Houston Humane Society location at 14810 FM 521 is at quintuple its normal capacity.
The facility is in desperate need of dog food, cat food, water and kitty litter. People can drop off donations from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or give online at houstonhumane.org.
The facility has no power and is running on generators, and the generators are running out of gas. All spaying and neutering has been postponed while the workers focus on providing critical services, such as helping wounded animals.
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Oh, and they're still accepting strays. Talk about an open-door policy.
We've copied a press release from the Humane Society below.
-- Keith Plocek
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (September 16, 2008):
The Houston Humane Society Recovers from Hurricane Ike
The Houston Humane Society (HHS) is very fortunate to have sustained minimal damage as a result of Hurricane Ike. We are presently caring for nearly 500 animals, though we have no electricity and are running entirely by generators. Due to our ability to care for and house animals throughout the storm, the Houston Humane Society has taken in animals from Pasadena Animal Control, LaPorte Animal Control, and animals from several other municipalities. In addition to the organizations listed, Good Samaritans around Houston are steadily bringing in stray and lost animals. We still have room for Houston's strays, though the HHS is rapidly running through our supply of food for the animals. The HHS is in desperate need of food, towels, and water for the animals. At usual capacity, the Houston Humane Society goes through 200 pounds of dog food a day. Now, with our capacity nearly tripled and increasing rapidly, the dog food is going fast.
Additionally, our R.A.I.D.E.R. (Rescuing Animals in Danger and Education Resources) team is working with the city of Houston and Galveston to assess animal rescue and recovery needs. There is an expectation of even more animals coming into the shelter as of this effort.
Due to the number of animals in our care and expected to be in our care and our lack of electricity, the HHS has suspended all regularly scheduled spay and neuter services and adoptions until further notice. Veterinarians will be seeing clients with priority given to those animals in most need as a direct effect of the recent storm.
If you are interested in donating, please come by the Houston Humane Society at 14700 Almeda Rd., Houston, TX 77053 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The animals need you now more than ever!
About the Houston Humane Society:
The Houston Humane Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to eliminating cruelty, abuse, and the overpopulation of animals. The HHS provides a wide variety of animal welfare programs to Houston-area residents and their pets including acceptance of all animals, pet adoptions, humane education and Houston's only $30 Spay/Neuter Clinic which is open to the general public. With your help, the HHS cares for more than 47,000 animals a year.
The Houston Humane Society relies solely on donations from friends and supporters, monies earned from special events and projects and donor mail-outs. The HHS is a private organization and receives no local, state, or federal government funding from any national animal welfare group.