Galveston Gaffaw

September 22, 2008

As I have mentioned I work with a group called, “Stealth Volunteers” which helps reunite animal and owners separated in natural disasters.  Right now, we have a big, big problem but unfortunately, it’s not the first time we have seen this happen.

Here’s the deal.  Any animal rescued from Galveston Island will be held for 10 days.  If the animal is not claimed, the animal will then be posted to the Houston SPCA website for adoption.

What’s the problem, you ask?  Well, this policy has not been publicized and the people of Galveston have not been allowed consistent re-entry to the area to ascertain whether their animal is missing.  Essentially, it boils down to this.  You were evacuating and couldn’t take your dog with you and you called someone to rescue your dog from your house or apartment.  Now you have no idea that in a couple of days, your dog is up for adoption.  That’s not fair and it’s exactly what happened in New Orleans that prompted officials this time to let people evacuate with their animals.

If you know anyone who evacuated from that area and turned their animals over to Houston SPCA, please make them aware of this policy.  You can read more about it at:

Houston SPCA 

The Houston SPCA has taken in many lost and abandoned animals from Galveston and is now staffing an Animal Disaster Hotline.  If you need an animal rescued in Galveston, call (713) 435-2990 or (877) 661-0161 from 10 am- 6 pm

Unclaimed animals will be put up for adoption after ten days.


One Response to “Galveston Gaffaw”

  1. KB Says:

    I would think it would be more helpful to post a pic of each animal on a website that says something like, “Animals rescued during evacuation.”


    I couldn’t imagine having to leave my little kitties during an evacuation and then worrying if I’d ever find them again.

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