SPCA of Texas Provides Disaster Relief to Pets Affected by Hurricane Harvey

The SPCA of Texas put every available resource behind assisting pets and people who have evacuated the Gulf Coast to the North Texas area right here in North Texas and beyond. In the meantime, we continued to rescue, heal and find homes for the pets right here in our backyard.

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How We're Helping

Animal Transfers

Transporting shelter pets to
free up space for rescued animals

Food & Supplies

Sending food & supplies
to affected areas

Sheltering Pets

for evacuated families
brought to North Texas

Please help us provide support for animals in need, both now and in the future through ALL of our mission-driven programs and services.


Harvey Relief Updates:

  • As of February 14, 2018: After reaching out multiple times to shelters along the coast, ensuring all had needed supplies, and before some of the supplies we had on hand to distribute spoiled, the SPCA of Texas began sending the below items to the below groups, also in need:
    • One cargo container (contents only) - Cat Food & Cat Litter at 2121 Lone Star, mixed dog & cat food, 24 pallets transported on 11/15/17 to Pets & People Humane Society c/o Oklahoma Regional Food Bank Oklahoma City, OK
    • One cargo container plus part of another cargo container (contents only), mixed dog & cat food, 32 pallets transported on 11/21/17 to Pet Food Pantry of Eastern North Carolina in Greenville, NC
    • Part of a cargo container (contents only), cat food & cat litter, 16 pallets transported on 11/27/17 to Heber Springs Humane Society in Heber Springs, AR
    • One cargo container (Entire contents + container), dog food transported on 12/15/17 to Native American Humane Society c/o Leech Lake Tribal Police Cass Lake, MN 
    • One cargo container (Entire contents + container), Dog bedding, blankets, sheets and towels on 12/15/17 to Native American Humane Society c/o Leech Lake Tribal Police Bena, MN
    • Three cargo containers container (Entire contents + container), including cat/dog food, treats, litter, bowls, leashes, kennels, toys, dog bedding, blankets, sheets and towels transported on 1/23/18 to Native American Humane Society 
    • One cargo container (contents only), including food donated for general use for Harvey or SPCA of Texas to Trusted World 
    • One cargo container (Entire contents + container), including dog/cat treats, puppy pads, bowls, collars/leashes on 3/14/18 to Native American Humane Society
  • Wednesday, Nov. 1: The SPCA of Texas continues to care for 3 owned dogs of evacuees and is evaluating options for further support of pets and people in the Gulf Coast. The organization continues to care for and up for adoption pets transferred from Gulf Coast animal shelters.
  • Thursday, Sept. 28: The SPCA of Texas continues to care for 11 dogs, 2 cats, and 1 snake from the emergency animal shelter near the mega shelter downtown that was closed on Friday, September 22. From the other recreation centers that housed evacuees prior to mobilization of the mega shelter, the SPCA of Texas continues to care for an additional 16 dogs. We are in close contact with the owners of these pets to provide support while they make housing arrangements and get back on their feet. Our population of evacuatees' pets continues to dwindle as owners come to reclaim them.
  • Friday, Sept. 22: The SPCA of Texas closed the emergency animal shelter near the mega shelter downtown and moved the pets to its Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center in Dallas.
  • Friday, Sept. 8 - Sunday, Sept. 17: The SPCA of Texas continued to care for pets near the mega shelter and at the Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center. Families slowly began picking up their pets as they arranged other places to stay where they could take their pets with them. The SPCA of Texas has provided and continues to provide all needed pet supplies as these families pick up their pets so that the pets have all they need until their owners are able to purchasae further supplies. More supply tranfers are planned and more transfers of shelter pets who are not lost (again, pets who were in shelters before the hurricane hit) have taken place.
  • Thursday, Sept. 7: The SPCA of Texas' emergency animal shelter next to the mega shelter for people has now housed more than 200 pets. Just over 30 have been picked up by their owners, and hundreds more may be coming.
  • Monday, Sept. 4: Preparations are firmly underway to welcome another 300+ pets to the temporary animal shelter in the coming days.
  • Sunday, Sept. 3: The SPCA of Texas partnered with our friends at Houston SPCA and transferred 103 un-owned shelter pets, 84 cats and kittens and 19 dogs and puppies, from Houston to Dallas yesterday so that these little ones can go up for adoption in Big D. These shelter pets were up for adoption before Hurricane Harvey hit, and the transfer frees up space at Houston SPCA to make room for incoming pets in need as well as lost and displaced pets, increasing their chances of being reunited with their owners.
  • Saturday, Sept. 2: The SPCA of Texas began preparations for welcoming another 300+ pets of evacuees to its temporary animal shelter in the coming week. A crowd of volunteers expanded the temporary shelter to accommodate these pets by assembling hundreds of kennels.
  • Saturday, Sept. 2: As of Saturday Morning, the SPCA of Texas was caring for more than 70 pets of evacuees at the temporary animal shelter.
  • Friday, Sept. 1: The SPCA of Texas was caring for more than 30 pets of evacuees at the temporary animal shelter near the mega shelter in Dallas in addition to the evacuated pets already being cared for at our Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center. 
  • Friday, Sept. 1: The City of San Antonio Animal Care Services brought 32 dogs from their shelter to the SPCA of Texas Animal Rescue Center for veterinary checks so we could issue the health certificates required by law to cross state lines, and then will continue on to the Humane Society of Tulsa in Oklahoma on Saturday, September 2.
  • Thursday, Aug. 31: The City of Lewisville picked up 1,000+ pounds of pet food and supplies to take to Rockport, TX, as they were deployed via official disaster response channels to help respond to animals in need of rescue.
  • Thursday, Aug. 31: In an effort to move 97 pets, 55 dogs and 42 cats, from Houston SPCA to Atlanta Humane SocietyAustin Humane Society and SPCA of Texas teamed up to transport the animals. These shelter pets were up for adoption before Hurricane Harvey hit, and the transfer frees up space at Houston SPCA to make room for incoming pets in need as well as lost and displaced pets, increasing their chances of being reunited with their owners. The SPCA of Texas' Emergency Response Vehicle (ERV), departed from Dallas late in the afternoon on Wednesday, August 30, arriving in Austin late in the evening. The SPCA of Texas joined Austin Humane Society early this morning, and the two groups drove together to Houston SPCA. The SPCA of Texas loaded up the dogs in its ERV and the Austin Humane Society loaded up the cats in their transport vehicle, and the groups are now on the road to the Atlanta Humane Society. Once they arrive, the pets will be examined and placed up for adoption in the coming days and weeks.
  • Monday, Aug. 28: We have taken in over 65 additional pets owned by evacuees at our Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center since August 25, where pet owners are also visiting their pets.
  • Monday, Aug. 28: A large team of SPCA of Texas staff and volunteers set up a temporary animal shelter near the mega shelter in Downtown Dallas, working in conjunction with city and county disaster officials. This temporary shelter was set up in close proximity to the human shelter so that the pet owners could visit their pets. We will continue to deploy staff, volunteers and supplies to this temporary shelter to care for evacuees' pets for the forseeable future.
  • Friday, Aug. 25: We took in 123 cats from The Cattery cat shelter in Corpus Christi in advance of the storm. These cats were un-owned, and we cleared their shelter to ensure the cats' safety.

Who We Are

The SPCA of Texas is the leading animal welfare organization in North Texas. Founded in 1938, the non-profit operates two shelters, three spay/neuter clinics and an animal rescue center, all located in Dallas and Collin Counties, and maintains a team of animal cruelty investigators who respond to thousands of calls in seven North Texas counties. Moreover, the SPCA of Texas serves as an active resource center for an array of services that bring people and animals together to enrich each other’s lives. The SPCA of Texas is not affiliated with any other entity and does not receive general operating funds from the City of Dallas, State of Texas, federal government or any other national humane organization. The SPCA of Texas is dedicated to providing every animal exceptional care and a loving home.

Volunteer Opportunities

If you are interested in joining our Volunteer Program, please click here.

If you would like to assist with relief for homless animals during this time, please make a donation.

Thank you for your extended support, and a willingness to help!

Resources for Evacuees with Pets

The SPCA of Texas has put together a list of pet friendly locations for evacuees and their pets. Learn more here.

Who's Helping and How to Help Them

The SPCA of Texas has been receiving tons of requests for information on how to help as well as inquiries as to which organizations are doing what to assist with Hurricane Harvey.

We’ve compiled a brief summary on what disaster relief services each group is providing. Many organizations are working together to divide up the response tasks that each group is best suited for. All of these organizations will need your support in the coming weeks. We hope this will answer some of your questions about how to help!

***This is not an exhaustive list of all the organizations assisting with Hurricane Harvey relief efforts for animals. There are countless shelters and rescues working together during this tragedy to provide as much assistance as possible. Please do not self-deploy to the disaster zone! Check with your local animal welfare organizations to see how you can help them in the coming weeks. 

Thanks to Our Partners!

The SPCA of Texas is tremendously grateful for our partners for helping us help thousands of animals!

The Rachael Ray Foundation
PetSmart Charities
Maddie's Fund
Hill’s Pet Nutrition
VCA Animal Hospitals
MERCK Animal Health
Meadows Foundation
Animal Supply Co.
MWI Animal Health
Hollywood Feed
Lupine Collars and Leashes
Warner's Hardware
Golf Carts of Grapevine

Jason’s Deli
Lucky Dog Barkery
Raising Canes
Noah’s Bark 
ARK Naturals Product for Pets
Woerner Landscape
Hunt Consolidated
The Leslie Miller & Richard Worley Foundation
The Crown Family Foundation
Mitchell D. Phaiah Foundtion
Rooms To Go
Store Smart

Hyatt Regency Hotel
Michele and Agnese Cestone Foundation
King Foundation
AlphaGraphics at Market Center
Celebration Catering
Freedom Power Sports
Taco Cabana
Hulk Hogan
Random Acts
Heartland Vet Supply
Ceva Animal Health
SPCA of Texas Board of Directors