Save the Lives of Shelter Pets in North America

May 6, 2013

Helping Pets After an Explosion in Central Texas

Dogs found roaming the evacuated zone
Dogs found roaming the evacuated zone

The Petfinder Foundation has given a $5,000 disaster grant to the Humane Society of Central Texas to help it cope with the influx of pets separated from their owners after the deadly explosion at a fertilizer plant leveled a five-block area of West, TX.

Executive director Don Bland told, “A lot of animals get out because they’re startled, they’re scared. … We had not only an explosion but a thunderstorm [on Wednesday night], so there might be a lot of lost pets still wondering around that are scared and skittish.”

Animal control officers have been going into the affected area and transporting pets back to the shelter, where they can be reunited with their owners (pet parents searching for lost pets are urged to visit The Humane Society of Central Texas is also accepting pets temporarily surrendered by owners forced to evacuate their homes.

Bland told us he expected to take in 200 extra pets over the weekend. By cooperating with local rescue groups, the shelter was able to remove 69 adoptable pets to make room for pets affected by the disaster. Any pets not reclaimed by their owners will go through the shelter’s normal intake process and be placed for adoption, rescue or foster.

Thank you for your donations that have helped us save the lives of these and other pets affected by natural and man-made disasters.

A rescued three-legged dog
A rescued three-legged dog



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