Austin Pets Alive! | Rising the Household after Hurricane Harvey

Sep 24, 2021

When Hurricane Harvey devastated a lot of Texas and Louisiana in 2017, the APA! neighborhood leaped into motion with the purpose of evacuating and saving as many lives as doable.

Due to the superb help that we obtained from donors, fosters, volunteers, and the APA! neighborhood each close to and much – you! – we had been in a position to transport over 5,000 animals to security, rise up three momentary shelters, gratefully settle for truckloads of donations, and document almost 30,000 volunteer hours.

However the influence of Harvey didn’t finish in 2017. It solely simply started for the 1000’s of adopters that added new additions to their households. This included Patrick and Lauren. Only in the near past engaged, the couple took the chance to develop their household whereas serving to pets in want.

“It was my birthday,” mentioned Lauren. “He [Patrick] has this behavior of sending me footage with no explanations after which I’ve to guess why he’s sending it to me. On my birthday he despatched me an image of a canine in a crate and it obtained me actually excited. I believed he had gotten me a canine for my birthday. After I discovered he was simply sending an image of a cute canine, I obtained actually upset.”

However when Lauren talked about that APA! was rescuing 1000’s of cats and canine from Houston and surrounding areas previous to and following Hurricane Harvey, the following day Patrick snuck out of the home and headed to APA!.

That’s when Patrick first laid eyes on Wren.

“I’m afraid she could have been in a hoarding scenario or with somebody who was making an attempt to show her right into a looking canine…going by means of that course of and perhaps she didn’t take. Perhaps they noticed the hurricane as a chance to ditch her,” Patrick mentioned.

For Patrick and Lauren, saving Wren was additionally about beginning a household.

“I really like Wrennie,” mentioned Joey, Patrick and Lauren’s two-year-old daughter, with a hiccup. Joey gave Wren that title as quickly as she might speak. They have been greatest mates for the reason that begin.

“It has been fascinating as a result of after we first adopted Wren, she was our solely household,” mentioned Patrick. “She was all of our consideration and spare time. It’s been actually fascinating to see the household develop round her, see the dynamics change and see how she’s tailored and adjusted to not being the boss of all the pieces, regardless that she nonetheless thinks she is. She’s at all times been very maternal. She’s been good with children.”

From being stranded among the many floodwater from Harvey to a loving house full with a younger good friend to play with, Wren is simply one of many 1000’s of lives which were saved by on a regular basis folks seeking to make a distinction.

“I understood the necessity to undertake as a result of there are such a lot of canine on the market that want rehoming. I don’t assume I’d ever do something in a different way now,” Lauren mentioned.

“I at all times thought that if I obtained a canine, I’d get a shelter canine. I don’t like the thought of spending a whole lot or 1000’s of {dollars} on one thing that comes from a pet mill or breeding facility,” mentioned Patrick. “When Harvey got here alongside it felt good to attempt to assist a trigger. I’d do it once more.”

Patrick & Lauren: we’ll be right here, ready for when y’all are able to undertake yet again. Adopters like Patrick and Lauren are simply among the individuals who have made our #NoKillDecade doable. You’ll be able to be a part of the No Kill motion by making a present at present to make sure one other 10 years of lifesaving. Due to an nameless board member, all items shall be DOUBLED, up to $10K!

Wish to share your expertise with Hurricane Harvey? No matter your APA! story is, we wish to hear it. Work together with all of our social posts this week to inform us your story utilizing #NoKillDecade.

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