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Pets and Animals of Hurricane Harvey

There have been thousands of photos and video of people stranded and being rescued from Hurricane Harvey, but you don’t hear too much about pets and other animals who have been affected by the storm. Here are some animals that were caught up in the hurricane.

The Cattle Drive

I love it. They’re right in front of the Chicken Buffet — reminds me of the Chick-fil-A commercials, "Eat Mor Chikin."

Police near Dayton, about 40 miles northeast of Houston, guided dozens of cattle down a street to higher ground because of the nearly 50 inches of rain that’s predicted in the area. Watch as Liberty County deputies drive slowly down a street as dogs and ranchers join in the process. (Source)


Harvey the Hawk

A hawk sought shelter in a Houston man’s car as Hurricane Harvey hit.

William Bruso came back to his taxi after stopping to stock up on food and supplies, when he realized a Cooper’s hawk was sitting in the passenger seat of his car. The bird did not appear injured, but refused to leave the vehicle. 

Bruso speculated the hawk was looking for a place to “hunker down” during the storm, so he named him “Harvey the Hurricane Hawk.” Harvey rode out the storm with Bruso and his family before being transferred to the care of the TWRC Wildlife Center. (Source)


Dog Chained to a Pole in Rising Waters

In the midst of the hurricane, a dog was spotted chained up and abandoned as flood waters from Hurricane Harvey rose up around it.

Photographs taken by the show the dog tethered to a telephone pole in Victoria, Texas, where as much as 10 inches of rain have inundated the area in just 24 hours.

Photographer Ruaridh Connellan rushed across the flood water, which was fortunately not dangerously deep, and untied the dog, who wagged her tail and bounded off to safer ground. He now calls her Lucky. She’s safe, and Connellan has since been back to feed her. has been unable to trace who was living in the trailer. Connellan would be happy to step into the breach, after forming a bond with the energetic pup. “I’d love to take Lucky to live with me in New York, but I’ll have to wait and go through the proper channels.” (Source)


Dog that has it’s Priorities

The above image of a resourceful pooch carrying a bag of dog food in Sinton, Texas has been shared almost 35,000 times on social media. 

Otis, a German shepherd mix, strolled out of his home and into viral fame as Hurricane Harvey pummeled the state. He got frightened by the storm and took off from for about four hours. He returned home with the bag of dog food and plopped right back down on the porch and has become an early symbol of the spirit of the people in south Texas. (Source)


Ants need to stay above the waters, too

Floating colonies of fire ants, as many as 500,000 in one group, are banding together to stay above water in flood-wracked Houston. 

The ants flee from their underground homes when floodwaters start rising and form a loose ball. Then they can ride along the surface of the water until they reach land or another dry space to crawl onto, but be careful—they sting and can induce an allergic reaction in those who respond to their venom. 


Man catching fish in his house with bare hands

A shirtless man was captured on video catching a fish with his bare hands in his Houston home. “Why go out looking for food when the food is coming to our living room?” wrote Viviana Saldana, who posted the video to Facebook.


Courtesy of Oddee


  1. I’ve seen all these stories and so many more. What I’ve loved the most is that it looks like rescuers are also bringing out people’s pets. I remember how tragic it was during Katrina that people who’d already lost everything were forced to leave their pets behind when rescued.

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