These 27 Photos Show The Heart-Wrenching Efforts To Save The Animal Victims Of Hurricane Harvey
From PETA members to pet owners to incredible volunteers, many are pitching in to try and make sure no helpless animal gets left behind in the floodwaters of the hurricane's aftermath. You can see the monumental efforts here.
Wading in to carry a little one out.
Here, a man dons a pair of wading boots to carry a small dog away from its flooded home.
Carrying a heavy load.
Here, a man takes a moment to rest his large dog on the tire of an 18-wheeler in the process of getting it safely out of the flood.
Another man in yellow bravely carries a big dog.
This man carries a large rescued dog out of the waters in his arms, tether cord and all.
An officer lends a hand to furry citizens in need.
Here an officer helps two golden retrievers out of a boat and onto higher ground.
Pets are family.
Here, an elderly woman clings to her poodle as the whole family is rescued by an emergency crew.
Keeping dogs out of the water.
Many dogs enjoy swimming and playing in water. This man makes sure the dog stays out of the dangerous flood now that he has been rescued.
Small dog in a big flood.
This man carries his pet chihuahua out of the flood, wrapped in a blanket and sweater to keep him from hypothermia.
Holding her tight.
This woman holds her dog tight in one arm high above the water while carrying a trash bag of possessions in the other.
Helping the young and old.
This young man holds a husky high above the dangerous waters while standing as the sole support of an elderly woman in the turbulent waters.
This old man kept himself and his four dogs aloft above the waters on what appears to be a makeshift wooden float or a platform set on a patch of higher ground.
Man's best friend.
A man holds his dog and weeps outside the wreckage of their home.
Woman's best friend.
This woman carried her dog out of the flooding on her shoulders while wading through the waters.
A tragedy affecting the young and the old.
Here, a young man carries a soaking wet dog while supporting an older woman as they brave the flood waters together.
Side by side.
A dog follows his human as she wades through the treacherous waters in an attempt to get to safety.
Leading the way.
This dog acts as a guide through the waters, leading her family to safety and pointing them ahead.
Without territory to defend.
With no home left to defend, the beware of the dog sign is oddly out of place as this woman prepares to feed her pet.
A cat in the waters.
This cat is forced to swim for safety in the murky flood waters and is none too pleased about it.
Shelter from the storm.
This woman keeps her pet tucked safely in her jacket to protect it from the wind and the rain.
This little dog showered its rescuer in happy licks as thanks for saving its life.
Trapped in a cage.
These little dogs had to be carried out together in their kennel while a larger dog waits to be rescued in the background.
The larger dog escapes.
Finally, it is the puppies' larger friend's turn to be carried out of the flood waters.
Fording the waters with horses.
These two horses are led out of the flood and onward to safety.
Cows in search of their pasture.
This small herd of cattle managed to make it to higher ground, but without a pasture to go to, their prospects may be bleak.
One brave bunny.
This little rabbit is carefully carried over the waters by its owner.
This soaking cat finally finds a solid place to rest on the hood of a car.
Strolling through the rain.
This family of four makes its way through the flood waters, umbrellas in hand, as if simply out for a walk on a drizzly day.
Safe at last.
These dogs have finally found refuge at a makeshift animal shelter.
If you would like to help rescue animals left in crisis by the devastation of Hurricane Harvey, you can click here to make a special donation to PETA's Animal Emergency Fund. And please share this article with your friends to spread awareness of the plight of the four-legged victims of the tragedy in Texas.