Macon-Bibb Animal Welfare collecting for Harvey-displaced pets

Crate donations for Hurricane Harvey pets

The U.S. Coast Guard says it has rescued at least 3,000 people from Hurricane Harvey's floodwaters Thursday and Friday, and many of those folks had to leave members of their family behind -- the ones with four legs and a tail.

But there is a way you can help displaced pets in the aftermath of the monster hurricane.

Tracey Belew is the interim shelter director at Macon-Bibb Animal Welfare.

"Those pets are displaced and those humans are displaced," she said.

This shelter alone racks up a big food bill.

"Roughly 500 pounds of food a week, and that's just dog food," Tracey calculated.

Belew says food for thought is pets and stray animals alike are suffering in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.

So they're collecting donations that will eventually wind up at the Houston SPCA.

Cat litter, litter boxes, food bowls, water bowls," she rattled off.

All of those things are important, but the crates are key.  It's the plastic and metal boxes that will make a big difference in organizations trying to house countless animals.

"And you don't know what a huge relief it would be to a little child after they've lost everything to be able to be reunited with their animals, Tracey said.  This allows the rescues down there to house the animals in these crates and carriers until they hopefully can be reunited with their families."

A bit of hope for humans and four-legged family members looking for each other.

The Macon-Bibb Shelter is located at 4214 Fulton Mill Rd in Lizella.

Once again, they will accept donations until next Thursday.

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