They Survived the Flood—Now They Seek New Homes

Published by Alisa Mullins.

After spending a week rescuing stranded animals from flooded homes in Port Arthur, Texas, PETA’s rescue team returned to Norfolk, Virginia, today with some extra passengers: 67 dogs and cats from areas of Texas and Louisiana hit hard by Hurricane Harvey. The team traveled for nearly 24 hours straight, stopping only to feed, water, and exercise the animals, who were evacuated from regional animal shelters in order to free up space for incoming flood victims.

PETA staffer petting white dog in van

PETA and SPCA staffers getting animals out of van

The evacuated animals, who were already homeless before the storm hit, were divided up among several animal-protection groups—including PETA, the Virginia Beach SPCA (which sent a staffer to join PETA’s rescue team), the Chesapeake Humane Society, Chesapeake Animal Services, the Norfolk Animal Care and Adoption Center, the Norfolk SPCA, the Peninsula SPCA, the Heritage Humane Society, Southampton County’s Partners Among Cats and Canines, and the SPCA of Northeastern North Carolina—for foster care and adoption. But one cat, aptly named Harvey, isn’t going far—during the long journey from the disaster area, he won the heart of one of his rescuers, who has decided to adopt him.

Unloading cage of cats from van

PETA staffer snuggling small brown dog

PETA staffer petting cute brown dog with leg in cast

These cuties are currently awaiting new permanent homes at PETA’s Sam Simon Center shelter:

Sweet cream-colored dog being held by PETA staffer



Cute gray tabby kitten plays with toy



PETA staffer holding black-and-white female dog



Cute black kitten batting at top



Cute, alert brown and white male dog



If you’re interested in opening your heart and home to a four-legged hurricane refugee, drop us a line at [email protected].

You can also support all of our vital work for animals threatened by disasters like Hurricane Harvey by giving to PETA’s Animal Emergency Fund through the button below.

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind