Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Texas Flooding Leaves Many Pets Lost and Separated From Owners

The entire month of May here in Central Texas has been spotted with thunderstorms and bad weather. During Memorial Day Weekend, areas in Central Texas experienced flash floods, tornadoes, and thunderstorms. Many people have experienced damage to their homes and businesses, and some have even lost their lives.

Yesterday, the rain that came down all afternoon was torrential. My street in Round Rock was closed because it had turned into a river. Lightning struck nearby and my pets were stressed out. Fortunately for me, this was nothing compared to what other people are experiencing in other nearby parts of Texas.

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Due to flooding in Austin, the shelters there are experiencing an increase in lost pets being dropped off at the shelter. Since these storms began, more than 200 pets have been brought to Austin Animal Center which is already over capacity. To make matters worse, Town Lake Animal Center flooded on Memorial Day and approximately 60 dogs had to be evacuated to Austin Animal Center where they are being housed in temporary kennels.

Monday afternoon, Austin Pets Alive asked for help from temporary foster homes for the flooded Town Lake Animal Center on Facebook. A few hours later, they announced that they had received all the help they needed to get the pets to a safe place for the night.


Some of the kennels at TLAC are flooding! We NEED FOSTERS NOW! Stop by TLAC if you can safely get here and give a pup a dry place for the night.
Posted by Austin Pets Alive! on Monday, May 25, 2015


Austin Animal Center will be closed tomorrow, May 26th and possibly May 27th as well. While closed, they will not be taking any new lost or surrendered pets into their facility. They are asking that people please try to keep the pets in a safe environment for a few days. You can read more about this here.

This is an important reminder why it's important to keep identification on your pets. Having a tag, microchip, or some other form of identification on your pet will help ensure a speedy reunion and keep pets out of the shelters during a disaster like the Texas Floods.

Also, don't leave your pets outside when there are thunderstorms, flash flood warnings or tornado warnings! Pets become easily scared and could run away, or much worse become injured in these situations.

A photo posted by Ann Staub (@pawsitivelypets) on

Being prepared for emergencies is also important! Here are some resources and information about what to do with your pets in case of a flash flood -


There are a few reports of missing people during the Texas Floods this weekend, and we are hoping that they are found soon. I expect that there are many missing and lost pets right now as well. If you are missing a pet from the flood in Austin, Texas, please check Austin Animal Center's website regularly for your pet. 

21 comments:

  1. How dreadful!! My heart hurts for all those lost pets and people who are looking for them!

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  2. It's so sad that more than 200 pets were in need... I hope they all find their families back...
    easy rider

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  3. Oh my, my heart goes out to all down there. :(

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  4. Really sad for humans and pets.......we hope things settle down VERY SOON............for everyone's sake!

    Hugs, Sammy

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    1. Things are very settled today. Just hoping all the lost pets find their way back home!

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  5. I'm sorry to hear about all the flooding there! We've had a lot of rain and thunderstorms here lately, but thankfully our area hasn't flooded. I cannot even imagine the fear people with lost pets must be feeling right now. I hope that all the lost people and pets are found soon, and I hope the floods clear up as well! Please stay safe.

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    1. We've had rain everyday for 20+ days now I believe... but yesterday was just insane. I don't mind a rainstorm every now and then, but it rained like what was in the video up there for hours and hours.

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  6. Oh my goodness, how awful :(
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

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  7. That is so sad and so very scary. Our blogger pal Kiril lives in Houston and they've been having it rough too. Stay safe.

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    1. Ah yes, I know him too! There are lots of places around here that have been affected by the storms :(

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  8. this is so sad and so important to post about. Praying that the animals will be ok. Breaks my heart. Be safe

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  9. We saw it on tv, Ann. It's heartbreaking, all the poor people and animals. We wished we could help. Extra Safe Pawkisses to all of you <3

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  10. Good reminders and nice links to other pet preparation stories, thank you, and take care!

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  11. That's so sad ! We're glad those people and pets got help. We hope all pets lost are found very soon. Purrs

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  12. Thank you for posting this, Ann. This is just so scary!

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  13. guys....we bee troo lee sorree....we hope all de petz bee reunited with ther peepulz; soon az can bee; we R happee ewe guys R safe N hope ya dont get scared again...N we hope de weatherz yur way calms down.....♥♥♥

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  14. Its always the pets I worry about most when things like this happen. Hope you all stay safe. Love Dolly

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  15. So sad and scary! Hoping for the best for all the people and animals affected by this. I am happy to learn that people were able to help and get the Austin shelter animals to safety.

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  16. Frightening news but it must be shared so people can be more diligent with keeping their pets safe. My thoughts and prayers are with you Ann, your family, friends and all the residents (two and four legs) in the state of TX.

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  17. Saw in the news and so sad that many lost their home. We also some pets that were transported to shelter. Be Safe. Golden Woofs

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  18. Glad everyone at your home is safe!

    Great report and remarkable photos and video, too.

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