By Grace Vasquez

We all can relate to what Houston is going through from the devastating floods after hurricane Harvey. Meteorologist say rain will continue possibly through Thursday. This amount of rain was not expected and Houston was not required to evacuate. Thousands have been stranded and rescue missions continue to happen now.

The Red Cross has been helping by setting up shelters and providing aide to those in need.

Here is how you can help now:

1. People can donate at or Text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation
2. People can volunteer at
3. If people need assistance they can call the Red Cross at 866-526-8300, or they can go to
4. If anyone needs assistance in help finding a family member they can visit
5. And if people need a list of open shelters in the Houston area they can visit
6. And finally people can download our Red Cross preparedness apps at for IPhone and Android phones.

These shelters will be open 24 hours a day and VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED! Volunteers are greatly needed to staff shelters as well as distribute food and provide other services to those in need. Training will be provided on site. Anyone interested in assisting this way is encouraged to go to or call 713.313.5491.

RESCUE PETS is doing their part to help rescue pets that have been left behind due to shelters not accepting pets. (Don’t get me started on that topic!)

Austin Pets Alive! took in more than 230 animal evacuees by Saturday and they are at capacity. As a result, Austin Pets Alive! is asking for fosters for dogs and cats to help make room in shelters for additional animals. As of Saturday evening, Austin Pets Alive! still has 61 dogs that need foster homes.

The shelter also has an urgent need for large crates, cat litter, litter boxes and wet food for dogs and cats.

Austin Pets Alive! has the all the details on their website.

Please help if possible in any way and keep Houston in your prayers. ~grace

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