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I thought that with all the rescues and adoption efforts that will surely come from Hurricane Ike, all the abanoned/rescued pets and the livestock/wild animals affected by the storm deserved a thread of their own...

And now for my first plea:

The many dogs that have been rescued by the Montgomery County Animal Shelter (MCAS) are in dire need of help. Because there is no longer food or shelter available in which to house them, over 100 dogs will be euthanized on Saturday morning (yes, that's tomorrow morning!) unless the dogs are reclaimed, adopted or fostered tonight.

If you or anyone you know has lost a dog during Ike, please have them check at MCAS to make sure they aren't there. If you or anyone you know has room in your heart or home for a deserving dog who will be your lifelong friend and eternally grateful to you, please go to MCAS tonight and rescue one of these sweet dogs. More information can be found here:

http://houston.craigslist.org/pet/845185569.html

MCAS can be reached at 936-442-7738 and is located at 8535 State Hwy 242 in Conroe. Pictures of the dogs that will be euthanized tomorrow morning can be found here:

http://picasaweb.google.com/MCASTreasures/...econdChanceDogs#

These pups deserve a second chance and a good home. They do not deserve to be put down just because their owners were stupid or thoughtless enough to abandon them during the hurricane. I'm sure I don't have to preach to the choir about this, but these are good dogs and they deserve better treatment than this.

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Pet Safety and Wildlife Awareness after the Storm

Harris County Public Health & Environmental Services (HCPHES), Veterinary Public Health cautions residents to be safe around animals in the aftermath of Hurricane Ike.

Be careful around loose or lost pets. Frightened animals are more likely to bite if approached or handled. Do not touch unknown animals. Contact your local animal control agency for assistance.

Wildlife has also been affected by Hurricane Ike and should not be handled. Bats and skunks are still potential rabies carriers. Animal bites should also be reported to your local animal control agency. Visit www.countypets.com for a list of area agencies. Use caution when cleaning storm debris and tree limbs as snakes and fire ants can be a problem. For injured wildlife, call the Houston SPCA Hotline at 713-435-2990.

Be careful when clearing trees and tree limbs from your property. Pets like being

with us while we are outdoors and can easily be injured by damaged or falling trees. Keep pets indoors, away from chainsaws and falling limbs and trees.

HCPHES Veterinary Public Health has increased the holding periods for lost pets to allow owners time to reclaim them. Photos of the animals in our shelter are uploaded twice daily to our website, www.countypets.com , or owners can call 281-999-3191 or visit the shelter at 612 Canino Rd. Monday - Friday 1:00 PM - 5:50 PM and Saturday, 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM.

Here is a list of area Animal Control Agencies and their availability.

Baytown 281-422-7600 All services

Brazos Animal Shelter 979-775-5755 All Services

Bunker Hill 713-467-9762 All Services

Conroe 936-539-4431 Emergency & Field Services only

Fort Bend County 281-342-1512 All Services

Friendswood 281-996-3391 Field Services only

Harris County (Unincorporated) 281-999-3191 All Services

Hedwig Village 713-465-6009 All Services

Houston City Limits 713-238-9600 Shelter Services

Humble 281-446-2327 All Services

Hunters Creek 713-465-2150 Emergency Services only

Jacinto City 713-674-8424 Emergency only

Jersey Village 713-466-2129 Field Services only

Katy 281-391-4848 Field Services only

La Porte 281-471-2141 All Services

Liberty 936-336-4505 Vicious or B/C only thru SO

Pasadena 281-991-0602 All Services

Pearland 281-652-1970 Emergency Services Only - not taking animals

Rosenberg 832-595-3490 Only Priority calls - at capacity

South Houston 713-947-7700 Full - not accepting animals

Spring Valley 713-465-8308 No shelter -call PD (7)465-8323

Sugarland 281-275-2596 All Services

Tomball 281-999-3191 All Services

Taylor Lake Village 281-326-5900 Emergencies & B/C's only

West University 713-668-0330 Will accept drop offs - space limited

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Something that several friends have mentioned is the lack of birds since Ike and the amount of dead birds they keep finding. So I thought that this little anecdote would make folks feel better about our avian friends:

http://www.baldheretic.com/2008/09/16/life-in-the-aftermath

For my part, our little families of blue jays and cardinals made it through just fine. So did the gorgeous family of hawks that lives on the roof of my office building. All the little wrens and sparrows seem to be returning, too. :)

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