Update on fire evacuees and Bastrop search and rescue

by austinpetsalive • Posted in: Awareness/ PR

Adoption fees are half price today, September 7th.  We are trying to pull as many pets from the animal control facilities who need homes, to make room at the animal control facilities for the strays that they are receiving from the fires.

We are NOT taking strays from the fires, only animals that were already the “property” of the animal controls before the emergency started.

Please help us out and adopt so we can continue to help out the other shelters.

Also, great news:  Today, we finally got permission to enter the Bastrop neighborhoods to look for pets trapped in houses.  Many of them have not eaten in almost 5 days.  We are going in with Animal Control, who are going into the homes, taking the pets, then handing them over to us.  We’ll then transport them to the Friends for Life Emergency Response Van for treatment.

We’re asking everyone who has a pet trapped in a house/on property in Bastrop to email us at email hidden; JavaScript is required (email is preferred) or call us at (512) 961-6433.

We’ll need: name, street address, whether the pet was inside or outside, how many, and if we have permission to access the home to get them out.

We’ve been blown away by how much the community is helping during the crisis. Thank you all so much! If you’d like to volunteer or donate, please follow us on Facebook to stay connected – the needs are changing often.

17 Responses to "Update on fire evacuees and Bastrop search and rescue"

  1. kelley bautchsays: September 8, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    My family and I are interested in adopting a dog. Can we see the dogs availabe on -line or should we come in to see the dogs from Bastrop?

  2. austinpetsalivesays: September 8, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    Great, thanks, Kelly! Normally, we’d tell you to view the dogs online, but it’s been so crazy that our data entry has been a little slow. We have a ton of great dogs right now. I recommend coming by our building, if you’re not too far away. Or you can check out any of our locations. Every day we post which dog will be at which location. But we’re so swamped that there will probably be dogs who don’t have photos or bios up just yet.

  3. Beckysays: September 8, 2011 at 10:25 pm

    Can you use any donations of medications? I have some Iverhart Plus that I purchased the day before the fire, but all my dogs died in the fire so I no longer need it.

  4. austinpetsalivesays: September 8, 2011 at 10:40 pm

    Oh no, Becky, I am so incredibly sorry to hear this. Yes, we can use Iverhart, but please don’t go out of your way. Just take care of yourself.

  5. dancingdeersays: September 8, 2011 at 11:21 pm

    re: kelley wanting to adopt a dog.

    I sincerely hope you are not adopting dogs from the Bastop fire out! I hope you are giving them plenty of time to be reunited with their owners.

  6. Charlottesays: September 9, 2011 at 12:19 am

    Hello there! I was just wondering how to meet with a dog that is in foster care? I click on the “foster care” tab with no success and would love to meet one of the dogs. Thank you for all that you have done in saving the lives of these animals.

    Becky, I am so very sorry for your loss, and I pray the Lord blankets your heart with comfort and peace.

  7. Celysays: September 9, 2011 at 12:53 am

    I’m truly sorry to hear about your pets Becky. My heart is with you, it kills me to think about how many animals died in this tragedy and how many families lost their companions.

  8. austinpetsalivesays: September 9, 2011 at 8:51 am

    We are NOT, I repeat, we are NOT taking in pets from the fires. We are doing 2 things:
    1. Taking in pets from the surrounding animal control shelters that were already their “property” when this started, so that they’ll have room to take in the strays and hold them long enough for their people to find them.
    2. We are working with people in Bastrop who have pets trapped on their property and are working with the Sheriff’s department and Austin and Bastrop animal controls to get in past the evacuation lines and rescue the pets and give them to their owners.

  9. austinpetsalivesays: September 9, 2011 at 8:52 am

    Just email email hidden; JavaScript is required to get in touch with a dog in foster. They’ll hook you up with the foster home.

  10. Joan Shawsays: September 9, 2011 at 9:33 am

    Are there any places to go that would have heart worm medication I have 5 dogs that will be soon due for theirs and was not able to get it when we were evacuated. God bless you for all your good work and love and caring. I also have animals left behind in Circle D. But have already reported it .
    Joan Shaw

  11. Margosays: September 9, 2011 at 9:48 am

    My daughter and I are looking for a way to help in Bastrop on Saturday. She is a kennel tech at an Austin area vet office. She assist the vet in administrating meds and minor procedures. We have also volunteered at Townlake and fostered. We are willing to help walk animals, clean kennels, anything needed. Any suggestions on where we can be most useful?

  12. Shanda Davissays: September 9, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    Hello i am wondering if yall will be traveling outside of your immediate area to do adoption events because i would love to adopt a puppy but i live about 2 hours away in the bryan college station area

  13. Biasays: September 9, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    Are you in need for volunteers to rescue pets trapped in homes?
    I am in north Texas but would make the drive to help over the weekend.

  14. Shandasays: September 9, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    Hello i am wondering if yall will be traveling outside of yalls immediate area to do adoption events because i would love to adopt a puppy for my family but i live about 2 hours away in the bryan college station area

  15. Jennifersays: September 9, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    Do you happen to have any photos of the dogs that were found in or around the Bastrop fires? A friend of mine was out of the country when the fires started & his house is gone but he doesn’t know the status of his pets. Was hoping to look through pics & see if I spotted them.

  16. darby griffithssays: September 9, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    I am able to foster a rescue dog if needed. I live in an apartment and have not had a dog for the last 4 months. not ready to adopt again just yet, but I would love to help someone out who has lost their home. I can watch their pet while they get their lives together so they have one less thing to deal with. I am unemployed, so the dog would get plenty of attention.

    Older dog would great here for a while. Don’t think I can afford to house any destructive puppy types.

  17. [email protected]says: September 11, 2011 at 1:09 am

    Be sure to leave information when you rescue an animal, so the person returning can contact you. If the animal is near a burned house, try and leave a notice in plastic in a prominent location describing the animal & ID number with your contact info. If you enter a home, look for mail so you can get the name and address of the owner and try and find them in the evacuee system.

    I can help with tracking evacuees. I did this after Katrina and am quite expert at it. I can track with any name or address or tag/chip data and am happy to help.