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Thinking of friends--and pets in Harvey's wake

Posted at 8:04 PM, Aug 29, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-29 23:04:53-04

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Tucson residents with ties to Texas are anxiously looking east, while Tucsonans are looking for their own ways to help.

We've seen so many scenes of families struggling to be safe from Harvey's high waters---and seen those families absolutely include the family pet.

In Tucson an organization called Cody's Friends, with a long history of helping animals here, is gathering goods and taking them to Texas to help displaced pets there.

Amber Allen says, “We've got leashes and collars and beds and dog food, cat food.  We've got medical type things for the animals that might need medical care as far as whatever that might be."

One thing you may not consider is with an incoming storm or the aftermath when you take care of the pets you take care of the people too.  A lot of times people will not evacuate because the shelter might not be able to accommodate their pet and they're afraid of what will happen if they leave so they just stay in the home and take their chances.

Rev Hannah Bonner just moved to Tucson to lead the Wesley Foundation at UA. She moved from Houston, so she's thinking of good times with friends there, and the hard times they're in right now.

She says, “Some of them have been evacuated by boat.  Some by helicopter.  Mostly they're just holding tight and feeling really frustrated that they are trapped and they can't go and help people because people in Houston are great people and everyone wants to be chipping in and helping their neighbor."

Rev. Bonner hopes people will seek out ways to help however they can.

At Cody's Friends they feel they have found an unmet need.  They have a long drive ahead to bring that help to Houston.