Hurricane Harvey already looks to become one of the worst disasters in American history, and human lives make up only a fraction of those affected by the storm and historic rainfall. Animals saved in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey never stood a chance on their own, and deserve as much attention as any life affected by this awful tragedy. As evidenced by before-and-after rescue dog pictures, any species appreciates and benefits from a bit of compassion, and the victims of Harvey, human or otherwise, warrant yours. Since many of these poor critters got left behind by their families, which actually constitutes a crime, they will likely continue to face adversity even long after this tragedy subsides.
The Hurricane Harvey animal rescues below highlight the remarkable rescue efforts and risks being undertaken in areas ravaged by hurricane damage and high floodwater. Organisms of various types, from birds to bats to an armadillo, all benefited from the good grace of the brave souls out doing their best to save lives. Animal rescues, like animal prosthetics, may not be something you think about every day, but when you do, it does put a little warmth in your heart.
This Dog Clinging To A Railing Before She Was Saved
This poor, scared canine held onto a bayou railing as flood waters became too high for her to navigate. A good Samaritan saw the struggling pup and came out to lend a helping hand. In a now-viral Facebook post, Alex Delarosa scoops the dog from her perch, bringing her to safety.
This Armadillo Taken To Higher Ground
Armadillos are best suited for defense, not breast stroke. A PETA volunteer patrolled an area hit by Hurricane Harvey when he found this little guy needing some help. He scooped the little armadillo into a carrying crate and let him loose on higher ground.
This Teenager Lassoed A Horse And Guides It To Safety
A teen and his father took to the tough flood waters on horseback to rescue livestock trapped inside enclosures. In a now viral video, 17-year-old Rowdy Chance lassoes a panicked horse and guides him to safety. Save a horse, ride the wheels of fame.
This Hawk Was Saved By A Taxi DriverVideo: YouTube
Raging winds make it almost impossible for birds to outrun a hurricane like Harvey. Many of them (including giant birds of prey) seek shelter in the most unlikely places. Harvey the Hawk flew into cab driver William Bruso's taxi to take shelter from the hurricane. After the hawk refused to leave his cab, Bruso took the bird into his home and fed it chicken hearts. The happy hawk was placed with a licensed rehabilitator.