As Hurricane Harvey moves from Texas to Louisiana this week, it leaves behind unbelievable destruction. At this point, it holds the US record for the most rainfall ever in a tropical storm, with Texas expecting to have an entire year's worth of rain in just a week.But among the tragedy, there have been incredibly touching scenes of kindness from humankind. Not only towards their fellow humans, but also their animal companions.Cats, dogs, horses and birds all over the state have found safety with their families, neighbors and even complete strangers who were determined to leave no one behind to face the rising waters. Here are just a few of them:
1. Joe Garcia holds his German Shepherd Heidi above the water as he takes her towards a rescue boat in Spring, Texas
Source: David J. Phillip/Associated Press
2. Simba is being kept safe from the potentially harmful floodwater by his loving human, Naomi Coto
Source: Joe Raedle/Getty
3. Two intrepid cowboys lead an abandoned horse to safety through floodwaters overwhelming a ranch
18. Belinda Penn carries her "best friends", Winston and Baxter, towards her mother's apartment after their area was evacuated
Source: David J. Phillips/Associated Press
19. And finally, this calm and classy pair stay dry on a blow up lilo while they wait to be picked up by a helicopter
Source: Adrees Latif/Reuters
To help animals left homeless by this disaster, you can open up your home to families with animals, contact local rescue associations if you see an abandoned animal or even take them in yourself if you can.You can also make a donation to local shelters to help them care for their increased demand.To make a donation to the Texas SPCA and help them continue their vital work in the area,click here.
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