Local groups volunteer to help people, pets impacted by Hurricane Harvey flooding

The widespread devastation in southern Texas is prompting people from our area to volunteer to help.

La Crosse’s Red Cross sent two volunteers to Texas this weekend and another will make the trip Tuesday to work at shelters. Five emergency response vehicles from across Wisconsin were also sent to aid rescue and recovery efforts in the region.

“Whenever the need arises for volunteers to be nationally deployed to another state, we are very quick to get our volunteers down there to help,” said Red Cross Disaster Program Manager Michelle Tischer.

Pets displaced by the large amounts of flooding damage in Texas are also receiving some help from the La Crosse area.

The group ‘Animal Rescuers Resources’ is providing financial support and supplies for Texas animal shelters. Shelters from around the Upper Midwest are collecting donated goods and sending them to Texas shelters in need every two weeks.

Members of ‘Animal Rescuers Resources’ will also be taking in animals from areas around Texas.

“Southern California, northern Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, those areas and pull them north and get them into homes, these are animals that have already been sitting in those shelters, just to make room to keep an displaced animals from the hurricane as close to their center point as possible,” said Fun Fur Pets Owner Eve Zellmer.

To donate or volunteer to the Red Cross:

Text HARVEY to 90999 to donate $10

Make other donations at the Red Cross website

Volunteer through the Red Cross website

Animal Rescuers Resources looking for:



Paper towels

Rubber gloves

Dog and cat food

Cat litter



Pet crates and carriers

Donate pet supplies and money to Fun Fur Pets at 1404 Green Bay St, La Crosse.