Stephen Chmaitelli, DVM, of Garden Oaks Veterinary Clinic
in Houston, Texas volunteered to manage veterinary operations
at the George R. Brown Convention Center.

The storm may be over, but for many veterinary hospitals hit by Hurricane Harvey, the real work is just beginning. Fortunately, several AAHA-accredited practices have stepped up to help clients and colleagues in the storm’s path get back on their feet.

Here’s how your AAHA community has contributed to the recovery effort—and how you can, too. 

  • All Pets Animal Hospital & 24-Hour Emergency Care in Katy, Texas remained open for emergencies during the storm and worked with Austin Pets Alive! as a drop-off location for supplies. 
  • Team members from Animal Medical Center Copperas Cove in Copperas Cove, Texas, traveled to Beaumont, Texas over Labor Day weekend to volunteer. 
  • The doctors and staff of Atascazoo Animal Hospital in Humble, Texas provided assistance to local shelters by accepting donations and volunteering to treat injured animals. Proceeds from bandana sales were also donated to the hospital to help with costs of care and supplies. 
  • VitalPet–Atascocita Animal Hospital in Humble, Texas created a Google Group to help coordinate foster homes for stranded pets. 
  • Bayou City Veterinary Hospital in Houston, Texas donated time and supplies to the Houston SPCA and the George R. Brown Convention Center.
  • Clients and staff members of BEEVET Animal Hospital in Austin, Texas collected and delivered donations for Austin Pets Alive! The hospital also accepted evacuees for boarding during the storm. 
  • Team members from Cinco Ranch Veterinary Hospital in Katy, Texas joined the relief efforts at the Katy Mills Mall shelter. The practice also opened its doors to volunteering veterinarians, allowing them to perform surgery at the facility. 
  • Stephen Chmaitelli, DVM, of Garden Oaks Veterinary Clinic in Houston, Texas teamed up with local organizations to manage veterinary operations at the George R. Brown Convention Center. The hospital has also provided information on how clients can volunteer and donate.
  • Houston Veterinary Hospital in Houston, Texas offered one free week of boarding to those in need. 
  • The doctors and staff of Lexington Boulevard Animal Hospital in Sugar Land, Texas took shelter at the practice during the hurricane to care for boarding pets. 
  • Loree Hebert, DVM, of Northpark Animal Hospital in Kingwood, Texas volunteered to help rescued animals brought in by boat at the KW Community Center. 
  • Spicewood Springs Animal Hospital in Austin, Texas offered kennel space, free of charge, to families who were displaced by the storm.
  • Without flood insurance, staff and clients of Stuebner Airline Champions Veterinary Hospital in Spring, Texas have come together to get the hospital back up and running with a GoFundMe account.
  • Nathaniel Lam, DVM, of VCA Family and Oahu Veterinary Specialty Center in Pearl City, Hawaii, flew to Beaumont, Texas after the storm to help with veterinary services during the recovery effort.

Looking for ways to help?

  • The desire to assist in an emergency is natural, but sometimes extra hands can hurt more than they help. If you’re looking to join the relief effort, it’s best to get involved with an organization, such as a Community Emergency Response Team (CART), to receive proper training and certification before disaster strikes.
  • If you’re already certified and have been contacted by an organization that needs specific veterinary help in Houston, you can apply for a temporary emergency license through the Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners (TBVME).
  • The American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF) also provides disaster reimbursement grants to AVMA members who provide emergency medical care and/or boarding services to affected animals.
  • Can’t be there in person, but want to support the work of these veterinary teams? Make a donation instead. When completing the donation form, be sure to use the AVMF code “Disaster Relief” to ensure funds are distributed to the correct cause.
  • Donations may also be made to the following organizations:

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