So public entities, like local governments, can be reimbursed for services they provide for pets in a disaster (for example, a pet-friendly shelter or emergency veterinary care).
For those not looking to temporarily and permanently adopt a dog, it's also possible to give back through donations.
These dogs were homeless before Hurricane Harvey flooded the Houston area, where pet shelters are scrambling to make room for pets who have been separated from their people by the floods. Caring for displaced pets until they are reunited with their families or permanently placed in new homes is a great help to overburdened shelters during this hard time.
Staff members from Helen Woodward Animal Center in Rancho Santa Fe returned to the center September 5 with 65 dogs and cats of all ages, who were rescued by Operation Pets Alive! and other Houston shelters to make room for animals that were displaced as a result of Hurricane Harvey. Some are under a rabies quarantine, and others entered the facility too recently as strays, not giving their owners sufficient time to claim them. These pets are not direct victims of Hurricane Harvey.
Archer said the biggest challenge will be heartworm, as some cats and dogs in shelters in southern states test positive for the potentially fatal disease.
Two cats and a dog have been adopted since the fees were waived, according to Bowling.
Almost 70 dogs indirectly displaced by the devastating floods in Texas have arrived in the Pittsburgh area looking for loving families.
HAWS officials said they've received an overwhelming number of applicants for foster caregivers.
"One of our primary goals is to make sure all owned pets are able to be reunited with their families and we're thrilled dozens and dozens of reunions have happened already", said Patty Hegwood, incident command for Best Friends Animal Society. "We now have 674 animals under our care", said Charleston Animal Society CEO Joe Elmore.
An animal shelter in Cleveland County has waived all of their adoption fees before the arrival of Hurricane Irma.
"People just really need to have a plan", he said today on "Good Morning America".