Hurricane Harvey didn’t just impact millions of people – it was also devastating to pets and livestock who lost their families.

 

Rescuers have spent hundreds of man hours rescuing pets from the rising waters, braving the floods that could have killed them to bring dogs, cats, horses and more to safety.

 

Shockingly, in many cases, the animals weren’t just abandoned to save themselves – many of them were purposely locked up by their humans to meet whatever fate awaited.

 

Luckily, rescuers got to these 10 lucky pets before the rising waves ended their lives.

 

Here’s 10 heartwarming stories of humans who went out of their way to rescue pets and in some cases, reunite them with their owners!

 

This dog who jumped into a rescuer’s Jeep, and thanks to one man and the power of Twitter, was reunited with his family.

 

These 120 cats from the Cattery Cat Shelter who were evacuated by the SPCA of Texas before Hurricane Harvey hit Corpus Christi:

 

 

These adorable kittens rescued by a brave woman from underneath a porch in Houston:

 

These adorable baby squirrels who were taken in by the Wildlife Center of Texas:

 

These poor dogs thankfully rescued from locked kennel before the water got too high:

 

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This lucky dog that was rescued from flooding waters by concerned citizens:

These panicking horses locked in a flooded pen and saved by a brave teen before the worst happened:

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Frankie & Bear, two stranded dogs lucky to be saved by rescuers:

 

This unfortunate dog that was tied to a post and saved by a photographer:

 

This pet pig, whose family refused to leave him behind:

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“Harvey the Hurricane Hawk” who took shelter in a man’s vehicle after becoming injured and unable to get to safety:

 

 

(Harvey is currently being cared for by the Texas Wildlife Rehab Coalition.)

 

This VERY vocal pig rescued from high water in Texas.

This herd of cattle who were thankfully moooooved to safety by Texas police:

 

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Maat van Uitert is a backyard chicken and sustainable living expert. She is also the author of Chickens: Naturally Raising A Sustainable Flock, which was a best seller in it’s Amazon category.  Maat has been featured on NBC, CBS, AOL Finance, Community Chickens, the Huffington Post, Chickens magazine, Backyard Poultry, and Countryside Magazine. She lives on her farm in Southeast Missouri with her husband, two children, and about a million chickens and ducks. You can follow Maat on Facebook here and Instagram here.

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