Images of the devastation wrought by flooding in Texas will stick with us for a while. One photograph and subsequent story about a dog named Otis (above), who was seen trotting down a Texas street, taking care charge of his own provisions after the storm by carrying a bag of food in his mouth was especially poignant.

Lots of other animals weren't as lucky as Otis to be reunited with their owners.

Many of us with compassion and an especially soft spot for animals were touched by some of the stories emerging from the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. And one rescue unit in New York state has been doing something about it.

The SPCA in Erie County, located in West Seneca, which is a suburb of Buffalo, has already taken in its first wave of 20 dogs, and is planning on more.

Here's another article with some compelling photos and stories about animals that were left to fend for themselves in Hurricane Harvey, the people who helped, and some information about how you can lend a hand in this emergency situation and keep your pets safe in future flood situations.

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