Lucy Pet Foundation Deploys to Assist Animals Affected by Hurricane Harvey

Lucy Pet Foundation Chief Veterinary Officer Dr. Karen Halligan and Founder Joey Herrick Deploy to Brazoria County SPCA to Assist Animals Affected by Hurricane Harvey

Dr. Halligan will administer medical aid to animals suffering from upper respiratory problems, skin infections, ringworm and all other affects of Hurricane Harvey.

Lucy Pet Foundation (LPF) Chief Veterinary Officer Dr. Karen “Doc” Halligan, LPF Founder Joey Herrick and LPF Registered Veterinary Technician Casey Jenkins will deploy to Brazoria County Texas to assist hundreds of animals in need of immediate medical care as a result of Hurricane Harvey.  

“The Lucy Pet Foundation will assist in the day-to-day treatment of shelter pets and help with the constant influx of animals in need of medical care for upper respiratory problems, skin infections, ringworm plus help manage the 300 plus animals being housed at the nearby fairgrounds,” said Dr. Halligan, who also assisted suffering animals during Hurricane Katrina and is the former Director of Veterinary Services for spcaLA.

Dr. Halligan continued, “It is just astonishing to see the number of pets who are lost, homeless or injured as a result of this devastating hurricane. It breaks your heart to see animals in pain and in shock. They are so vulnerable and afraid.”

LPF will also assist in preparing current shelter animals to be transported to other states for adoption into forever homes.

“We were asked to deploy by the Brazoria County SPCA,” said Lucy Pet Foundation Founder Joey Herrick. “We are familiar with this organization through adoption events held at this location in the past.  “We are proud to be assisting after this devastating natural disaster.”

 In addition to medical aid, LPF will be donating Lucy Pet’s Formulas for Life Pet Food to shelter dogs and cats.  “We are very happy to be able to provide food to these traumatized pets,” added Herrick.

Products With A Cause

Lucy Pet is committed to helping animals by donating to the Lucy Pet Foundation, whose mission is to reduce pet overpopulation and support other animal welfare causes.

About Lucy Pet

Lucy Pet is a family-owned and operated pet product business based in Thousand Oaks, California. Proceeds from the brand directly fund its 501 (c) (3) non-profit Lucy Pet Foundation. The foundation’s mission is to reduce pet overpopulation and the euthanasia of over 80,000 dogs and cats per week in the United States.

From Formula for Life ™ dog and cat food, pet shampoos/leave-in conditioners to Lucy Pet Cats Incredible cat litter, Lucy Pet develops quality products for pets' health and wellness. Their products are made in the U.S.A and can be found in pet specialty stores across the U.S.A. and worldwide. For more information please go to or follow Lucy Pets and their spokesdog, Surfin' Jack on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram: @LucyPetProducts and @SurfinJackDog.

Puppies Rescued By Texas A&M ‘VET’ Team Provide Relief For Responders

While the Texas A&M University Veterinary Emergency Team (VET) has been deployed to a variety of locations along the Texas Coast in response to Hurricane Harvey, the rescued puppies receiving VET services have also served a dual role, providing “puppy therapy” for many of the responders.

“Over the course of our deployment, when we have rescued puppies that have been examined and treated and are awaiting transport to a shelter, we have often found that military personnel will just happen to stop by to chat with us, citing that they’ve heard we have puppies,” VET Public Information Officer Jennifer Gauntt said.

“These responders are on the front line, seeing the worst as they work in communities devastated by the storm. When they interact with these puppies, for a moment, they are able to forget all of the destruction, and occasionally death, they have encountered. The smiles that spread across their faces when they see and hold the puppies show us the powerful effect animals can have on people who have been working in the field.”

Studies have shown that exposure to pets can alleviate stress, reduce anxiety and depression and lower blood pressure in people. Sgt. Ty Wenglar, Texas A&M Class of ’96, Charlie Company 949 BSB, Texas Army National Guard, expressed his thanks to the VET team for providing much-needed relief.

“Puppies embody the very essence of what home is. They are always loving, always playful, always happy to see you. Most of us have now been away from home for almost two weeks, with the expectation of another week or more in the field,” Wenglar said. “Getting to play with Texas A&M VET’s puppies gave us all a brief respite from the relief effort and few moments of ‘home.’”

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