Purposeful Dog Becomes Viral Symbol Of Resilience After Hurricane Harvey

Animals shelters in the path of the storm are preparing for a large number of displaced cats and dogs.

A photo of an extremely well-prepared dog went viral this weekend in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, now active in the area as tropical storm Harvey. Otis, who accidentally got out Friday in Sinton, Texas has become an unlikely nod to the resilience of the state when a neighbor snapped a picture of him walking around with an entire bag of dog food in his mouth. 

As reported by The Houston Chronicle, resident Salvador Segovia was watching Otis for his grandson when he managed to escape from the screened-in porch. Luckily, Otis, and we assume his bag of food, made it back home safely. 

As of publication, the photo has been shared over 25,000 times, but Otis was already a little bit of a local celebrity, The Houston Chronicle reports. 

"Otis can go to Dairy Queen and he can get a hamburger," Segovia said. "He's the only dog allowed to lie down in front of the county court house. He also goes to H.E.B. He's not a stray. He's a good dog."

While families prepared for the storm earlier this week, local animal shelters and Humane Society locations prepped for an anticipated large number of cats and dogs displaced by flooding. The Atlanta Humane Society is hosting a few dozen pets from Louisiana whose owners were unable to take the four-legged members of their family with them when they evacuated.  

"They reached out to us and we're happy to help," Amanda Harris of the Atlanta Humane Society told WSB-TV. "They can be close to their owners and have the best possible chance to be reunited with their families."

For those wanting to support local shelters affected by Hurricane Harvey, visit organizations such as SPCA of Texas, Dallas Animal Services and the San Antonio Humane Society to make a donation. 

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