By Bob Uphues
UPDATED: Sept. 5, 2017
Brookfield Village Manager Keith Sbiral has started an impromptu fundraising effort to help family pets who are also victims of the flooding that followed Hurricane Harvey in the Houston area.
"The storm has damaged so many homes," said Sbiral. "Many have lost everything. In some cases, the only part of their old life they have is their pet. Now they are faced with the challenge of where they can stay with their pet and how they can afford to feed and keep their pet."
In the past several days, village employees have been collecting donations of items such as pet food and supplies, cleaning supplies and cash. Many dropped off items during the Brookfield Farmers Market on Sept. 2 and staff continue to accept donations through Sept. 8 at village hall, 8820 Brookfield Ave.
Anyone wishing to write a check should make it out to the Village of Brookfield, and write "Harvey Animals" on the memo line.
As of Monday morning, Sbiral said, in addition to collecting about 1,000 items, the effort had raised about $6,000 in cash with another $2,000 pledged.
Sbiral said the collection effort wasn't meant to be a formal, tax-deductible fundraiser. Rather, the plan is to collect as much money and pet-related items as possible and then transport it to Texas.
Money that's donated will be used to purchase supplies or will be donated directly to Bunny Buddies of Houston and Houston SPCA, which is that city's "largest animal protection organization and shelter," according to the organization's website.
For more information on the collection effort and types of items being collected, visit the village's website.