Kelli Bender
August 31, 2017 12:27 PM

A group of guys became a dog’s saving grace this week in Lumberton, Texas.

On Monday, Bandit the dog found himself caught in the raging flood waters of Hurricane Harvey. He was moments from being washed far away from his home when a group of volunteer rescuers, made up mostly of local teenagers, stepped in.

The video of the daring save was posted by one of the rescuers, Kavan Wise, on Facebook, where it has over 270,000 views.

In the clip, you can see the group lowering someone into the fast moving water by a rope. This individual plucks Bandit out of the rapids, and then is pulled back to safety.

Casey Fredrick, Bandit’s owner, posted on Twitter that she was “very thankful” to the teenagers that saved her dog.

Fredrick also shared a video of Bandit safe and “singing” on a blanket after the rescue.

Thanks to the quick thinking of a group of Good Samaritans, Bandit has many dry days with his family ahead of him.

Concerned animal lovers near and far can also help displaced pets and families by donating or offering their services through the organizations listed below.

How You Can Help

  • A GoFundMe page has been set up by 4 Paws Farm and the I Love My Dog Team to raise donations for veterinary care, food, and bedding for animals impacte by Hurricane Harvey. To date, the fundraiser has surpassed its original goal, raising almost $50K in just a few days. Click here for more information and to donate.
  • Best Friends Animal Society, the first animal rescue on the ground during Hurricane Katrina, has deployed its disaster response team to Texas to help rescue stranded animals, deliver supplies and transport displaced pets. You can donate to the disaster relief fund here. 
  • The SPCA of Texas is working to evacuate pets out of the affected ares and is helping to provide resources on pet-friendly housing to those evacuating the Houston area. The SPCA of Texas is accepting donations here. 
  • Austin Pets Alive! Is moving as many displaced animals as possible into its shelter and is working on adopting out the animals currently residing there, so it has more room for Harvey evacuees. The rescue is looking for financial donations and potential adopters, learn more here.
  • American Humane is working to rescue animals from the flood waters, as well, and is also providing hundreds of pounds of pet food to pet owners and their animals currently displaced by Harvey. To support these efforts, click here.
  • The Humane Society of the United States has several on-the-ground response teams rescuing animals and helping people with pets get to safety. It recently took the lead in organizing a flight of shelter dogs from Texas to New Jersey. Readers can donate towards the rescue effort by clicking here.

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