Since Hurricane Harvey made landfall as a Category 4 on Friday in southeast Texas, thousands of people have been displaced and the flooding has caused unimaginable damages to homes.
Whenever a large scale natural disaster like Harvey occurs, we immediately think about the people living in the affected areas and their belongings, but many of us tend to forget about the animals.
Many rescue efforts including the National Guard have been focusing on getting humans to safety, but thankfully there are a few organizations and brave individuals who took it upon themselves to help as many of the region's furry residents as possible.
These are 10 incredible animal rescues from Hurricane Harvey:
1. This dog was restrained to a post and abandoned by its owner on Saturday, but the Daily Mail photographer who took this picture rescued it.
Ruaridh Connellan jumped into the water to untie the canine, which he has since named Lucky.
"I promise you, that I will hold anyone accountable that unlawfully restrains their dog in extreme weather conditions," said Roman Forest Police Chief Stephen Carlisle in a statement. "Dogs are family too."
2. Father and son cowboys went through great lengths to rescue this trapped horse.
All animals were savedPosted by Chance Ward on Monday, August 28, 2017
“This is what we do,” Chance says in the video. “We help livestock. We try to help people.”
3. A man stayed by a hawk's side as it sought shelter in his car.
WATCH: A man in Houston claims a hawk would not leave his taxi cab as Hurricane Harvey barreled toward Texas Friday morning. pic.twitter.com/j2nZbarkvZ— NBC News (@NBCNews) August 26, 2017
The car's owner, William Bruso, took the hawk inside his home and fed it before seeking help. Since gaining viral fame, Harvey the hurricane hawk has been taken to a local wildlife rehabilitation center.
4. This officer from a neighborhood patrol in River Oaks is pictured carrying dogs to safety.
5. Naomi Coto had no choice but to carry her dog, Simba, on her shoulders as they evacuated their home in Houston.
Keep reading for more heartwarming rescues.
6. Alicia Plunkett rescued bats from drowning as the flood waters reached the top of a bridge they inhabited.
Alicia Plunkett is saving bats from drowning in Houston, as water reaches the top of bridges pic.twitter.com/wHnrbN3Sy8— Jason Allen (@CBS11JasonAllen) August 27, 2017
Bats are essential for controlling the mosquito population during the flooding.
7. Texas police helped a herd of cattle safely find higher ground.
WATCH: Texas police move a massive herd of cattle to higher ground outside of Houston pic.twitter.com/e6Dz2Dkrlr— NBC News (@NBCNews) August 28, 2017
8. This screeching pig was rescued from the rising waters on Monday.
9. These good samaritans saved a dog that was swimming past their boat in Hamshire.
A dog was saved from the flooded streets of the sun chase neighborhood in Hamshire. pic.twitter.com/AXzEWzdZes— Jacque Masse (@jmasse12news) August 28, 2017
The lucky dog has reportedly been reunited with its owner.
10. This man helped a lost dog find its owner through social media and the entire thing is so heartwarming.
Aaron even drove Cash (that's the dog's name) back to Runge, Texas to reunite with its owner.
There are still lots of animals that need help getting to safety. If you'd like to lend a hand, you can send donations to American Humane, The SPCA of Texas, Best Friends Animal Society and Austin Pets Alive!.