Their bewildered faces give some clue to the devastation all around them.
But these cats and dogs are symbols of hope amidst the devastation wrought all around them by Hurricane Isaac on the Gulf Coast.
They are among 181 pets from shelters being shipped to Texas out of harms’ way as the elements continue to batter states.
The SPCA took 87 cats and 60 dogs from New Orleans in Louisiana after Isaac lashed the area earlier this week leaving a trail of carnage in its wake.
A further 34 cats from the Humane Society in Gulfport, Mississippi were also transferred to North Texas where they will be safe from storms.
The pets will be offered up for adoption to new homes. Their places will also be filled with hundreds more creatures expected to brought in to rescue shelters after Isaac rattled the coast with winds swirling up to 80 miles per hour.
Maura Davis, the vice president of communications for the SPCA of Texas, said many of the animals were frightened by the storm and that they would be ‘nurtured’.
She added that there was a ‘massive public outcry’ after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 to make sure that animals were properly taken care of.
They developed the transfer systemin partnership with centres in Texas to ensure that no pets were allowed to roam the streets.
She added that centres in New Orleans were now ‘stretched to the limit’ after tghe hurricane. There are around 300 animals at SPCA centres in Texas.
She added: ‘All our thoughts are with everyone down on the coast. It’s such a scary time for people and animals.’
Since striking land and devastating thousands of homes, Isaac has been downgraded to a Tropical Storm as its winds dropped to 70 mph. With the storm creeping along at just 6 mph, as many as 24 inches of rainfall were expected in some areas.
Via Daily Mail