Disaster Response Team: Hurricane Irma


September 18, 2017

Our crew arrived in West Palm Beach, Florida, this morning just before 6 a.m. to pick up adoptable animals from the Humane Society of Broward County, Humane Society of the Treasure Coast, Humane Society of Greater Miami, Broward County Animal Care and Adoption, and Peggy Adams Rescue League.

Nearly all of the animals in this transport were already available for adoption or surrendered by their owners before the storm, and rode out Hurricane Irma in their respective shelters. Some of the animals were surrendered by their owners after the storm. Many families – some who may have lost everything – must relinquish their pets during such a catastrophe. But our teams care for each and every one of these animals as though they were our own, and we do everything in our power to ensure a safe, comfortable trip.

By 8:15 a.m. today, our Disaster Response Team was back on the road with 102 cats and 48 dogs. These pets will make the 9-10 hour drive back to the temporary shelter in Roswell, Georgia, where they can find a second chance and their forever homes.

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September 16, 2017

A second Disaster Response Team from the Humane Society of Missouri departed St. Louis early this morning for southern Florida. The team, including animal rescue and emergency shelter staff, will be assisting in the transport and care of Florida animals displaced by Hurricane Irma. Please check back and follow our Facebook page for additional photos and updates!

September 15, 2017

After a 10 hour drive, our Disaster Response Team rose early and got right to work in the emergency shelter north of Atlanta. Many of the animals are from Fulton County Animal Control, whose building flooded during Hurricane Irma. The animals are here while the shelter is cleaned and repaired. Our skilled emergency shelter team can help in many different capacities – whether feeding and walking dogs, administering medication, or simply giving displaced pets much-needed TLC.

September 14, 2017

Early this morning, a four-person emergency shelter and animal rescue team is heading towards Atlanta Humane Society, with our climate-controlled animal rescue trailer in tow. They will assist with operations at an emergency shelter housing hundreds of dogs and cats evacuated from Florida, Georgia, and other areas affected by Hurricane Irma.