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Another Hurricane - Michael!

Stranded people - stranded animals - all need help after a disaster like either of the two hurricanes that have caused such catastrophic damage in Florida and the Carolinas.  


Less than a month ago the news was filled with stories about Hurricane Florence as it ripped through the coastal Carolinas, destroying homes and lives, killing dozens of people and untold numbers of animals, and leaving so many homeless. This week Hurricane Michael tore through the Florida Panhandle with winds even greater than Hurricane Florence, before it moved northward as a fierce tropical storm into the Carolinas - again – this time on western side. Rescue efforts are underway in Florida in an effort to help those who either did not, or could not, evacuate before it hit. And once again, we see the haunting images of people and animals trying to cope with the massive devastation.

In advance of the storm, animal welfare groups worked to move as many animals as possible out of the path of the storm. The Humane Society in Naples, Florida, took two vans to Tallahassee to move 46 dogs and puppies out of harm’s way. The 10-hour round trip relocated the animals from a shelter that would not be strong enough to survive the massive hurricane.

In the aftermath of the storm, groups like Brother Wolf Animal Rescue, based in North Carolina, are working with shelters in the Florida panhandle area to relocate animals to more northern states like New York That will make room for the coastal Florida shelters to house animals being rescued in the aftermath of the storm. Brother Wolf has done this before; they rescued more than two hundred animals in North Carolina after Florence.

National organizations, like the Humane Society of the United States and the American Humane Association, are working with local shelters and rescue groups to assist in rescue and relief efforts. As you might imagine, resources are stretched thin with two major hurricanes causing catastrophic damage within weeks of each other.

You can help by making a donation to one or more of the organizations who are rescuing cats from rooftops and dogs tied to trees with no way to escape the flood water. Your contribution just might make it possible to save someone’s best friend, when you’re speaking of pets.


Mindy Norton has been “Speaking of Pets” on Alabama Public Radio since 1995.
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