Every time a major hurricane hits, those in the affected areas are left scrambling to figure out what to do with their pets. Many hotels don’t allow evacuees fleeing a hurricane to bring their pets with them to hotels, so many are left with the incredibly difficult decision to abandon their pets while they flee or to ride out the storm with their furbabies by their side. Although many hotels are changing their policies to allow evacuees to bring their pets with, this is still a major issue that many face while preparing for natural disasters.
ORANGE, TX – SEPTEMBER 05: Matt Murray, a volunteer with an animal rescue organization, carries a small dog he found abandoned beside a flooded home on September 5, 2017 in Orange, Texas.Thousands of pets and livestock have either run away or been left to fend for themselves after Hurricane Harvey ravaged parts of the state of Texas. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Many shelters have been preparing for Florence’s landfall by relocating pets in shelters in the projected path of the hurricane and moving them to shelters that aren’t expected to to be hit by the storm.
The Humane Rescue Alliance has done just that. The group recently accepted 26 dogs and cats from a shelter in Norfolk, according to the Washingtonian. The pets will all be available for adoption within the next few days. The group expects more to come, according to communication director Matt Williams. “We’re ready and standing by.”
Be a #HurricaneHero by adopting a pet from AWLA this weekend! Adoption fees for ALL pets will be waived from now until Sunday at 4PM! We want to make space in our kennels for animals from shelters in hurricane-affected areas. We have so many wonderful pets waiting to meet you! pic.twitter.com/GNHo4DfK48
— AWLArlington, VA (@AWLAArlington) September 13, 2018
“If you adopt an animal from us now, that clears room for us to bring in additional animals from the affected areas,” says Williams. “That’s the biggest push right now.”
Several shelters are also significantly lowering or waiving adoption fees altogether to help free up room for displaced pets even quicker. If you are in the market for a new pet, now is the perfect time to look into adopting a local shelter animal.
Many of the pets are also fostered by helpful volunteers, who took the time to make room in their homes so that the shelters could free up space for any incoming, displaced, or missing animals that might show up during post-storm rescue efforts.
The Greenville Humane Society in South Carolina was more than 200 animals over capacity as of Monday — with over 60 of them taken in from low county areas forecast to be hit hard by the storm, so local shelters are in desperate need to free up more space.
The good boys and girls have arrived! Pets from a South Carolina shelter arrived in Broward tonight to dodge Hurricane #Florence. They’ll likely be up for …read more