Hurricane Harvey. And now Irma. Pets Alive staff, board members, and volunteers have worked tirelessly over the past two weeks since we rescued 20 dogs that came from animal shelters in the path of Hurricane Harvey. We are now faced with another massive animal relief effort in Florida and surrounding states as Hurricane Irma subsides – and our work has already begun.
Last evening on Sunday, September 10, we took in six dogs – several pictured here – that escaped the wrath of Irma’s anticipated flooding in the coastal area of South Carolina. We partnered again with Brother Wolf Animal Rescue of Ashville, NC, who evacuated nearly 30 dogs and cats from Horry County, South Carolina, ahead of the storm. This area on the inter-coastal waterway historically floods during major storms. It was critical that the Horry County Animal Care Center in Conway, South Carolina, clear their shelter in anticipation of having to take in family pets displaced by Hurricane Irma. Brother Wolf Animal Rescue and the Humane Society of Walden in Walden, NY also took in some of these animals on this transport from South Carolina.
We anticipate this is the “tip of the iceberg” on intake of animals from storm-ridden areas resulting from Hurricane Irma. Pets Alive will continue to work with Brother Wolf Animal Rescue and other animal welfare organizations that are ready to begin rescue efforts once it’s safe for humans to go into the areas affected by Hurricane Irma. There will be an extraordinary need for shelters in the northeast and other parts of the country to take in animals that are in shelters in areas affected by Irma – and eventually animals that find themselves homeless because families whose homes have been damaged can no longer care for them.
As we welcome these six dogs to Pets Alive, we are happy to tell you that at the time of this writing, four of the 20 dogs we rescued from Hurricane Harvey, like Astro pictured here, found their forever homes. Additionally six dogs are being treated for heartworm; Duchess, who has glaucoma, has to have her eyes removed this week; and all 20 dogs were spay/neutered, vaccinated, microchipped, dewormed, and treated for fleas. The “Harvey Dogs” continue to be given a lot of tender loving care by staff and volunteers until they too are adopted.
This was made possible because of you. Your donations of pet food, supplies, services and monetary gifts have enabled us to care for the Hurricane Harvey dogs and now, in the days and weeks ahead, so many animals that will need our help as Hurricane Irma subsides. We are humbled by your generosity and kindness. The dogs we just took in last evening will also require vaccinations, and some will require spay/neuter and other basic medical care.
There are several ways you can continue to help us with this life-saving work:
1. Make a monetary donation HERE to help the Hurricane Irma animals.
2. Donate supplies including KONG toys, laundry detergent (he-type) and other items by ordering directly from our Amazon wishlist and have the item(s) mailed to us at Pets Alive, 363 Derby Road, Middletown, NY 10940. You can also reference the wishlist and buy locally and drop off the items at our shelter. We are open 7 days a week from 10:00am-4:00pm Monday-Saturday and 11:00am-4:00pm on Sundays.
3. Consider adopting one of the Hurricane Harvey or Irma dogs – or any of our other dogs, cats and farm animals available for adoption. Check out the latter here and submit an online application. For every animal you adopt, you open up space at Pets Alive for another animal in need. (NOTE: The Hurricane Harvey dogs that remain at Pets Alive are available for adoption. To inquire, email firstname.lastname@example.org. The Hurricane Irma dogs will be available for adoption in about two weeks.)
4. Volunteer. Contact us at email@example.com for further information about how you can help us.
We thank you for your generous support. We could not do this live-saving work without you. If you or your loved ones have been affected by either storm, we hope for your safety.
Becky Tegze, Executive Director
ps…Every dollar you DONATE will help us care for these loving animals and find them homes.
pss…Bookmark this blog and our Hurricane Harvey blog and check for updates as the Hurricane Harvey and Irma animals continue their journey.