Evacuation Efforts Continue to Help Animals Impacted By Fall Hurricanes.
At the request of the ASPCA® (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®), the Charleston Animal Society will receive 30 homeless dogs and puppies displaced by Hurricane Maria in St. Croix.
The ASPCA is collaborating with Wings of Rescue, and the Pittsburgh Aviation Animal Rescue Team to transport a total of 95 cats and dogs from the ASPCA’s emergency shelter in St. Croix, and place them with animal shelters, including Charleston Animal Society, Cat Depot, Halifax Humane Society, and the Osceola Animal Shelter where they will be made available for adoption. Wings of Rescue will fly the animals to Ft. Lauderdale, FL, where Pittsburgh Aviation Animal Rescue Team will then drive them up the coast.
“The headlines may have faded from sight, but people and pets are still suffering across the Caribbean, and we are committed to helping them in any way we can,” said Charleston Animal Society CEO Joe Elmore. “We have to remember that Charleston also lies in a hurricane strike zone, and we have benefited in the past from the good will of others, now it is our turn the pitch in and help.”
The animals are expected to arrive at Charleston Animal Society around 11pm on Thursday. Media is invited to cover this event. Charleston Animal Society will also be providing information, including live updates on Facebook and other social media. **The flight can be tracked on www.flightaware.com by entering the tail number BYA308**
“Relocating animals displaced by the storm gives them an opportunity to move on to the next chapter of their lives while we continue to support local agencies by providing daily care for rescued animals and helping pet owners in need,” said Jessica Rushin, partnerships senior manager for ASPCA Field Investigations & Response. “The ASPCA is grateful to work with response partners, including Charleston Animal Soicety, to make this life-saving effort possible so these animals will have a chance to find safe and loving homes.”
St. Croix is the largest of the three U.S. Virgin Islands. Nearly 450 animals are currently being cared for at the ASPCA’s emergency shelter, which was established after the largest animal shelter on the island was severely damaged by the storm and forced to temporarily halt operations. If you would like to help, please adopt one of these animals.
If you can’t adopt, please give at www.CharlestonAnimalSociety.org/evacuate-an-animal, as we continue our efforts through the national week of giving.