CHARLESTON ANIMAL SOCIETY HURRICANE EMERGENCY PLAN UNDERWAY
Moving Local Animals Out of Harm’s Way While Reaching Out to Other Areas in Danger
Charleston Animal Society is evacuating its animals in preparation of a potential impact from Hurricane Irma and possibly Hurricane Jose. “We currently have 674 animals under our care,” said Charleston Animal Society CEO Joe Elmore. “We are now implementing our emergency management plan that will allow for the best way to provide safety to homeless animals.”
Step one of the plan is to find homes for all animals in the shelter. On Thursday, Charleston Animal Society will be working with partners from the SPCA Albrecht Center in Aiken, Greenville County Animal Care and Charlotte Humane Society, along with Pittsburgh Aviation Animal Rescue Team in Pennsylvania to move animals out of Charleston.
Step two is to help other shelters in harm’s way evacuate their animals. Charleston Animal Society will be pulling a number of animals from Frances R. Willis Animal Shelter in Dorchester County, the St. Frances Animal Shelter in Georgetown, SC and the Halifax Humane Society in Daytona Beach, FL. These animals will then be evacuated by other sheltering partners.
“We are taking inventory on animal shelters’ critical needs in the Lowcountry and Pee Dee regions,” said Elmore. “These areas of the state are the most vulnerable to hurricane winds, storm surge and flooding.” As critical needs come up, Charleston Animal Society will do what it can to help other animal care agencies.
What Can You Do?
Foster families for kittens are needed immediately. Please come to Charleston Animal Society on Thursday or Friday between 9am-5pm, if you can help. All supplies, food and medical care are provided.
Charleston Animal Society urges all pet owners to Prepare. Plan. Stay Informed. To learn more, go to www.CharlestonAnimalSociety.org/hurricane