As Hurricane Florence readies to assault the eastern coastline of the United States, loaded with torrential rains and unforeseen flood potential, people have been cautious enough to stock up on batteries and water and to barricade their residences; some people wonder about the pets of those people.
Potomac, South Carolina-based “PetConnect Rescue” an animal rescue group, has already intervened to help more than 30 dogs and cats residing within the Florence Area Humane Society. The organization moved the animals to Florence’s DMV, where volunteer foster families agreed to safeguard them. As Florence is right in Florence’s way, PetConnect Rescue’s efforts will not only keep the animals safe but also free up some space for the effort involved in recovering from being struck by a hurricane.
Another animal rescue group, known as the “The Humane Rescue Alliance,” recently adopted 26 cats and dogs from a shelter in Norfolk, Virginia. All of these animals will be up for adoption after a few days. The group does not see this single effort as its sole endeavor, communication director Matt Williams commented that the HRA was ready and willing to help save any other pets.
For anyone with concerns for the animals that might be caught in a natural disaster, Williams offered several pieces of advice:
- Now is a great time for people to adopt. Every animal that gets adopted by rescue organizations frees up a spot for the group to reasonably shelter another. Williams also mentions the existence of a foster program, allowing people to care and house a pet for only a limited period of time.
- Donations are always accepted. Williams mentioned that animals always carry a cost. While transportation is the leading factor in rescue operations, monetary donations are also warmly accepted; money is useful for ensuring that every rescued animal is fully vaccinated, microchipped and spayed or neutered.
- Advocacy is another important factor. People without the freedom to adopt or to donate can reminds friends and loved ones to ready a disaster prep kit for their animals. Such a kit should a first aid kit, identification and three days of food, everything your pet needs to remain safe and healthy.
The HRA has rescued 150 animals since 2017’s hurricane season and DC has offer to help out. Williams expects to save just as many this year, admitting that Florence will not be the last hurricane.