September 5, 2019 — This week our team was at the center of more than 350 shelter animals evacuated from the coastal Carolinas into Delaware within just over 24 hours. On Tuesday, we welcomed a rescue airlift carrying 191 dogs and cats from the Hilton Head area of South Carolina to the New Castle Airport in collaboration with Wings of Rescue and the ASPCA. At 2am Wednesday, our team at the Animal Rescue Center (ARC) received 122 dogs and cats from Jasper County, South Carolina in collaboration with Best Friends Animal Society. Then at 3pm on Wednesday, that same team at the ARC greeted another 45 animals from the Outer Banks in collaboration with Best Friends.
All of these animals were adoptable in the shelters at the time of the evacuations. Rescuing them pulled them out of harm’s way from the storm’s path, made space should local family pets need safe haven, and gave some shelter staff options to evacuate with their families. The rescues proved necessary, as all of the shelters we helped lost power and remain that way as of this writing, and several had damage from wind and water.
These animals will find placement in two ways – through other shelters pulling them and through our adoption centers. Already nearly 20 rescues and shelters have taken some of the animals. Many remain in our care.Help us with this critical work by making a donation. Every dollar counts to the lives depending on us in this time of crisis. You can also help by adopting, which saves two lives: that of the adopted dog and that of the hurricane dog that can use that space.