Race against time to save 15 cats and 21 dogs from the ravages of Hurricane Florence

15 cats and 21 dogs in the path of Hurricane Florence.
Hurricane Florence endangers the lives of dogs and cats. © John Fowler. Unsplash

Hurricane Florence continues to pound the south-eastern seaboard of the United States. But she isn’t just destroying the lives and homes of people. Yesterday (16/09/18), staff of an animal rescue centre in South Carolina knew they had to act fast to save 15 stray cats and 21 dogs under their care before the shelter succumbed to the storm.

It was on September 9th 2018 that All 4 Paws announced on Facebook that despite there being no temporary accommodation in the local area for the animals they were ready to evacuate the shelter. By then Florence was already gathering steam in the Mid-Atlantic and forecasters warned that land-fall was inevitable within a matter of days.

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All4Paws has an evacuation plan in place,’ staff wrote on their Facebook page. ‘We are in the process of boarding up the facility and securing our plans. Our staff and board members are ready to evacuate and will make the final decision at the beginning of the week if A4P needs to evacuate. We are extremely appreciative of the support from the community and our partners in helping us prepare.’

Where to re-home became a matter of urgency

When the hurricane finally hit the east coast solving the problem of where to house their cats and dogs became a matter of urgency for All 4 Paws. But within hours staff from Big Fluffy Dog Rescue (a rescue centre in Tennessee) and PETSInc in Columbia had sprung into action and joined forces for what was now a time-critical rescue.

 

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By the time the region fell beneath Hurricane Florence, all of the dogs and cats from the All 4 Paws shelter were being looked after at animal shelters in other parts of the country less affected by the ferocious storm.

Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU to PETSinc in Columbia for sheltering our animals in preparation for #hurricaneflorence We couldn’t do this with out you!!!!,’ All 4 Paws later wrote with a sense of relief.

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Nick John Whittle lives and works in Birmingham, UK. He is a specialist copywriter, journalist and theatre critic. Over the years Nick’s family has owned dogs, cats, rodents and birds. The history of animal domestication and of people’s relationship with their pets over the centuries interests him a lot. He cares greatly about the welfare of both feral and domesticated animals and supports ongoing protection of endangered species.