Shelters Are Swamped Up As Floridians Evacuate And Leave Their Pets Behind

As the category 5 Hurricane Dorian headed towards Florida last week, people evacuated, and some selfish people left their pets behind to fend for themselves.

Residents took all their precious belongings and food and evacuated to the hurricane local shelters. Sadly, some people didn’t see their pets as some priority and left them all alone in hopes they would survive the hurricane.

Some horrible people even tied their pets to trees, and some even abandoned them in parking lots. The poor pups had to somehow stay alive with no food, water, or a safe place to take shelter.

But there are also heroes in the world. Meet Meg Sadhala, the manager of the Miami Animal Rescue. Sadhala and her team worked for several days prior to the hurricane to rescue homeless and abandoned dogs from the streets so they could at least be at safety. The rescue group collected 17 dogs that were left by their owners to fend for themselves during the storm.

Miami Animal Rescue was swamped up with phone calls about dogs that were tied to trees and bushes. Now they also had 17 abandoned dogs to accommodate somewhere. Unfortunately, the rescue group didn’t have its own place to keep rescue dogs. 

They focused on feeding and placing dogs with foster and adoptive families. Sadhala expected people to abandon their dogs, and so she knew they were going to need lots of funding to get the job done. The rescue group asked for donations of Facebook for they were out of beds and food.

While the aftermaths sadly continue, thousands of pets are left with no home. Rescue groups and shelters desperately need help to feed more pets and providing them comfy beds to spend the night.


USA Today reported the shelters that are on the area that was affected by the 5 Cat Hurricane. You can foster, adopt, fund, or volunteer, just contact these organizations to see how you can help them.

·      Animal Welfare Society in Kennebunk, Maine

·      Anti-Cruelty Society in Chicago, Illinois

·      ASPCA Adoption Center in New York City

·      Berkshire Humane Society in Pittsfield, Massachusetts

·      Brandywine Valley SPCA in New Castle, Delaware

·      Felines and Canines in Chicago

·      Greater Androscoggin Humane Society in Lewiston, Maine

·      Green County Humane Society in Monroe, Wisconsin

·      Humane Society of Charlotte in Charlotte, North Carolina

·      Michigan Humane Society in Bingham Farms, Michigan

·      PAWS Chicago in Chicago

·      Safe Haven for Cats in Raleigh, North Carolina

·      Second Chance Animal Shelter in East Brookfield, Massachusetts

·      SPCA of Wake County in Raleigh, North Carolina

·      Toledo Area Humane Society in Toledo, Ohio

h/t: Miami Animal Rescue

  1. Rhonda Swanson

    Shame on the owners, never should you abandoned your pets.

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