Hurricane Florence – How to help the 750,000 impacted pets

1 Million people were just ordered to evacuate – meaning 750,000 pets will be homeless at the same time.  If you’re like me, you feel like your hands are tied when it comes to helping. Of course, donating money and resources to all of the big non profits will always help. But what else?

Every shelter in the path will now be filling up quickly with abandoned and stray animals. And, until their owners are re-united with them, they will need to stay put at these shelters. But, what happens then to the thousands of animals that were at the shelters before the hurricane? Well, if no one fosters them, they are usually euthanized.

But, here’s the good news…

Many of those pets will be available to be transported out of the area en mass. There are a number of rescue vehicles that can house 50 or more animals at once. They will be looking for shelters and rescue groups out of state that can commit to receiving a large quantity of rescue pets.

Courtesy of S.A.F.E. K9 Transports, LLC (

The out of state shelters and rescues need to have space ready at their facility or potential foster families waiting.

So, if you are out of the area, you can foster a rescue pet now. This will create open space for all of the incoming hurricane pets and save a life. Just go to and search in your area.

If you want to learn more about impacted shelters click here.


  • Nina Fuss-neal August 30, 2017 Reply

    Gainesville FL. VETERINARY NURSE MOSTLY RETIRED, can take a couple small doggies. 2393224600

  • Carly martin September 7, 2017 Reply

    I can talk a dog that good with other bogs I have. 2

  • Susan Savitt September 8, 2017 Reply

    Can foster 1 small, pet and child friendly , house trained dog. I am a senior and have a 7 yr old 7lb rescue without teeth, no yard available.

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