As Southwest Florida fights to recover from Ian, help is pouring in not only from state and federal agencies, but from animal welfare groups who are rescuing dogs and cats from damaged shelters. Executive Director Rick Chaboudy says people responded when they put out a call for donations. A team from the Suncoast Animal League of Pinellas County loaded up supplies this week and headed to the Port Charlotte area. Chaboudy says his group has also rescued nearly 40 dogs and cats from Hardee and Charlotte County shelters. Most are in foster care now, but should be available for adoption soon.
Animal Rescue teams from across the country are in Florida post-hurricane. Members of San Diego Humane Society’s Emergency Response Team (ERT) arrived last Saturday. They lead search and rescue, feed animals, deliver pet food to families who lost everything, and try to get pets back to their people. The ERT says they often drive around in silence, speechless at the destruction. The team of four is living out of rented RV’s, caring for animals at a Red Cross Shelter. They’re currently serving a ten day deployment.