Rescues take in pets misplaced by Hurricane Ian

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Rescues and organisations across the US are working to help pets displaced by Hurricane Ian, which made landfall in Florida on Wednesday afternoon as a Category 4 storm.

In the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale, it is the second most powerful in which “catastrophic damage will occur. Well-built framed homes can sustain severe damage with loss of most of the roof structure and/or some exterior walls. Most trees will be snapped or uprooted and power poles downed. Fallen trees and power poles will isolate residential areas. Power outages will last weeks to possibly months. Most of the area will be uninhabitable for weeks or months.”

“We thank all the volunteers, the media, and the community all coming together to make this a successful mission!”

While many evacuated with their pets ahead of Hurricane Ian’s landfall, things were not as simple for dogs and other pets in pounds and shelter – and organisations had to move quickly in order to get them out of harm’s way, and provide a home for those misplaced by the hurricane.

Staff and volunteers and staff of The Anti-Cruelty Society, as well as PAWS Chicago, moved animals from Florida shelters to Chicago; Big Dog Ranch Rescue staff drove to the West Coast in order to move animals away, and bring supplies and food to rescues on the ground – as did other rescues and animal wefare organisations.

On Sunday 2 October, Big Dog Ranch Rescue wrote, “Thank you to everyone for the helping hands during our Rescue Mission! We thank all the volunteers, the media, and the community all coming together to make this a successful mission!

“Thank you to all of our hard working staff, who are essential to all of the daily happenings at the Ranch. We love you and we thank you for the kindness, love and generosity that everyone has shown this rescue.”

As of 3 October, Hurrican Ian’s death toll climbed to almost 80 and is expected to go higher as search and rescue operations continue. The danger has not yet passed, with areas forced to evacuate due to rising flood waters as recently as Sunday 2 October.

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