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Aftermath of Hurricane Irma


Hurricane Irma left a trail of devastation all through Florida. Read about what we're doing to help.

You can also see our hurricane preparations and experiences during the storm here.


Wednesday, September 26

Days during and following Hurricane Irma have been busy. Here are some of the activities we've engaged in and organizations we've assisted:


Jacksonville Humane Society
Picked up 26 cats and kittens for admission to Cat Depot

Honor Animal Rescue
Delivered litter, carriers, 30+ medium cages, 7 extra large cages, carriers, miscellaneous.

Venice Wildlife Rescue
Delivered cages, food, water bottles, litter pans, carriers, miscellaneous.

Hardee Animal Rescue
Delivered food, litter, carriers, litter pans, miscellaneous.

Manatee County Animal Services
Picked up 30 dogs and delivered to Miami Airport.

Three days hauling supplies from Clearwater to Miami to Lee County, moving trucks and warehouse supplies.

Best Friends Animal Society
Hauling dogs from Hillsborough County to Jacksonville County for adoption event - and back again if not adopted.


Sunday September 17

It has been an intense weekend. DeSoto County is experiencing river flooding and Florida SARC is there, setting up shelter for all the animals rescued from the floods. A request for help has been sent out to the Cat Depot crew. Many are spending Sunday caring for their own homes, but we're hoping to be able to send assistance.

On Friday, the crew worked to clean everything used in moving dogs to Miami. The rig and all the crates needed to be thoroughly cleaned so they're ready when needed again.

Saturday morning, one of our volunteers headed north to Clearwater to pick up a rental truck with liftgate. Then, he drove to Miami to fill the truck with supplies, and headed to the Florida Keys to assist the rescues there, all heavily hit by Irma.

He has continued the work with transporting supplies today.

Picking up supplies Picking up supplies



Thursday September 14

Today, our crew is working with moving 30 dogs to get on a plane in Miami. These photos are from preparing the rescue rig for the dogs and picking them up this morning. When this is written, they are on the road.


Preparing the rescue rig Preparing the rescue rig
Preparing the Rescue Rig
Preparing the Resuce Rig The Rescue Rig is ready to go Loading the dogs
Picking up the dogs Picking up the dogs  



Wednesday September 13

Today is the first day after the storm we're open again. We were extremely fortunate through Irma - the hurricane devastated southern Florida and flooded the north. Everyone feared for Tampa Bay, but the storm decided to go easy on us. Our building still stands, our equipment is intact, and everyone is okay.


Before the storm started, we evacuated cats and kittens to us from several other rescue organizations. We took in 50 cats, among others from the humane society in Jacksonville. Many of the kittens are still bottle babies, so they will be with us for quite some time before they are ready to find homes. We have gotten several more cats today, and we have been asked to help more rescues whose facilities have been damaged.


More news will be posted soon.





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