It’s impossible for me to wrap my mind around the devastation in the Carolinas and beyond following hurricane Florence. To think about what the people and the animals in the flooded and destroyed areas are going through just breaks my heart. The one bright spot in all of this, to me, has been to see the many images of pets being rescued. Distressing as the images and videos may be, It seems that finally, the message is getting through that pets are family members.
Animal rescue groups from all over the country have mobilized to help the animals affected by the storm, getting animals out of already crowded shelters in the affected areas to other parts of the country where they will be adopted into loving homes to make room for pets displaced by the storm in hopes of reuniting them with their guardians. And all of these groups need your help.
The following organizations are just a few of many that are involved in rescue efforts. Please check their websites for information on what they need, and how to donate. I prefer to donate to local rather than large national organizations so I can be sure that my donations are used for the intended purpose.
Rescue organizations in the South
There are shelters and rescue groups all over the South who have and will be taking in animals displaced by the storm and the resulting flooding. The three organizations listed below are only a small selection:
SPCA of Wake County
Charleston Animal Society
Atlanta Humane Society
Wings of Rescue
Wings of Rescue is flying rescued pets out of the flooded areas to shelters in other parts of the country.
If you’re currently thinking of adding another pet to your family, this is a great time to adopt. By adopting a cat or dog at your local shelter, you’re freeing up space for animals who will need to be evacuated out of the flooded and devastated areas to make room for animals rescued from the flood waters.
What to donate
Most organizations will probably need money rather than goods. With floods blocking off many roads, and many warehouses in flooded areas, the logistics of storing donations may overwhelm organizations whose volunteers are already stretched to the limit. Also, keep in mind that there is going to be a long term need for donations for months and possibly even years, so take that into consideration when planning your donations.