WATCH: Hurricane Isaac aftermath sends shelter dogs across the North East

Last night we stopped in Greenville, Alabama to rest for the night.  

We took the dogs out of our wonderful 36-foot rescue trailer funded by the Foundation and all the dogs went for walks and were doing really well after such an eventful day!  

Earlier, we left the Hancock County Animal Shelter (HCHS) after staff and volunteers wished the dogs well on their journey up north.  

We loaded 29 dogs and headed to Coast Veterinary Hospital in Gulfport, MS where Dr. Jackie Broome and her staff quickly went to work spaying or neutering some the dogs and preparing all of their health certificates for travel.  

Before leaving the hospital, Steve, our driver for our rescue rig, fell for a one-eyed kitten and adopted him!  He will be traveling with us so he can join his new family in Massachusetts that includes 3 feline brothers and sisters.

The folks I spoke with in Mississippi all seemed to tell a similar story of how Hurricane Katrina devastated their community, and while there was a coincidence of Hurricane Isaac making landfall on the same date 7 years later, they didn't think his impact would be that great as a Category 1.  

No one expected Isaac to stick around for so long and they were surprised at the amount of rainfall.  Luckily the new shelter director of HCAS, Toni Necaise, moved the animals out of the shelter before the storm hit as she knew the area was flood-prone.  

She made the right choice because while the shelter didn't flood, the road to the shelter did.  They would not have been able to access the shelter to care for the animals until the water subsided.  

Toni only joined HCAS three months ago and I was impressed by her preparedness.

I am so grateful for the rescue groups that allowed us to leave HCAS knowing that their facility is back to normal and they are better prepared for the storm's aftermath. 

All of the dogs are quietly resting as we make our way to the Washington Animal Rescue League in DC for our first drop off.

Thanks to all for the kind words and donations, keeps us going!


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Cora Bailey
Director, Community Led Animal Welfare (CLAW)
Cynthia Milburn, Director, Animal Welfare Outreach & Education
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Ellie Milano, Program Officer, Companion Animals
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Jan Hannah
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Kate Nattrass Atema, Program Director, Companion Animals
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