Hurricane Matthew has blasted many areas of the country, including Haiti, Bahamas and now the United States. So many lives have been devastated, souls lost, homes destroyed and the environment torn apart like pieces of trash. Many people were forced to evacuate their homes before Matthew’s arrival, leaving behind precious family pets.

Displaced dogs after the storm

When Katrina destroyed and distressed New Orleans in 2005, 250,000 dogs and other Pets were left behind and abandoned, forced to fend for themselves when families had to evacuate their homes.

Now with the fury of Hurricane Matthew slamming Florida, Georgia and moving along the coast to South Carolina and North Carolina, the Humane Society USA is ready to rescue any stranded or abandoned Animals. With the onset of this monstrous storm, two million people were ordered to evacuate their homes. Thus far, 57 animals have been transported from the Charleston Animal Society in South Carolina to shelters in the Washington, D.C. area.

Help for the animals

The Humane Society is working diligently to move dogs out of shelters in South Carolina to Hagerstown and other facilities while making room for others that are left behind, abandoned or displaced as a result of the storm.

Many people forced to evacuate from their homes feel they cannot bring their pets, especially their dogs and decide to leave them behind. Some of the animals currently in shelters range in age from 4 months old to 5 years old and include a Labrador mix named Muppet, a Pit bull terrier mix named John, an Australian shepherd mix named Joshua, and a Boxer mix named Willow. The hope is that these animals will find permanent homes since the worst effects of Hurricane Matthew are still likely to come, leading to more homeless and abandoned dogs.

It is sad that family dogs are left behind and displaced, but, without the help of the Humane Society, dogs would be left to fend for themselves and often be in danger for their lives amid these horrible disasters and their aftermath.

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