On Wednesday, when Hurricane Matthew was approaching the coast, authorities ordered the evacuation of some million people, about half of them in the Jacksonville area.
Residents are fleeing their homes, and animal shelters are also being evacuated in order to stay out of the storm’s way. Some crisis shelters accepted pets, as long as they were accompanied by their owners. But orphaned animals were not welcome.
The Humane Society of the United States and Greenville County Animal Care are relocating South Carolina shelter animals before Hurricane Matthew strikes the Southeast coast.
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Due to Hurricane Matthew, a dog shelter in South Carolina had to make room for dogs that may get lost or abandoned during the storm, so the SPCA of Anne Arundel County didn’t hesitate to help.
The long journey from Charleston, South Carolina, made a pit stop Thursday night in Gaithersburg, where animal rescue organizations across Maryland arrived with open arms to take in 57 shelter dogs that gave up their space down south to help other dogs get shelter from the storm.
The Humane Society of the United States, based in Montgomery County, has relationships with 300 shelters across the country.
“So in times of disaster, they may reach out to us because of that relationship and say, ‘Hey, we need your help,'” said Sara Varsa, with the Humane Society of the United States.
Jessica Stuby with the SPCA of Anne Arundel County sprang into action when she got the help alert from the Humane Society. Annapolis had room at its shelter to take in six dogs. They ended up with a pit mix, a terrier mix, two beagles, a lab and a Shepherd.
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