So Many Pets Survived Hurricane Matthew Because Shelters Took in Their Whole Families

“We have never had this response before,” said Sharron Carmichael. “We know that if it is not safe at your home for you, it is also not safe for your pet.”

 

10-11-16-hurricane-shelters-accept-pets1This pup rests comfortably in a shelter with his or her family.

 

Many pet owners unable to completely evacuate an area are faced with a difficult decision when a storm is bearing down on them:  save their own lives but leave their pets behind, or risk death by staying with their pets?  Most of us know that our animals are family members and we would NEVER leave them, no matter the consequence to ourselves, but thankfully fewer people had to make that choice because of shelters who were taking people and their pets.

 

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Little One, a Min Pin, has certainly ridden out a storm or two in the ten years she’s been alive, but they’re never easy, and Hurricane Matthew was a real doozy.

“She is scared of loud noises and lightning and I am too,” mom Marie Griffin told the Miami Herald.  “I am handicapped and I don’t know which way this storm is going to go. I would not have been able to get out of my trailer or take Little One with me. We do everything together so we are here together.”

 

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They were at Millenium Middle School in Tamarac, Florida.  Over 50 dogs, cats, and birds were safe and sound with their families as the storm battered the region.  The shelter can actually accommodate many more than that – up to 350 animals and 500 people!

“We live in a mobile home so we made the decision to come here,” Addison Chi said. “We could bring Maisie and it’s the safest thing go do.”

 

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14 thoughts on “So Many Pets Survived Hurricane Matthew Because Shelters Took in Their Whole Families

  1. The ‘rules’ have changed. The massive loss of animals life after Katrina, and the people who refused to go to shelters because they could not take their pets, brought about several laws that say that shelters have to allow people to bring their pets. And this is as it SHOULD be.

  2. This is the best thing ever! I am so thankful that these people were able to keep their pets with them and everyone, even the faithful companions they rely on to help them through rough times, were able to find shelter. It looks like great forethought, planning and organization with all the carriers ready for smaller animals. This shelter should receive some sort of award.

  3. That is great news news that is what is supposed to happen why should we allow only humans to live a e as humans know a that w we are the he problem humans kill just to kill animals kill to eat the judgment of GOD is on humans not animals

  4. If you think Ernest`s story is exceptional,, five weaks-ago my sister in law got a cheque for $8481 grafting sixteen hours a week from their apartment and they’re friend’s step-sister`s neighbour has done this for nine months and got more than $8481 part-time from there mac. follow the tips at this address, http://www.MONEYBOTx.TK

  5. Please make more pet owners & people aware that shelters will accept your four legged friends! The news outlets should have a running scroll at the bottom of their programming showing which shelters house animals & people together!

    A heartfelt THANK YOU to Millenium Middle School in Tamarac, Florida. Over 50 dogs, cats, and birds were safe and sound with their families as the Matthew storm battered the region. The shelter can actually accommodate many more than that – up to 350 animals and 500 people!

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