Animals recovered from Gainesville during Hurricane Irma sent to shelters nationwide


Alachua County shelters are part of a national effort to help animals displaced animals during Hurricane Irma.

Alachua County Animal Services receives the animals and sends the ones that are adoptable to the Alachua County Humane Society.

“It’s our job as rescue groups to go into those county shelters and take those animals into our program,” said Margot DeConna, director of development for the Alachua County Humane Society. “We can ensure we are not euthanizing any pet for lack of space in one of our community’s shelters.”

Shelters from surrounding counties have collaborated to send adoptable animals around the country to find their forever home.

The Charleston Animal Society visited Gainesville Thursday to take about 80 animals to their shelter.

“When we work together we can really save lives,” said Aldwin Roman, Charleston Animal Society Anti-Cruelty & Outreach Director. “Hundreds and thousands of lives.”

Charleston Animal Society received Gainesville’s call Wednesday night and they left right away on Thursday morning, Roman said.

“We’ve arranged for two airplanes with the Humane Society of the United States that are coming to Gainesville regional airport,” DeConna said.

This airplane will hold over 130 dogs to be taken to Wisconsin and Michigan.

In order for these animals to travel, they need proper care to ensure other shelters will stay safe in the process.

“The shelter medicine program at the University of Florida is to bring in supplies such as vaccinations, antibiotics, parasite treatments and distribute them to shelters that need them,” said Julie Levy, University of Florida Shelter Medicine professor.

The Humane Society wants to clarify the animals that are being shipped out have been homeless before Irma. Those that have been displaced after Irma will have 30 days before they become adoptable in case an owner is looking for them.

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