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Capital Area Humane Society takes in Florida shelter dogs

Posted at 4:52 PM, Sep 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-03 19:17:56-04
Meet Bessie, One of the 15 Rescued Dogs from Hurricane Dorian's Path

As many down south prepare for Hurricane Dorian, dogs in some Florida shelters are being evacuated.

Those shelter animals are being relocated to Michigan to stay safe and to find a home.

The Capital Area Humane Society (CAHS) is one of the Michigan shelters taking in the animals.

On Sunday, they received 15 dogs from a Jacksonville, Florida animal shelter.

Staff tells Fox 47, that the dogs are adapting to their shelter after a whirlwind 24 hours.

"They are doing pretty well. It's obviously a traumatic experience to be on a plane," said Julia Willson, the CEO and President of the CAHS. "Most dogs haven't been on that experience to be transported, so we are letting them decompress in the next day or two."

Because the dogs they took in are shelter dogs, CAHS is preparing them to find their forever home.

"These are pets that were already in shelters that didn't have families, getting them out of harms way making more space down in those shelters for animals that will be coming in as a result of the storm," said Willson.

But the recovery efforts don't stop there.

One of the vets from the Humane Society was deployed on Monday to help with animal search and rescue.

"She on her way down to help with the actual on the ground part of it which would be to go out in the field to rescue and recover animals and people that are in danger."

This is not the first time the humane society has taken in animals from the storm, and says they are always ready to help during disaster situations.

"The last phase is to reunite animals with their owners and if we cant reunite them then we will re-home them so eventually we may see more animals coming up from the hurricane areas,"

The humane society will use Tuesday to start medical and behavioral examinations on the Florida shelter dogs to prepare them for adoption.

"We certainly hope the community opens their arms to these dogs and embraces them and give them the love and home they deserve," said WiIllson.

Staff said the dogs should be ready for adoption in the week or so with some dogs ready as early as Wednesday.

For updates on the Florida shelter dogs, click here.

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