These Heroes Rescued Pets Trapped in Florence Floodwaters

Hurricane Florence has claimed the lives of at least 37 people so far, as well as millions of farm animals, but these are some of the lucky pets that didn’t become statistics thanks to the actions of good Samaritans.

Six Dogs Saved from Drowning in Kennel

It’s bad enough when people leave their pets behind when evacuating their homes prior to a hurricane, but what’s even more unconscionable is when they lock those pets inside kennels or chain them to poles, giving them no†possibility of swimming to safety as the floodwaters rise.

Six dogs in Leland, N.C. were about to drown inside their kennel when two volunteer rescuers, Ryan Nichols and David Rebollar, and freelance reporter, Marcus DiPaolatheir, heard their howls. The three were rescuing people by boat and decided to investigate where the ruckus was coming from.

“The dogs were almost underwater,” Nichols told NBC News. “Within an hour, they would have been dead.” A video DiPaola recorded and posted on Twitter has been viewed more than eight million times.

When Hurricane Harvey struck Texas in September 2017, Nichols’ home and business were damaged. That inspired him and Rebollar to help other hurricane victims around the country, including those in North Carolina. How fortunate that these heroes happened to be in the right place at the right time.

64 Dogs and Cats Escape in a School Bus

Tony Alsup, a truck driver who lives in Greenback, Tenn., drove an old yellow school bus to South Carolina as Florence was making its way to the state. His mission: To visit animal shelters and rescue as many dogs and cats as he could fit inside the bus.

Thanks to Alsup, 53 dogs and 11 cats†escaped safely†from four shelters to a shelter in Alabama. Some have already been adopted, while others will be relocated to shelters throughout the country where they will hopefully find loving forever homes. Alsup refers to the pets he chooses to rescue as “leftovers”.

“Itís so easy for people to adopt the small pets and the cuties and the cuddly,” he told Greenville News. ďWe take on the ones that deserve a chance even though they are big and a little ugly. But I love big dogs, and we find places for them.”

Like Nichols and Rebollar, Alsup began his rescue efforts during Hurricane Harvey in Texas last year. Since then, he’s rescued animals after devastating hurricanes in Florida and Puerto Rico. He bought the school bus so he could bring supplies to hurricane-affected areas and then refill it with dozens of homeless animals.

“Animals ó especially shelter pets ó they always have to take the back seat of the bus. But Iíll give them their own bus,” Alsup told the Washington Post. “If I have to Iíll pay for all the fuel, or even a boat, to get these dogs out of there.”

Injured Therapy Dog Saved by TV News Reporter

As Julie Wilson, a reporter for WTVD in Raleigh, N.C., was recording a Facebook Live video in the town of New Bern, she saw a woman struggling to lift a large, injured rottweiler from floodwater that was up to her knees.

Wilson asked the woman if she thought that was safe.

“It’s my daughter’s therapy dog. I have no choice,” the woman, who said her name was Tasha, replied.

Tasha told Wilson the dog could be carried, so Wilson handed Tasha her camera and picked up the dog, carrying him to a safer area.

“Nobody is leaving the dog in this mess,” Wilson said. “Thatís what we are doing out here.”

How to Help Victims of Hurricane Florence

The people and animals affected by Hurricane Florence need our help. Check out these tips from Care2 writer s.e. smith to see what you can do.

Photo credit: Daily Mail/YouTube

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