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Truck Driver Rescues 64 Dogs and Cats From Floods of Hurricane Florence

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Phyllis P (232)
Monday September 17, 2018, 11:35 am
Inside the bus, the seats have been ripped out to make room for its passengers. On the bus’s side are the words “EMERGENCY ANIMAL RESCUE SHELTER.” But it could have said “Noah’s Ark.”

In the last week, Alsup and his bus have rescued 53 dogs and 11 cats from South Carolina shelters that were in Florence’s treacherous path, as first reported by the Greenville News.

And come morning, Alsup expects to search for more.

“I’m like, look, these are lives too,” Alsup told The Washington Post during his Waffle House stop. “Animals — especially shelter pets — they always have to take the back seat of the bus. But I’ll give them their own bus. If I have to I’ll pay for all the fuel, or even a boat, to get these dogs out of there.”

Phyllis P (232)
Monday September 17, 2018, 11:36 am
Made me cry.....

Last Monday, when Alsup began his latest rescues, the kennels in his vehicle were stacked from floor to ceiling. Pet food, water bowls, leashes and toys were strewn about the aisle. But as he rolled along his route, Alsup kept telling his Facebook followers that he had room for more, asking them to point him to where pets needed help. “NO ONE LEFT BEHIND,” he wrote in one Facebook post, before signing off with his standard line, “Love y’all, mean it.”

In less than 48 hours, he stopped at the Humane Society of North Myrtle Beach (S.C.), the Dillon County (S.C.) Animal Shelter, another in Orangeburg, S.C., and Saint Frances Animal Center in Georgetown, S.C., which sang his praises on social media Sunday. In a Facebook post late Sunday, the Saint Frances Animal Center said that Alsup was rescuing all the “leftover” pets — the dogs and cats the shelter couldn’t seem to hand off to anyone else.

“It’s all true. Tony swooped in at 4am Wednesday morning to pick up our ‘leftovers’ — the dogs with blocky heads, the ones with heartworm,” the center wrote on Facebook. “The ones no one else will ever take. And he got them to safety. Not the most conventional evacuation, but surely the one with the most heart.”

Catherine Z (0)
Monday September 17, 2018, 12:26 pm
This story warmed my heart. Thank you

David C (78)
Monday September 17, 2018, 12:39 pm
thank you

Christeen Anderson (303)
Monday September 17, 2018, 2:04 pm
An angel.

Colleen L (3)
Monday September 17, 2018, 2:59 pm
A true angel. Bless him for being so caring
Thanks Phyllis

Fiona Ogilvie (562)
Monday September 17, 2018, 4:43 pm
Thank you. This man is as Colleen writes "a true angel".

Thank you for this posting.

Animae C (508)
Monday September 17, 2018, 4:44 pm
He bought the bus specifically to rescue the animals!!!
Tony Alsup restores my faith in humanity!!!

Thanx Phyllis

Suzanne L (89)
Tuesday September 18, 2018, 3:02 pm
I'm all teared up. Mr. Alsup is a hero in my books. Thanks so much for sharing Phyllis.

Shirley S (187)
Tuesday September 18, 2018, 9:29 pm
What a wonderful man ! I also have teary eyes. Thanks for sharing Phyllis

Henriette Matthijssen (154)
Tuesday September 18, 2018, 10:01 pm
What a great & compassionate human beings for saving so many animals & finding homes & shelters for them at his own expenses! A true Angel indeed! Thanks Phyllis.

Lona G (66)
Tuesday September 18, 2018, 10:19 pm
What an absolutely wonderful man. Tony Alsup has given me hope again that there are plenty of good people about with their hearts in the right place. He bought the bus himself and pays for the fuel out of his own pocket; is there a site where we can contribute a little to Tony's excellent work?
Thanks for posting, Phyllis.

Veronica B (35)
Tuesday September 18, 2018, 10:59 pm
Tony Aslup is an Amazing man,a Hero and an Angel on Earth!!!God bless him!!!

Thanks for Sharing Phyllis

S J (124)
Wednesday September 19, 2018, 3:37 am
Thank you all the great rescuers,my love and best wishes to all of you and those babies.meow woof wooPhyllis

Sylvie A (190)
Wednesday September 19, 2018, 4:39 am
Thank you, Mr Alsup.

Danuta Watola (1251)
Wednesday September 19, 2018, 9:16 am

Michael F (173)
Wednesday September 19, 2018, 2:34 pm
Thank You for Sharing This !!!

Sheryl G (359)
Wednesday September 19, 2018, 4:17 pm
They actually had a short piece on him via mainstream news. Good person.

Mandi T (366)
Sunday September 23, 2018, 12:56 pm
Hero at work x

Rosemary Rannes (642)
Tuesday September 25, 2018, 10:21 pm
Compassionate & Courageous are Tony Alsup's real names and absolutely an angel to each and every cat & dog that he rescued and saved, and for the horses that he fed!!!
i'm so inspired ... my spirit soars!
Thank you so much Phyllis for caring2share this awesome story with us!

Melania Padilla (123)
Monday November 19, 2018, 9:02 am
This was so cool!
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