Hurricane Irma left a widespread trail of flooding and destruction throughout the Caribbean and Florida. What can concerned animal lovers do to help the dogs, cats, and other animals left homeless by the hurricane? Animal rescue and relief efforts are underway, led by both U.S. and international animal welfare organizations. Here’s an update on a few ongoing rescue operations.
The Humane Society International and the H3 Foundation are teaming up to help the animals of the British Virgin Islands that have been impacted by Hurricane Irma. An emergency veterinary team has already arrived on the island of Tortola, with more rescue and relief efforts scheduled to arrive in the BVI in the coming days. Click HERE to learn more.
The islands of Antigua and Barbuda were hard hit by Irma. While there are no animal shelters on Barbuda, Antigua humane organizations are helping the pets and farm animals of both islands. Check out the Facebook page of Paaws Antigua for the latest news and updates on their ongoing efforts to save the animals in both places.
The Florida Keys SPCA is on the front lines of helping the homeless pets of the Keys. Their facilities were damaged and all their resident shelter animals have been moved into foster homes. Not only will they need help with repairing shelter buildings on Key West and Marathon, they also expect an influx of many more displaced pets in the coming days and weeks.
South Florida’s wild animals need help, too! The South Florida Wildlife Center rescues and rehabilitates the wildlife of Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties. Hurricanes can flood birds and animals out of nests and burrows, so wildlife rescue efforts are especially critical after storms.