Furry Friends Helps Relocate Hurricane-Impacted Animals

The local shelter is partnering with Best Friends Animal Society to relocate animals from storm-impacted shelters on the Hope On Wheels bus

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Kittens making their way to safer shelters in the wake of Hurricane Ian. Photo courtesy of Furry Friends
Photo courtesy of Furry Friends

To help disaster relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Ian, Furry Friends Adoption, Clinic, & Ranch, which serves Palm Beach County and Martin County, is relocating animals from storm-impacted Florida shelters to other parts of the country. Furry Friends has partnered with the Best Friends Animal Society to move hundreds of dogs and cats to safety on their state-of-the-art transport bus, Hope On Wheels. 

This week alone, Furry Friends transported dozens of dogs and cats from Florida to The Anti-Cruelty Society in downtown Chicago to ensure Furry Friends could take in as many homeless animals as possible. On Wednesday, Furry Friends traveled to Pinellas County and Manatee County with Hope On Wheels to help Best Friends Animal Society move more than 200 animals from the west coast of Florida to shelters in the Northeast. In the coming months, Furry Friends plans to relocate hundreds of more animals affected by Hurricane Ian. 

Hope On Wheels. Photo courtesy of Furry Friends
Hope On Wheels. Photo courtesy of Furry Friends

Furry Friends’ ongoing relocation program began in March 2022 and is designed to move animals from overcrowded shelters in Florida to areas where they can thrive. Through their Relocation Program, Furry Friends is committed to reducing animal shelter euthanasia rates in Florida, which ranks fourth in the nation. 

The animals that Furry Friends moved out of Pinellas County and Manatee County October 5, were taken to Jacksonville where they were staged and transported to shelters in the Northeast. Today, Furry Friends will transport another group of more than 100 animals on Hope On Wheels from Jacksonville to shelters in the Midwest, including P.A.W.S. Tinley Park in Tinley Park, Illinois, and I Heart Dogs Rescue and Animal Haven in Warren, Michigan.

Keep up with the efforts here.

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