WATCH: Charleston Animal Society helping Florida animals displaced by Irma


Charleston Animal Society pet evacuation efforts continued in the wake of Hurricane Irma Thursday. Rescue teams from the animal shelter went to Gainesville, Florida to bring animals affected by the devastation of the hurricane to the Lowcountry.

More than 100 animals, including 72 dogs, arrived in North Charleston Thursday evening, to either be adopted or be moved to partnering shelters.

Shelters from around northern Florida partnered with the Alachua County Humane Society to coordinate relocation for the pets.

Charleston Animal Society was asked for help Wednesday night, and volunteers traveled there Thursday morning to assist, according to Aldwin Roman, Charleston Animal Society Anti-Cruelty & Outreach Director.

“When we work together we can really save lives,” said Roman. “Hundreds and thousands of lives.”

The animals shipped here were homeless before Irma, according to the Humane Society. Those that have been displaced after Irma will remain in Florida shelters up to 30 days before they become adoptable, in case an owner is looking for them.

CAS is asking the Charleston community to help a displaced animal by adopting and giving them a "fur"ever home. To adopt an animal, go to the Charleston Animal Society website.

Due to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, Charleston Animal Society says their rescue efforts will be ongoing for the foreseeable future.


(WGFL contributed information to this report)

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