Dogs from shelters in Florence's path arrive in Pittsburgh
Some dogs living in shelters when Hurricane Florence hit the Carolinas last week have arrived in Pittsburgh to make room for pets separated from their families as flooding continues.
The Pittsburgh Aviation Animal Rescue Team made two trips to the area last week, moving 45 dogs out of shelters.
Eleven dogs came to shelters in the Pittsburgh area. The other dogs went to shelter in Long Island, NY.
“It’s the very same playbook that we used last year during Maria, Harvey, and Irma,” the rescue team wrote in a blog post on its website . “Before a storm of this magnitude the pressure is on to create room in shelters near the worst hit parts of the region so people who lost everything can hold onto hope that they can be reunited with their pets.”
Pittsburgh Aviation Animal Rescue Team (PAART) is a Pittsburgh-based non-profit that delivers animals to safety from a variety of situations, including natural disasters. Their footprint stretches from Texas to Massachusetts.
The team brought up eleven dogs from a shelter near the North Carolina/Virginia border over the weekend. Six of those dogs went to Animal Friends on Camp Horne Road, according to a release from the facility.
“These six were not among the family pets separated from their families because of the hurricane but rather were already in local shelters awaiting loving homes,” said Shannon Clarke, of Animal Friends.
The dogs arrived at the Big Easy Animal Hospital late Friday night, where everyone spent the night, a PAART blog post read. The post, by PAART co-founder Jonathan Plesset, said that in addition to Animal Friends, the dogs went to Pet Search, Paws Across Pittsburgh and Forever Home Beagle Rescue.
Two days earlier, the PAART team took 34 dogs from another shelter in the hours before the storm, according to the website. The dogs were taken to Long Island to make room in southern shelters for pets displaced during the storms.
Megan Guza is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Megan at 412-380-8519, firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter @meganguzaTrib.