Mohawk Hudson Humane Society takes in cats before Florence hits
MENANDS (WRGB) – The Mohawk Hudson Humane Society is taking in about 29 cats and kittens that were transported from a southern shelter, ahead of Hurricane Florence. They are moving out animals that are already in the shelter to free up space for rescue after the storm.
The transport comes from the Grand Strand Humane Society in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. They posted on their Facebook page Monday afternoon saying: “URGENT!!!! We are in need of someone who will be evacuating to the New York / CT area that is willing to drive a van and drop off about 50 cats for us!!! URGENT!!!!”
The Grand Strand shelter said they closed and evacuated Monday night. They needed to evacuate about 200 animals from their shelter that's only a few miles away from the coast.
The American Human Association helped with the transport. They drove 16 hours from Myrtle Beach to Menands, and arrived around 4:00am Wednesday. After that, they brought about 30 more cats to Connecticut.
The cats will be checked out by the vet over the next few days, and then will be put up for adoption.
"It's hard because we have a lot of animals here, we're pretty full and we're always encouraging people to adopt so we can help more animals," Marguerite Pearson, the Marketing and Communication Manager at Mohawk Hudson Humane Society said, "But when these crises arise, we realize it may be us someday."
MHHS President and CEO Todd Cramer said in the Facebook post, “We will always stand ready to help our humane partners as much as we can. Disasters can strike any of us and the safety net that enables us all to help each other in times of crisis is vital to saving lives. Please help by adopting pets that are already here awaiting new homes. Adopting now or making a donation will have a true impact on both the pets in our care and those being moved here to safety from the storm.”
To donate, or learn more about adopting, go to: https://mohawkhumane.org/home.html