Animals displaced by Hurricane Dorian arrive in Richmond

Richmond SPCA taking in 45 dogs from Florida

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - Several animals in Florida seeking refuge from Hurricane Dorian have arrived in Richmond.

Richmond SPCA said it was partnering with the University of Florida’s Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program and Florida Urgent Rescue to take in 45 dogs and cats from Fernandina Beach and Green Cove Springs.

"We’ve cleaned an entire room of kennels ready for the dogs from Florida,” Richmond SPCA’s Tabitha Treloar said.

The animals arrived Saturday morning and that will help a great deal should disaster strike. The animals were already in shelters in Florida and are being evacuated to make room for an expected influx of animals who will need care following the storm making landfall.

One of those shelters in Florida has flooded in the past. This time, they’re taking no chances.

“By evacuating those shelters we’re giving them the capacity to respond should their communities be affected and be able to provide temporary housing if animals are displaced,” Treloar said.

Richmond SPCA is asking for donations through its Facebook page to house the animals and treat their medical needs.

“Thanks to our community’s compassion for animals in need, we are able to respond to natural disasters and welcome these pets into our loving arms,” Richmond SPCA wrote.

Hurricane Dorian is strengthening as it approaches Florida, and we're joining the response to evacuate animal shelters...

Posted by Richmond SPCA on Friday, August 30, 2019

The SPCA isn’t the only Virginia group working to come to the aid of our neighbors to the South. Friday afternoon, search and rescue crews with the Virginia Task Force announced an 80 person unit has been activated to work with FEMA as Dorian inches closer.

People responded on social media saying “Thank you for your service, stay safe” and “Safe travels.”

As for the SPCA, this is something they’ve done before - welcoming in animals from storm-impacted localities across the country.

“They’re going to get a hearty meal and fresh water and then our veterinary team will begin assessing their medical needs,” Treloar said. “We’ll be assessing them all thoroughly though and delivering every bit of care they need to prepare them for adoption to loving homes here in the Richmond community.”

The animals that are being brought to Richmond will soon be available for adoption.

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