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Rescuing Animals Impacted by Hurricane Joaquin

The Humane Society of the United States’ Animal Rescue Team ramps up rescue efforts throughout South Carolina

  • HSUS field responder Troy Snell calms a rescued dog. Photo by Bob Leverone/AP Images for The HSUS


The Humane Society of the United States is providing water to the City of Columbia Animal Shelter, which likely won’t have water for up to 10 days, and pet food to Pawmetto Lifeline animal shelter in Columbia, South Carolina. The HSUS’ Animal Rescue Team is helping to assess the needs of shelters impacted by the storm throughout the state, and is on-hand with water, supplies and other services as needed.

Animals from flooded areas are expected to be transported by HSUS’ Animal Rescue Team to a hub at Greenville County Animal Care, where they will receive their health certificates and prepare for the next step in their journey to HSUS Emergency Placement Partners. In the coming days, those dogs will be transferred to partners in North Carolina, Florida and Virginia.

Nineteen dogs are awaiting adoption at the Atlanta Humane Society after being rescued and transported by The HSUS’ Animal Rescue Team from Lee County Animal Shelter, which was heavily impacted by rain and flooding following the storm.

Media Contact: Samantha Miller: 301-258-1466; smiller@humanesociety.org

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