As Hurricane Dorian threatens the East Coast, the Humane Society of the United States coordinated an evacuation of approximately 80 animals out of three Florida animal shelters. Today, a rescue flight funded and coordinated by the HSUS departed from Jacksonville with cats and mostly large-breed dogs who were up for adoption at Nassau Humane Society, Jacksonville Animal Protective Services and St. Johns County Pet Center.

This transport aimed to increase the capacity of the shelters as they prepare for potential flooding and structural damage and position them to care for an anticipated influx of animals displaced by the storm.

Michigan Humane Society will receive the animals and distribute them among their partners in Michigan.

“By transporting dogs and cats who were already up for adoption out of the region, we are able to increase the capacity of the threatened communities as they prepare for flooding and an anticipated influx of displaced animals," said Kate MacFall, Florida senior state director for the Humane Society of the United States. "A lot of these animals are big dogs with lots of love to give, and they will make fantastic family members."

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