The Humane Society of the United States’ Animal Rescue Team has been responding to the needs of animals in the wake of Hurricane Florence in Horry County, South Carolina, and affected areas in North Carolina. Though the storm has passed, the flood waters continue to rise in South Carolina, where the team remains on the ground assisting Horry County with animal rescue response and sheltering support.

The Humane Society of the United States has provided support in advance of and in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence in the following ways:

  • Prior to the storm, we provided financial and logistical support for evacuations of more than 400 adoptable animals from shelters in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.
  • Assisting local authorities and rescue partners in the field rescue of more than 100 animals, including dogs, cats, goats and chickens, in Horry County, South Carolina.
  • After Hurricane Florence made landfall, we transported approximately 150 adoptable animals out of Brunswick County, North Carolina, increasing the capacity of the community to care for animal flood victims. 

As members of the Animal Rescue Team remain in Horry County, the Humane Society of the United States continues to coordinate transports of adoptable animals out of communities where flooding is expected to worsen, to make room for anticipated incoming animals.

“Our role in the Carolinas is to alleviate the suffering of animals and families impacted by Florence and the subsequent flooding,” said Sára Varsa, vice president of animal rescue for the Humane Society of the United States. “By helping families evacuate their pets as flood waters rise and responding to calls for animals in need of rescue, we are honored to be able to make a difference for animals and often, humans, in their time of need.”

As we continue in service to the communities and animals that need us most, we are grateful, as always, to the support of our partners, include and Halo Purely for Pets pet food, which have provided funding and supplies so desperately needed for the animals.

Due to the generosity of Walmart and Sam’s Club customers, the Walmart 2018 Hurricane Relief Fund at Foundation For The Carolinas has contributed $50,000 to the Humane Society of the United States.


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