Carolina Waterfowl Rescue helping evacuees with non-traditional pets

- The Carolina Waterfowl Rescue has already taken in 100 animals from the North Carolina and South Carolina coasts.  Now, they are working to help Floridians with their animals

"People have already started messaging us, ‘hey, I am going to leave and I have these animals but where do I go’," Carolina Waterfowl Rescue Director Jennifer Gordon said.

After Hurricane Katrina, a law was passed that if you are being evacuated, emergency shelter have to take your dogs and cats but it stops there. If you have other animals, they won’t be accepted.

The Carolina Waterfowl rescue is helping to take in those animals and started setting up pens to do so. During that process, they've managed to create a list of 500 people who are willing to take in both the flesh and the fur.

"So you can take your dog and your cat and your 2 rabbits and 2 chickens and stay together," Gordon Said.

They know these can be tough times for everyone involved.

"You're going through something traumatic and you are losing your home and your possession and at least you have your family because my animals are my family and I wouldn't want to leave them," Gordon Said.

The rescue even taking in larger animals like goats. One family tagged their goat with their phone number and where planning on letting it go with hopes it would survive the storm.

Last minute, the rescue stepped in and took the goat in.

"If someone opens up their home for no charge, then it makes the evacuation more feasible for people that can afford it," Gordon Said.

Carolina Waterfowl's Director Jennifer Gordon says one of the biggest things they've been giving out to evacuee is crates and carriers.

"We've loaned out several cages to people that threw their parrots in the car and left and then they got somewhere and said ‘I'm going to be here for two weeks, I need a cage,’ Any of that, we are glad to help," Gordon Said.

The rescue says they want to continue to help people but need volunteers and donations. For more information on the rescue click here.

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