Lake Norman shelter rescues dozens of animals left behind during Hurricane Irma

- As Hurricane Irma approached South Florida, many people took their pets with them when they evacuated, but not all residents were able to.

While some so opted to drop them off at local shelters, others abandoned their pets before and after the storm.

Emily Beebe, the director at Lake Norman Humane decided that her and her team needed to help the shelters in South Florida as well as the abandoned animals.

Last week, a few employees at Lake Norman Humane made the trip to Florida to rescue 22 dogs, 14 cats, 1 rabbit, and 1 ferret.

Though the trip was physically exhausting because of how long it took to travel, it was also mentally exhausting because of some of the things they saw. One dog, aptly named Mama, was left tied to a tree and pregnant with ten puppies. Emily was happy to help rescue her and her future pups.

All the animals Lake Norman Humane took in have been provided medical care and are ready to find their fur-ever homes!

If adoption is not an option, they are accepting monetary donations, pet food and supplies, and your time. Volunteers are needed to walk the animals and to clean up after them. You can find out more at their website.

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