Sheltered animals arrive from SC

GEORGETOWN — Courtesy of Hurricane Dorian, it may be raining like cats and dogs this week in the Carolinas.

But nearly 200 sheltered animals up for adoption escaped Dorian’s potentially devastating wrath with their arrival in Delaware on Tuesday, with more than 100 more scheduled for an early-morning arrival today in a rescue relief effort precipitated in part by the Brandywine Valley SPCA.

“We basically have about 350 animals from Carolinas,” said Linda Torelli, marketing director for the BVSPCA.

Animals are arriving in waves.

The first wave — a rescue flight flown by Wings of Rescue and supported by the ASPCA and GreaterGood.org. — touched down Tuesday at a private terminal at the New Castle County Airport. On board: 191 animals, mostly dogs, from the Hilton Head Island area of coastal South Carolina.

These adoptable pets will go to the BVSPCA, several BVSPCA partner shelters in the area and ASPCA partners in New England.

A second wave of 61 cats and 61 dogs scheduled to arrive around 7 p.m. Tuesday was delayed and expected to arrive at the BVSPCA’s Animal Rescue Center on Shingle Point Road around 1:30 a.m. Wednesday, Ms. Torelli said.

Those animals are coming from Jasper County, just west of Hilton Head Island.

Dogs and cats from South Carolina shelters are being off-loaded at the New Castle County airport.

“It was really difficult for them to get into the area because a lot of the roads are now being turned one-way-out only … there’s a lot traffic,” Ms. Torelli said.

Most of the felines that arrived in Delaware upon processing were being moved to shelters in New England.

“The dogs are remaining with us for adoption,” said Ms. Torelli. “They are going to go to our adoption centers and to several shelters in the area that have offered to take some of the animals. The pets will go to our hurricane hub at the rescue center then move on to our adoption centers and those of several local shelters we’re lining up to help.”

The dogs were available for adoption in coastal shelters at risk of hurricane damage. Moving them out spares them from flooding and additionally allows local resources there to focus on family pets impacted by the storm.

“These are animals already up for adoption. They are trying to get all the animals out that are in the shelters in those risky areas. They are trying to get them out,” Ms. Torelli said. “And then also if local families (in South Carolina) are impacted by the storm they will then have a place to go.”

Additionally, Ms. Torelli added she was awaiting confirmation Tuesday evening of an additional transport of animals possibly scheduled to arrive Wednesday.

“There is a lot of concern about that coastal area,” Ms. Torelli said.

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