Shelter animals moved to Capital Region to escape Florence

September 12, 2018 01:56 PM

MENANDS - The Capital Region is doing its part helping to get ready for Hurricane Florence.

Pets from shelters along the coast have been relocated to safer locations. One of those safer locations is in Menands.

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Also, Capital Region Red Cross volunteers are heading south as they prepare for a massive response to Hurricane Florence.

As many as 100,000 people may need emergency shelter.

"Primarily, what I'll be doing is helping to coordinate the volunteers who are just kind of in time. So the community that raises their hand when these things happen and say, 'I want to get involved,' maybe haven't been with the Red Cross before. So I'll be helping to get them plugged in," said Lauren Whitman with the Red Cross of Northeastern NY.

"Every disaster is unique. Each one presents its own challenges. We're just going to go down and be prepared to help people in any way that we can," said Josh Moskowitz, who is heading to the Carolinas.

Twenty-nine cats and kittens from the Grandstand Humane Society in Myrtle Beach – a couple of miles from the South Carolina coast -- were brought 16 hours by van, north to the Capital Region.

"These are animals that were already in shelter, already seeking homes. So they had to move everyone out and we're happy we could help," said Marguerite Pearson with the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society.

The cats will get vet checked and adopted out.

However, no dogs from the affected areas are at the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society. That's because the shelter is at capacity.

The Red Cross is working with state and local officials to identify and prepare evacuation shelters. More than 700 disaster workers are headed to the region to help.

"The Red Cross is an internationally known symbol. It means safety and that's what we're hoping to provide," said Moskowitz.


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