S.C. animal shelters evacuate pets to N.Y. ahead of hurricane

MENANDS, N.Y. (WHDH) — South Carolina animal shelters ensured their pets stay safe during Hurricane Matthew by evacuating the animals to New York.

More than two dozen animals, 20 cats and 9 dogs, were taken from Beaufort County in South Carolina, which is in an evacuation zone. After a long drive, they arrived at the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society in Menands, New York.

“When a storm like this hits, certainly if you’re told to evacuate you should all your pets with you because the likelihood is that you’re not going to be able to go back and help them,” said Brad Shear, the executive director of the shelter in New York. “And if you’re at risk, they’re at risk.”

Volunteers said they were happy to help with the move because they want to give the dogs and cats the opportunity to get to safety and find their forever home. Staff at the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society said they will have the pets rest for a few days before they are put up for adoption.

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