With Hurricane Florence bearing down on the east coast, the Carolinas dealt with many, many logistical issues which accompany a full scale evacuation.
Though these steps can be stressful, there is one job that completely recharges one's faith in humanity:
assigning dogs from local shelters to temporary foster families from deeper inland.
Coastal shelters were right in the path of the storm, so the dogs (and other animals) were evacuated for their own safety.
The line of folks waiting to pick up foster dogs for the weekend so coastal shelters can evacuate here before… https://t.co/lGljaykdfz— Ali Standish (@Ali Standish)1536789962.0
Sometimes humans can be not so great, but in this instance they stepped up to help take care of the "people" who needed it.
A line of people waiting to help the local animal shelters ahead of #HurricaneFlorence. People helping people. Peop… https://t.co/0C3B12eBq0— MARISSA TORRES PIX11 (@MARISSA TORRES PIX11)1536917223.0
The next thing you know, foster dogs were safe and sound in their temporary homes!
People shared photos of their houseguests on Twitter.
@AliStandish My wife got Kenan yesterday https://t.co/ArsE77yMZk— Keith Hill (@Keith Hill)1536842321.0
A sweet reminder of all the good people in the world. Thank you to all who are fostering this weekend. https://t.co/a4GLTnjQB3— Gigi Graciette (@Gigi Graciette)1536883206.0
Every pooch was pawsitively adorable!
Update: We will be spending #HurricaneFlorence hanging out with Hurricane Floyd! (We hope he won't be a hurricane,… https://t.co/GJjAAlibtl— Ali Standish (@Ali Standish)1536797024.0
@AliStandish Kesha and her sister are happy to be hanging out with us for the storm. Sweetest beagle girls ever wit… https://t.co/VPheqqdj2g— Julie (@Julie)1536839818.0
@AliStandish currently fostering Auburn from saving grace! she’s the sweetest girl https://t.co/Tf1RzWEB4m— hannah jablonski (@hannah jablonski)1536856793.0
Some shelters, like Saving Grace NC, also prepared for an influx of coastal pups separated from their families during the storm.
Grateful to those who opened their home to Saving Grace dogs! Some evacuated from shelters, some with us prior to t… https://t.co/v2H4amh0ij— SavingGraceNC (@SavingGraceNC)1536882955.0
For those who have asked how to help: please visit Saving Grace at https://t.co/TFpw3ZFMNV for info on fostering, d… https://t.co/4oWTFA5uLY— Ali Standish (@Ali Standish)1536862235.0
Helping a dog in need is good for your soul...though maybe not so good for your productivity when they prove too irresistible to ignore.
Sometimes a small gesture is all it takes to be a hero.
Not all heroes wear capes. So much gratitude to every person in line to bring foster pups to safety from… https://t.co/heFOZriIcs— Josh Jordan (@Josh Jordan)1536790758.0
If you are evacuating from a hurricane, or any other natural disaster, be sure to think about your pet and bring them with you if you can!
They count on their human's help more than anything. But some agencies providing evacuation resources for the poor and elderly do not allow pets, forcing people to choose between sheltering in place with their pets or leaving them behind.
Preparing for #Florence? If you have pets, make sure you have enough supplies for them as well:… https://t.co/uyn9TRg6Xy— U.S. Army Reserve (@U.S. Army Reserve)1536874200.0
@ColbyKGallagher Please spread the word: animals will die if left alone during #HurricaneFlorence. Keep them with y… https://t.co/g1V6U3j2vz— PETA (@PETA)1536861600.0
While some groups only criticize those given the tough choice of staying put with their pet or being evacuated, a better solution is to pressure your local, state and federal officials to always accommodate pets when evacuating the poor and elderly or to set up animal evacuations in addition to the human ones.