Many people find it difficult enough to get themselves and their family evacuated when a hurricane is headed their way. Add to the stress that they may have pets and often times they simply have no idea what to do with them, opting to leave them behind. Guardians of Rescue is now on the ground working nonstop in Wilmington, North Carolina, and surrounding areas to help rescue the many animals that were left behind. The rescue group is assisting the Pender County Humane Society. The city has been hard hit by the hurricane and is now completely cut off as all roads leading into it have been flooded.
“We’ve helped rescue animals in many hurricanes, but this one has to be one of the worst hurricanes to get access to the animals in need,” explains Robert Misseri, president of Guardians of Rescue, an animal rescue organization. “So many animals were left behind. We are getting calls about dogs left in kennels in backyards that are completely flooded, cats on rooftops, and horses in flooded fields, etc.”
Many animals have already been rescued with many more still waiting to be. The rescue group has been getting many phone calls from people who have left behind animals or who have seen animals in dire situations in need of help. Road closures all around the area are making it extremely challenging and dangerous to reach the animals in need, but the group continues on, making as many rescues as possible. Guardians of Rescue are asking the public to assist in the rescue efforts to help make the mission a success. They need financial assistance, volunteers, pet food and medicine.
“What we are seeing out here is nothing short of heartbreaking,” Misseri said. “We are doing everything we can to help these animals who are in desperate need of being rescued. We need the help of the public to provide the support that is needed to make this mission a success. It’s something we can’t do alone.”
Guardians of Rescue has a goal of raising $80,000 to help with the animal rescue from Hurricane Florence.
Guardians of Rescue provides assistance to animals out on the streets. The group is located in Long Island, New York, and has chapters in Louisiana and Miami, but it helps animals in many places beyond where chapters are located on a national/international level. The group is also instrumental in helping military members with their pets.
(Photo courtesy Guardians of Rescue)