Second Chance takes in 99 pets from Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Irma pets landing at Second Chance for adoption

Hurricane Irma pets landing at Second Chance for adoption - Part 1

 East Brookfield, MASS, September 13, 2017  — The pictures from the Hurricane are devastating and affect us all.  But, for the pets, it is even more devastating.  A flight with over 100 pets is scheduled to leave from Miami on Friday, the day before the hurricane hit, to get these shelter animals out before the storm.  But, a shortage of crates and running up against the airport closing made it impossible.  The flight is now scheduled for today at about 2 PM.

“They have a lot to deal with down there” stated Sheryl Blancato, Executive Director.  “They needed to move these pets out of the shelter as they knew they would be without water and power for an undetermined amount of time – and that is if their shelter was still standing.  Couple that with having to take in the many displaced pets on top of it.  We are an emergency shelter and we have mobilized to take in over 100 pets today.  They will be flying into the Hartford airport where we will pick them up and bring them to our facilities.  The state mandates a 48 hour quarantine period after that.  Once that is done, we will then put them all up for adoption.  Since these are pets that were already in the shelters there, there is no wait time to try and find their owners.  This transport will get these pets out of the devastation and allow the shelters down there to recover and also handle the displaced pets that need to be taken in while they try to find their owners,”

Second Chance Animal Services doesn’t think this will be the last load of pets from the area.  As the shelters down there deal with the displaced pets there will be more in need of being rehomed.  “We are ready to continue to help” Mrs. Blancato stated.  “We just sent truckloads of supplies to Texas a little over a week ago so we are now trying to replenish our emergency supplies for this project.  Noone would have thought there would be two major events in such a short time.  We are posting to our Facebook page our needs.  Funds to assist with the housing and medical care are greatly appreciated.  As soon as we get these pets settled we plan to set up a gofundme page to help with our ongoing expenses for this.  We will also be posting updates to our Facebook page.  We have had an amazing response of people offering to foster.  We know some of these dogs and cats will take time to adjust after all they have been through.  We are grateful to the ASPCA that organized this transport down in FL to get these pets out of harms way and on their way to new homes.  I commend them for their work as this is no easy task to organize a major airlift like this under these conditions and in such a short time.  We are happy to be a part of it.”

 

Hurricane Irma pets landing at Second Chance for adoption - Part 2

East Brookfield, MASS, September 14, 2017  — Today another 68 cats are landing at Bradley International Airport on their way to Second Chance Animal Services from the devastated areas of FL.  These are not owned pets but pets that were already in shelters affected by Hurricane Irma. 

“This is day two of getting these pets out of there so the shelters can recover and also make room for displaced pets so they can hold them hoping to find their owners” stated Sheryl Blancato, Executive Director.  “Today it is all cats that are coming, yesterday it was all dogs.  We expect more to come.  The shelters down there were already full so getting these pets out is urgent.  The shelters need time to fix any damage and get pets displaced in.  This is the largest intake at one time we have done from an emergency situation.  We are an emergency partner for ASPCA as well as other groups and for MA emergencies.  So we are able to mobilize quickly and take in these pets.  The state mandates a 48 hour quarantine period for these pets.  Once that is done, we will then put them all up for adoption.  Since these are pets that were already in the shelters there, there is no wait time to try and find their owners.  A few of the dogs we took in need medical care that will require surgery including a cherry eye, masses, etc.  We have set up a gofundme page to help with these medical expenses as well as cost of care and houses for this.  We are still continuing our normal operations as well so we have a lot of animals to take care of right now.”

Second Chance Animal Services doesn’t think this will be the last load of pets from the area.  As the shelters down there deal with the displaced pets there will be more in need of being rehomed.  “We are ready to continue to help” Mrs. Blancato stated.  “We just sent truckloads of supplies to Texas a little over a week ago so we are now trying to replenish our emergency supplies for this project.  Noone would have thought there would be two major events in such a short time.”  Second Chance has set up a gofundme page at https://www.gofundme.com/hurricanepetsatsecondchance or you can go to their website at www.secondchanceaniimals.org.  They will be posting updates on the pets on their Facebook page.  Once the pets are through with their 48 hour state quarantine period they will be put up for adoption.  “We have been asked several times if these pets have owners” stated Mrs. Blancato.  “These pets do not have owners looking for them as they were already in the shelters affected by the Hurricane.  This is why we need to move these pets out so that the shelters can make space for the displaced pets to give the owners a chance to find them down there.  We are grateful to the ASPCA that organized this transport down in FL to get these pets out of harms way and on their way to new homes.  I commend them for their work as this is no easy task to organize a major airlift like this under these conditions and in such a short time.  We are happy to be a part of it.”

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