Animals Displaced By Hurricanes Arrive In The Heartland

Dozens of furry friends displaced by Hurricanes Michael and Florence made their way to the metro in the hopes of finding their fur-ever homes. 

The 28 cats and 38 dogs landed in Council Bluffs Thursday in a coordinated rescue effort, flown in from shelters in the southeast. Shelters there needed to make room for pets separated from their owners during recent hurricanes.

Jerod Francis with Hearts United for Animals says they're working hard to make sure the animals are taken care of in their most desperate times. "We're doing everything we can to put a roof over their head."

Erin Robbins with Wings of Rescue says they're giving the animals a new lease on life by bringing them to the Midwest. "It means that these pets don't have to be euthanized."

Francis says the animals are now on their way to Auburn, Nebraska where Hearts United for Animals has cleared room for them. "They'll be fully vetted at our shelter. They'll be up to date on all shots, spayed, neutered and then they'll be available for adoption on our website."

For Erin Robbins, volunteering with Wings of Rescue, it's just another day. She will be on another rescue mission leaving from Mississippi again tomorrow. Last year she says they saved more than 11,000 animals. "All year long we relocate pets from pets from high intake shelters with little adoptions to our rescue partners who have empty shelters, empty kennels and they're usually adopted within three to four days."

Hearts United for Animals operates entirely from donations. If you would like to help their cause or adopt a pet you can find more information on their website here

(Photos courtesy of 6 News)

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