Animal Rescue Never Stops…Even In A Hurricane

Jennifer Deane, president of Pit Sisters, wasn’t expecting to take in any more dogs, on the eve of Hurricane Matthew.

But the rescuer was told that some shelter puppies would be euthanized if they weren’t out before the terrifying hurricane was due to arrive in Northeast Florida.

She couldn’t leave them to that fate.

“Luckily some foster families stepped up so we were able to get them this morning and get them to their foster homes,” Deane tells Shelter Me. “They are scared but seem to be healthy.”


The three puppies — Sprinkles, Precious, and Baxter — are safe now, at their foster homes. It’s heartwarming — and, alas, costly.

Next step: They will need vaccines, and spay/neuter surgeries. So Pit Sisters is asking for donations, to help cover these puppies’ expenses.

They will also need more long-term foster homes, once the storm passes. Fill out a foster application on the Pit Sisters website.

The storm will be brutal. The puppies will get through it.



Arin Greenwood

Arin Greenwood is an animal writer based in St. Petersburg, Florida. Previously, she was animal welfare editor at The Huffington Post. Arin is a former lawyer (J.D. from Columbia Law School, member of the New York Bar), life long animal lover, pit bull advocate, and devoted fan of cats and dogs who run for public office.

Her first novel, Tropical Depression — based on her five-odd, sometimes very odd, years living on a small island near Guam — was published by teeny indie publisher Back Porch Books in 2011. Her second book, a comic young adult mystery called Save The Enemy, was published by Soho Teen in November 2013. Hello From Dog Island!, Arin’s third book, will be published by Soho Teen in 2018.

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1 comment

  1. Mongoose218 says:

    I’m not sure WHY the puppies or any other dogs or cats would have to euthanized prior to the hurricane……in fact, in many places people who are evacuating, often under mandatory rules to do so, are advised to place their pets in an animal shelter while they are gone.

    As long as ONE person can show up at the shelter to feed/ water the pets there, why should it be any different than normal?

    Seems like the shelter was using the hurricane as an excuse to rid itself of unwanted dogs……but why puppies, which generally do find homes? Makes no sense at all to me! Glad they’re safe however!

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