Animal Rescue Relief Effort For Irma Victims Planned By Royal Caribbean Cruises And Petco Foundation

Courtesy, Petco Foundation/Twitter

Although pets aren’t normally found on cruise ships, when Hurricane Irma was bearing down on Miami, a cruise line based in that city used one of their largest ships to evacuate more than 1,500 employees and their pets.

Royal Caribbean’s Enchantment of the Seas opened their cabins to employees, their families and their pets, all for free!  A spokesperson said,

“We knew many of our South Florida employees would need a safe place to ride out the storm… it was just the right thing to do.”

The Enchantment crew organized a ‘yappy hour’ for a couple of dozen dogs and their owners, none of whom would have considered leaving their furry family members behind.

Following the devastation of Irma, the cruise line ramped up their humanitarian efforts in the Caribbean for both people and pets!  They sent their Adventure of the Seas to St. Maarten to deliver supplies and pick up evacuees.  Majesty of the Seas stopped off in St. Thomas and is heading for St Maarten as well.  Empress of the Seas will be mobilized to Key West, Florida, if needed.

And a spokesperson for Royal Caribbean reports that the cruise line is working with the Petco Foundation and other groups to arrange drop-offs of pet supplies in stricken areas!  If you’d like to help, please click on this link.

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. has committed to match donations up to $1 million to aid Hurricane Irma relief efforts.

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Lisa Blanck

Writing articles about animals for more than 22 years, she dove into the rescue world with the onset of Hurricane Katrina. As an outspoken advocate for animals, she's covered everything from paws to hooves, fins to feathers. She was the Orlando Animal Rescue and Worldwide Animal Issues Examiner for seven years. She's always thinking pawsitive, looking for ways to improve the lives of animals. She lives with one dog, one cat and one patient human. She welcomes your suggestions and is thrilled to be part of the ShelterMe.tv family!

2 comments

  1. TERRY FURLONG says:

    BRAVO!! I HAVE OFTEN THOUGHT OF TAKING A CRUISE…NOW I KNOW IF I EVER DO,
    I WILL SAIL WITH ROYAL CARIBBEAN. THEY HAVE TRUE HEART…

  2. Lajeanne Leveton says:

    Great! WISH they’d allow pets in some rooms, maybe a section of the ship? all the time!

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