The severe flooding in South Carolina caused by Hurricane Joaquin has destroyed homes and businesses and displaced Midlands residents. It has also displaced pets who are now lost and confused and in need of rescue.
According to an October 6 report by Greenville Online, Greenville County Animal Care Services is doing their part to help dozens of dogs and cats from animal shelters in the Charleston and Columbia areas where flood damage has left the shelters inoperable.
“Greenville County Animal Care is proud to provide temporary housing and support to the displaced animals of the tragic South Carolina flooding. Starting last night and lasting as long as needed, Animal Care is working with public and private rescue groups in the Columbia and Charleston areas providing care for dogs and cats. Many of these animals will be heading off to other facilities across the Southeast, but will receive outstanding love and care in Greenville County as they begin their new journey. The animals come from shelters that are damaged and inoperable due to the flooding or from facilities that due to the situation don’t have staff or supplies available.”
The Humane Society of the United States is coordinating rescue efforts as a result of the floods that dumped as much as 24 inches of rain between Columbia and Charleston. The damaged shelters are being assessed and supplies and services provided to help in community recovery.
Animals began arriving at Greenville County Animal Care Services Monday night. Tuesday morning 23 dogs from the Lee County Animal Shelter were loaded into carriers and taken to Atlanta Humane Society for adoption.
Additional displaced animals will be coming into the hub set up at the Greenville shelter before being transported to one of the more than 200 Humane Society Emergency Placement Partners. These partners are animal agencies who work with the Humane Society in finding homes for animals displaced during emergencies. Until this emergency in South Carolina has ended, Greenville County Animal Care Services will do their part to help displaced cats and dogs find a loving forever home.