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Woman Charters Plane to Rescue 300 Animals Affected by Hurricane Irma
October 24 2017, 03:46 | Irvin Gilbert
Hero Woman Charters Plane to Rescue Cats and Dogs From Hurricane Maria's Path
Earlier in the week, the Miami-based cruise line Royal Caribbean International rerouted one of its ships to the U.S. Virgin Islands and the island of St. Martin in order rescue 304 people left behind in the storm - and 16 pets that belonged to them.
"We have had many donations from the United Kingdom travel industry, family and friends as well as from people who remain anonymous which I find hard as I really want to thank them".
The pets are being cared for at a Virginia farm. Many people have evacuated, but what happens to the animals?
Almost 400 dogs and cats were rescued from the Virgin Islands after Hurricane Irma and flown to Hampton Roads, Virginia on Wednesday. "She needs supplies, donations and help walking dogs".
On Tuesday, the 300 animals safely arrived in Norfolk, Virginia - some in cages marked with the note "I survived Hurricane Irma".
'I did it because it had to be done, ' she told the Pilot.
In a statement, the ASPCA said: "Moving that many animals is no easy task - each animal is examined by a veterinarian, behavior checks are performed, and since the animals are being transported out of state, health certificates are completed".
The Florida Health Department issued a message on Twitter before the storm hit, pleading with citizens to stick with their pets.
"I honestly, I was about to start crying", says Tinsley Sarrett, who helped bring the animals from the airport to the farm. They heard about the animals through social media, and didn't hesitate to help.
'It's so heartwarming seeing that our community is just coming together for this great cause, and wanting to help these dogs, they just need a home'. As the second hurricane loomed closer to the Caribbean islands, Gear knew she needed to act fast.
Almost 50 dogs had been rescued by state authorities in Florida before Irma even hit. "My family lost our business and we had to relocate because of it, so hurricanes have been a big part of my life and I understand how they can really devastate somebody and change their lives".