In the wake of the destruction left behind by Hurricane Ian, PAWS Chicago has arrived in the city with over 50 pets from areas affected by the storm.
Chicago shelter workers and volunteers moved in to accommodate animals that were already in shelters in areas hardest hit by the storm, making room for the influx of animals displaced by the hurricane. . Rescuers worked to help empty shelters damaged or struggling with collapsing infrastructure.
Shelters like the Gulf Coast Humane Society in Fort Myers had to close due to power outages and a lack of water and staff.
“These shelters expect an inevitable second wave of overcrowding and have asked PAWS Chicago to return in the coming days,” PAWS Chicago said in a statement.
The animals were brought to the Chicago facility’s medical center on Tuesday, where each animal was to undergo a medical examination, care, vaccinations, microchipping and neutering or neutering surgeries as needed. After being medically cleared, the animals will then be available for adoption at the Lincoln Park Adoption Center.
Those who want to help save storm-affected animals can get involved in the following ways, according to PAWS:
- Donate to help fund travel costs and medical care for the rescue.
- Sign up to foster a pet to help alleviate the trauma that pets can experience upon arriving at a shelter.
- Consider adopting a homeless pet.
The death toll from Hurricane Ian topped 100 in Florida on Tuesday as efforts to search for anyone trapped inside flooded and damaged homes continued.
One hundred and four people have been confirmed dead statewide as a result of Ian, NBC News reported. The highest number of deaths rose to 54 in Lee County. Ian made landfall last Wednesday, devastating Fort Myers, Sanibel and Pine Islands.
Previously, PAWS Chicago has stepped up after natural disasters to help affected animals. Last year, the shelter took in more than 40 dogs affected by Hurricane Ida.