Animal shelters across S.C. join forces ahead of Hurricane Matthew

Animal shelters across S.C. join forces ahead of Hurricane Matthew

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - As Hurricane Matthew approaches, workers at area shelters are working together to safeguard shelter animals.

Charleston Animal Society personnel helped Francis R. Willis SPCA in Dorchester County Wednesday, CAS CEO Joe Elmore said.

Elmore said 52 animals from Dorchester county were prepared to be transported by the Humane Society of the United States on Thursday.

Forty-five volunteers are on standby to help with area pet evacuations or other needs at the Charleston Animal Society, he said.

Workers from the SPCA Albrecht Center for Animal Welfare in Aiken and the York Humane Society will take animals at Charleston Animal Society out of the potential strike zone for Hurricane Matthew.

"We are overwhelmed by these gestures of support and compassion for our animals," Elmore said. "These organizations took the time and made the effort to drive all this way, even with the lane closures coming, to get these animals to safer ground."

"These are all God's creatures. 'Dog' is 'God' spelled backward. They are all precious," SPCA Albrecht Center for Animal Welfare CEO Barbara Nelson said.

The Aiken-based rescue took 24 dogs from the Charleston Animal Society. The York Humane Society took 15 cats and three dogs in their rescue effort.

An additional 107 foster families are keeping shelter animals during the duration of Hurricane Matthew's impact on the storm.

The Charleston Animal Society is posting pet-related information and updates on Hurricane Matthew at and Facebook.

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