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Hurricane Dorian Response

Last September, Hurricane Dorian made landfall in the Bahamas as a powerful Category 5 Hurricane, triggering massive flooding that left entire neighborhoods underwater. Winds reached 185 mph with gusts up to 220, making Dorian one of the strongest Atlantic storms on record. Early reports reveal unprecedented, catastrophic damage leaving as many as 70,000 people homeless. Though not as powerful, the hurricane proceeded along the coasts of the Southeastern United States, leaving behind considerable damage in those regions.

Thanks to your donations and help from our partners on the ground, we responded to requests for food distribution and supplies for the people and pets affected.

“Words cannot explain how grateful we are. We thank all the donors, whoever they are. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts,” Rachel Dean said. Dean was one of our on-the-ground responders distributing supplies on the island. Her and her cousin, Julie Wood, witnessed first-hand the storms’ aftermath, including their own homes.

Julie recalled seeing a woman and her companion sharing a pair of shoes after losing everything in their home and helping a boy who appeared to have no clothing of his own adding that while their own houses were leaking, they were thankful they still had a roof over their heads.

“We did the best we could do with what we had and luckily it was enough,” Wood added.

A relief flight delivering water, animal transport crates, and other supplies needed to evacuate pets safely landed in Freeport Grand Bahama later that week. These supplies were used for a life-saving flight the next day carrying all the surviving dogs and cats from the Humane Society of Grand Bahama. The dogs were transferred to Helping Animals Live and Overcome (HALO) Rescue in Sebastion, FL and the cats continued their journey to St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center in New Jersey.

During this time, our team heard more amazing stories, including Rocko’s. Following the storm, the floodwaters were so high that Rocko’s owner had to flee to a shelter to survive. Unfortunately, due to shelter rules, Rocko was not able to go into the shelter so his owner had to leave him behind. He thought he would never see his companion again until 8 days after the storm he heard a scratching on the door that sounded like Rocko’s normal indicator to come inside. Curiosity led him to the door and there was Rocko, happily wagging his tail. Our team supplied him with a 6-month supply of flea and tick preventative and Heartgard for which they both were grateful.

Stories from those on the ground continue to come in and we’ll share them with you as they come in.

To see a full list of grants awarded check out our Initial Response Page here.