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We are committed to providing professional and ethical relief services to the Bahamas following the devastation of Hurricane Dorian.
A state of emergency has been issued for our community and mandatory evacuations are in effect for Zones AB: the low-lying areas, including Hutchinson Island, Sewall's Point, and downtown Stuart. To learn more about evacuation information and to find your local shelter, please visit https://www.martin.fl.us/hurricane.
On Friday, August 30th, HSTC staff transported 57 of our shelter pets to the state's west coast. Bishop Animal Shelter - a fellow partner in the Best Friends Network - and Pasco County Animal Services both accepted our dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, gerbils, and even a rooster. This helped us clear our shelter in preparation to accept more animals from EOC and the public.
The Willoughby Learning Center is an available pet-friendly hurricane shelter for Martin County residents that will open on Sunday, September 1 at 1 pm. The Center is located at 5150 SE Willoughby Blvd. in Stuart and will accommodate up to 300 people and their pets.
To assist with the sheltering effort, the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast hosted a Public Clinic on Saturday, August 31. From 10 am to 2 pm, Martin County residents can bring their pets to our shelter for a rabies vaccination and micro-chip for only $10 each. You can also purchase your pet license for the county at our shelter. This is a great opportunity to help ensure the safety of your pets during the hurricane!
The Humane Society of the Treasure Coast is the designated pet shelter for Martin County in the event of a hurricane or other disaster. In the case of Hurricane Dorian, HSTC will accept pets for Martin County residents who will evacuate during the storm. If you are a Martin County resident evacuating your home, you are invited to board your pet at our shelter for the duration of the hurricane. Online pre-registration is required and is available here.
Emergency shelters in our county open at 1 pm on Sunday, September 1. In partnership with the Martin County EOC, HSTC will also begin boarding pets from the public at 1 pm on Sunday, September 1. We will continue to accept pets from the public until the storm begins, and board them throughout the duration of the storm.
In addition to the nearly 250 shelter animals that remained in our care, we also boarded an additional100+ pets from first-responders and mandatory evacuees from September 1st through the 3rd.
While our community was lucky not to have been severely impacted by Hurricane Dorian, the Bahamas was not so fortunate to escape the catastrohpic aftermath of the storm. Now that we have confirmed the security of our community's own pets, HSTC is committed to providing relief services to the Bahamas.
HSTC remains part of a multi-agency collaboration - including the Florida Association of Animal Welfare Organizations (FAAWO), University of Florida School of Veterinarian Medicine, and the Humane Society International - to provide animal welfare relief services in the Bahamas. It is our goal to remain responsible and professional in the way we approach our relief efforts; respecting both international laws and the wishes of the Bahamian Government. You can rest assured that HSTC will be part of the most reliable, dependable, reputable and ethical network of animal rescue efforts in the Bahamas.
There are specific isolation protocols recommended by veterinary professionals trained for disaster management and state/local authorities for animals rescued from the Bahamas and brought to the United States. Many of the island animals could have distemper, leptospirosis or other illnesses that are highly contagious to humans as well as animals. Please know that HSTC will continue to respect relevant guidelines and protocols to ensure the safe and humane transfer of all animals coming to the United States from the Bahamas, including providing animal quarantine for our rescues and following the advice of the professional veterinary community who are trained in disaster relief efforts.
In partnership with the appropriate Bahamian agencies, our network coordinated a flight of 50 dogs and 70 cats to fly from the Bahamas to Fort Lauderdale earlier this morning. HSTC President & CEO, Frank Valente, along with four additional HSTC staff members drove down to rescue 18 pets from this group, where 12 cats and six dogs were transported back to our shelter in Palm City. At least six additional dogs from the Bahamas will be flown in to Fort Lauderdale and transported to our shelter tomorrow. More flights of pets are expected to continue in the days that follow for shelters in our network to rescue.
You can view pictures of the September 16th rescue operation here.
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