Displaced Hurricane Irma Pets Find Safe Havens Up North

PetMD Editorial
Published: September 28, 2017
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On Sept. 27, nine dogs and one cat made the long journey from Lebanon, Tennessee, all the way to Philadelphia. 

These animals were all displaced by Hurricane Irma, and with the help of the Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF) and the Pennsylvania SPCA, they were transported to safe havens up north. 

Driven by ARF volunteer Jim Medd, the displaced pets arrived by van in carriers at the Philadelphia location of the PA SPCA. Some of the pets will be transported to other shelters in the region.

All of the dogs will be quarantined for two weeks to ensure their health and the health of the other animals at the facility, and then they will be available for adoption. (The lone kitty, a 2-year-old domestic shorthair named Mikado, is ready for adoption at the Philly shelter.) 

CEO Julie Klem says the PA SPCA is "proud to help these animals in need." She hopes that local animal lovers looking to adopt a new pet will consider them, or other adoptable pets at the shelter, so they can continue to make room for other displaced pets who are being moved out of harm's way. 

Read more: Natural Disaster Planning for Pets