Man Rescues 64 Dogs and Cats From South Carolina on a School Bus

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Published: September 17, 2018

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Tennessee man Tony Alsup used his big yellow school bus to evacuate 64 dogs and cats from the path of Hurricane Florence.

A few days before the storm, Alsup drove his school bus to animal shelters across four South Carolina cities--North Myrtle Beach, Dillon, Georgetown and Orangeburg--in hopes of collecting “leftovers,” or what he calls the animals left behind.

“It’s so easy for people to adopt the small pets and the cuties and the cuddly,” Alsup tells Greenville News. “We take on the ones that deserve a chance even though they are big and a little ugly. But I love big dogs, and we find places for them.”

Alsup, a truck driver, loaded 53 dogs and 11 cats onto his school bus and took them to an animal shelter in Foley, Alabama. These animals are to be sent to rescues across the nation.

This isn’t the first time Alsup rescued pets from a hurricane zone. Over the past year, Alsup traveled to Texas and Florida, and flew to Puerto Rico to help evacuate shelter pets.

So where did he get the bus? Alsup purchased the school bus for $3,200 after promising a shelter he would transport pets to safety during Hurricane Harvey. There were more pets in need than he thought, so he bought a bus in order to accommodate them. And the rest is history.

“I love it,” Alsup tells the outlet. “People don’t believe me, they say it’s got to be barking crazy. But no. They know I’m the Alpha dog and I’m not here to hurt them.”

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