Humane Society of the Palm Beaches

Media Alert - In the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League and Palm Beach County Animal Care & Control to fly an nearly 200 dogs and cats to Northern Shelters

September 13, 2017

MEDIA ALERT: September 14, 2017

Media Contact: Cara MacVane

In the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League and Palm Beach County Animal Care & Control to fly an nearly 200 dogs and cats to Northern Shelters.

Who:     Palm Beach County Animal Care & Control and Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League have been working side by side as the lead agencies for Irma rescue efforts before during and after the storm

What:    Thanks to the ASPCA and Wings of Rescue, they have arranged for the transport of currently up-for-adoption pets to make room for owner surrendered, abandoned and/or lost animals from Hurricane Irma

Where: PBC Animal Care and Control, 7100 Belvedere Road, West Palm Beach
            Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League, 3200 N. Military Trail, West Palm Beach

When:  Palm Tran buses will gather approximately 100 pets at 7 a.m. Thursday morning for transport to Palm Beach International Airport for flight north by Wings of Rescue. The first flight will be loaded with animals at 8am. The other flight is planned for Friday and will be transporting approximately 55 Animal Care & Control animals to New York. (As part of this endeavor, some dogs were flown on Wednesday, September 13, 2017.)

Why:  The dogs, cats and kittens will be traveling to Massachusetts, New Hampshire and New York shelters to be placed in good homes and to free up space at Peggy Adams and Animal Care & Control. We are working diligently to locate and reunite pets displaced during Hurricane Irma with their families.

 

How to Help: In the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, too many animals have been lost and abandoned here in Palm Beach County.  The number is growing each day. Like so many people in Palm Beach County, Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League lost power during the peak of the storm.  We are currently operating on generator power to provide urgent medical care, food and shelter to more than 900 dogs, cats, puppies and kittens. We are working side-by-side with Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control today to save lives and reunite lost pets with their families.

You can help! Please donate to help animals here in our community today. Please donate at PeggyAdams.org/Irma or text Peggy to 41444 or volunteer to provide temporary foster care for either shelter.

 


About Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League

The Mission of the Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League of the Palm Beaches, Incorporated is to provide shelter to lost, homeless and unwanted animals, to provide spay and neuter and other medical services for companion animals, and to care for, protect, and find quality homes for homeless and neglected companion animals, to advocate animal welfare, community involvement and education to further the bond between people and animals.

For more information, visit PeggyAdams.org or call 561-472-8845

The League is an independent nonprofit animal rescue organization operating continuously since 1925.

COUNTDOWN 2 ZERO INITIATIVE with Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control

All programs at Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League support the Countdown 2 Zero (C2Z) initiative and its goal of saving all adoptable animals in Palm Beach County.  C2Z was launched by Peggy Adams in 2014 in partnership with Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control (PBCACC).  As part of the C2Z effort, Peggy Adams and PBCACC host the Annual Countdown 2 Zero Mega-Adoption Event which brings together more than 30 local rescue groups and features more than 500 adoptable animals.  The 2017 event will take place on Saturday, October 14th at the Palm Beach County Convention Center.  For more information, please visit Countdown2Zero.org

About Wings Of Rescue

Wings of Rescue is a 501c(3)  charity that has flown to date, 26,000 dogs and cats from high intake and/or high-kill shelters to no kill shelters and ultimately new homes.  Each Wings of Rescue flight costs thousands of dollars, and it costs on average $100 per pet to safety.  The charity relies entirely on donations to fly its life-saving missions.  To donate, please visit: wingsofrescue.org/donate

About the ASPCA and this effort

The ASPCA has been on the ground in Florida and South Carolina assisting with pre-evacuation, relocation and emergency sheltering efforts for animals impacted by Hurricane Irma. As part of these efforts, the ASPCA is assisting in relocating hundreds of unowned shelter animals impacted by Hurricane Irma to shelters and rescue groups throughout the country. The ASPCA is covering the cost of the transport to allow Wings of Rescue to transport 187 animals from Palm Beach County AC&C and Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League to shelters in the Northeast. These relocation efforts will allow the local shelter and rescue group to make space for lost pets following the storm. The shelter animals will be transported to Second Chance Animal Shelter in Massachusetts, Mohawk Hudson Humane Society in New York, and the New Hampshire SPCA, where they will be made available for adoption. ASPCA.org

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Note to Media: If you are interested in covering this story at the Airport, please call Seth Mager at 561-683-4121 or email seth.mager@atlanticaviation.com to obtain security clearance from Atlantic Aviation.

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