As Hurricane Florence approaches the East Coast, officials are preparing for what could be the aftermath, the Humane Society of Washington County is already lending a helping hand.
“They reached out and said, ‘We are trying to evacuate shelters in the South: North and South Carolina, and Virginia, that are going to be affected by the storm and if you have availability and space on your adoption floor, Can you please help out,'” said Noel Fridgen, of the Humane Society of Washington County.
Six dogs and 10 cats arrived this week to Hagerstown from the Portsmouth Humane Society in Virginia.
Officials said by evacuating these animals, they are able to make room to take care of others cats and dogs that could be displaced during the hurricane.
“We are just giving them a few days to rest and get them used to their new environment and this new shelter in Hagerstown,” said Fridgen.
Most of the animals are on the adoption floor already as they continue their journey to find a forever home.
The Humane Society of Washington County is providing adopters with a complimentary health visit at a participating veterinarian for their new family member.