Reporting Ted Scouten
FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) — When Tropical Storm, now Hurricane, Isaac blew into the barnyard, it sent several animals on a Davie farm searching for higher and drier ground.
“This is Stewart’s temporary home,” said Kathy Carter as she pets Stewart inside a storage shed on her farm.
But for ten horses here, it wasn’t so easy. All the farms around the area are water logged, leaving horse pastures surrounded by water.
“This is the most water I’ve ever seen since I’lived here,” Carter said. “Normally this is their yard. This is where they hang out and eat grass and relax and play, but they can’t be out here because of all this water. It’s not good for their feet.”
While Carter’s animals were protected, others in the path of a hurricane faced a more perilous outcome. That’s why the Humane Society of South Mississippi is not taking any chances with Hurricane Isaac heading in their direction.
The shelter, which is located in Gulfport, sent dogs and cats to North Shore Animal League in New York, the Atlanta Humane Society in Georgia and 27 dogs are coming to the Humane Society of Broward County (HSBC).
The dogs, being transported to South Florida by the ASPCA, left Mississippi at 11:00 p.m. on Monday and are scheduled to arrive in South Florida Tuesday afternoon around 1:00 p.m.
“These are pets that didn’t have families,” said Cherie Wachter of the HSBC. “They were at the shelter before the storm, so they are homeless animals. They have no one that’s rushing to adopt them, especially with a storm coming.”
Once the dogs arrive from their 775 mile journey, they’ll be given the opportunity to rest and then hopefully by Thursday they will be available for adoption.
If you’re interested in adopting any of the dogs from Mississippi, visit the website www.humanebroward.com for pictures of the dogs, directions to the shelter and information on how to make a donation.
The shelter is located at 2070 Griffin Road, just west of I-95. Adoptions open daily at 10:00 a.m.