BOCA RATON (CBSMiami) – Some very lucky animals made their way to the Tri-County Humane Society Friday after escaping near certain death in the aftermath of the Moore, Oklahoma tornado last week.

Through the work of about five workers from the TCHS, more than 80 dogs and cats were brought to South Florida to find a new life.

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“Some of them were down to their last day, some were down to their last hours,” said Anthony Jackovich of the TCHS. “That day, some of them were going to go.”

Shelters began clearing out space for animals after the storm and they knew it was a race against time. So workers began hitting four shelters a day to try to help.

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“I didn’t think I was going to be taking kitties, but I just couldn’t leave them behind, like I couldn’t leave dogs behind so I grabbed as many as I could,” said Kim Spencer of the TCHS.

But the journey from tornado-ravaged Oklahoma to South Florida wasn’t an easy task. The animals were left in cramped confines for a 26-hour drive, making the trip quite difficult.

“You start where they get depressed, they get dehydrated, they get antsy, they start throwing up and getting diarrhea and everything so we had to get here as soon as possible,” said Spencer.

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If you’d like to find out more about the animals and how to adopt them, call the Tri-County Humane Society in Boca Raton at 561-482-8110 or visit

Ted Scouten