Whether it’s Winter Storms or Hurricanes, Animal Rescuers Race to Save Dogs in Danger

A puppy kicked out into the freezing cold. A stray dog trying to survive on the icy streets. Dogs stuck in outdoor kennels in a rural shelter. All at risk in dangerously cold weather. 

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Jan. 24, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — A five month old puppy was kicked out into the winter weather as sub-freezing temperatures swept across the country. When she went to another house looking for help, they literally kicked her down the stairs. A neighbor saw what happened and reached out to Florida Urgent Rescue (FUR) for help. 

When the FUR team heard about Sophie, they jumped into action to save her. She was immediately taken to the vet to get checked out and is now warm and recovering in a foster home. Sophie was covered in fleas, she has a hernia, possibly from being kicked, and shes sick from being out in the cold. Despite all shes been through, she knows shes safe now and shes a happy girl. 

Animals at Risk in Cold Weather
As millions of Americans braced for icy temperatures from winter storms, rescuers raced to get animals to safety. In the South, neither people nor animals are used to freezing temperatures. With high winds and bitterly cold temperatures, animals outdoors are at risk. 

Florida Urgent Rescue worked with rescue groups throughout the state to help evacuate dogs from outdoor kennels in a rural Union County Shelter. The Mercy Full Project in Tampa took in four dogs, SAFE Pet Rescue in St. Augustine took in two, and London Sanctuary in Macclenny took in one. Friends of Union County Animals worked with FUR to help coordinate with the other rescue groups. 

Pet Paradise, a popular chain of luxury boarding resorts, has worked with FUR to provide emergency housing for animals during numerous hurricanes and the Kentucky Tornado. As Winter Storm Heather approached, Pet Paradise once again helped FUR, acting as a temporary way station and boarding the remaining dogs who didnt have a plan. One dog with injured paws went to board at Palm Valley Veterinary Center. 

In addition to rescuing Sophie and clearing the outdoor shelter, FUR also took in several other dogs during the winter storm, including another stray dog who was freezing on the streets, a senior with medical problems, and two scared dogs in a different rural shelter. 

“The problems are the same, whether it’s a winter storm, a hurricane or another disaster,” said Mike Merrill, Founder and Executive Director of FUR. “Animals are in danger and they need our help.”

About Florida Urgent Rescue
In addition to running a foster-based rescue, FUR has helped rescue animals around the globe. The FUR Urgent Transport Program has provided disaster relief during numerous emergencies, including 14 hurricanes and natural disasters. 

FUR teams completed multiple rescue missions on the ground in Ukraine, in Turkey after the devastating Hatay earthquake, in the Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian and in Kentucky after the deadly tornado.

Florida Urgent Rescue is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, and FUR earned a Four-Star Rating on Charity Navigator, the highest possible rating. FUR also received a 2023 Candid Platinum Seal of Transparency by Guidestar, and is a 2023 Top Rated Nonprofit on Great Nonprofits. 

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SOURCE Florida Urgent Rescue