Another Disaster Relief Mission for the BVSPCA's Rescue & Rehab Center
Posted: Oct 16, 2018 6:32 PM
By Mallory Metzner
(GEORGETOWN, Del.) - Last month the Brandywine Valley SPCA opened the doors to its new Rescue & Rehab Center early to help animals displaced by Hurricane Florence. Now they find themselves welcoming 100 cats and kittens through the doors for yet another disaster relief mission.
The Brandywine Valley SPCA is partnering with the Jacksonville Humane Society to relocate these animals from panhandle shelters up the coast to Delaware where they will eventually find new homes. Wings of Rescue airlifted these cats in to Wilmington, Delaware where they were then driven to the Brandywine Valley SPCA's Rescue & Rehab Center in Georgetown.
This mission is part of the Best Friends Animal Society's national disaster relief efforts. The goal is to help shelters in Florida make space so that lost family pets can be brought in and find their owners.
Walt Fenstermacher, Delaware Director for BVSPCA explains, "These animals were already in shelters that were in the areas affected by the hurricane. By bringing them to the northeast, it created a vacancy in the local shelters so that animals that were recently displaced by the storm could stay close to their families that are definitely looking for them."
The staff and volunteers at the Rescue & Rehab Center are getting these animals ready to be relocated to other shelters in the region.
"All of the animals when they arrived received medical evaluations and were given any vaccinations or treatment they may need. Some will be spayed and neutered and put up for adoption and others we hope to find homes for soon," says Fenstermacher.
This is the second disaster relief mission this center has been used for and it wasn't even expected to officially open until early next year. Last month 239 shelter animals impacted by Hurricane Florence were brought to safety here.
Fenstermacher continues, "It really did put a strain on our existing staff so we're looking to make some hires but we did have volunteers come in and they've been working dusk until dawn making sure the animals have the supplies they need."
Now those looking to adopt can save not one but two lives. Adopting a cat at one of the Brandywine Valley SPCA's shelters makes room for another to be brought here.
It's times like this when shelters need as much public support as they can get. Anyone interested in volunteering can visit https://bvspca.org and fill out an application. Donations can be made on the site as well.