Abandoned animals that survived Hurricane Irma arrive in Williamsburg

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (WAVY) – Two local shelters in Williamsburg took in 15 dogs that were affected by Hurricane Irma.

The dogs were transported to Williamsburg on Saturday. Homes Fur Hounds and the Heritage Humane Society worked closely with the Miami/Dade Animal Shelter and a Richmond-based rescue group to bring the dogs to Williamsburg.

“Heritage Humane Society is proud to be working together with other area shelters and Homes for Hounds Rescue to relieve the pressure of the abundance of misplaced pets in Florida shelters,” says Darci VanderSlik, Marketing Manager of Heritage Humane Society.

Photos: Rescued Animals from Irma

The dogs were found abandoned, before the storm arrived. Many were left to survive the storm alone, with many of them tied to trees. They were taken into Florida shelters, no one claimed them for ten days, and that’s why they were transported here to the Williamsburg Heritage Humane Society.

“When we got the call, we dropped everything to help as many as we could. We are fortunate to have so many caring people who give their time and money to enabled us to help these fifteen dogs find homes,” says Deanna and Tom Cosby, owners of Homes Fur Hounds.

The dogs will be placed up for adoption after they are fully vetted by their medical and animal behavior team.

Kimberly Laska is the Heritage Humane Society Executive Director and says the Hurricane Irma rescues are just a fraction of the animals they take in every year.

“We have transferred in more than 280 animals so far this year from all over,” said Laska. “Please come out and adopt.”

If interested in adopting one of the dogs, please email info@heritagehumanesociety.org.