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Rescuers Race to Get Dogs to Safety During Icy Winter Storm

As millions of Americans braced for icy temperatures, Animal rescuers raced to get animals in outdoor kennels to safety in advance of the storm. In the South, neither people nor animals are used to freezing temperatures. With high winds and freezing temperatures, animals outdoors are at risk.  As the winter storm swept across the country, FUR made an urgent post asking for help with multiple pups from Union County Animal Control. Not only were they almost full and facing the possibility of having to euthanize for space, we have multiple nights over the next few days where temperatures will fall below freezing and these pups were in outdoor kennels with minimal protection from the elements.

We always say that it takes a village and once again, our village came through! SAFE Pet Rescue Inc. took Isaac and Nelson, and London Sanctuary took Gracie. Mercy Full Project took Ryland, Scarlett, Mama and Windy. Silas, Chrissy and Edwin have a temporary reprieve.

Silas went to Palm Valley Veterinary Center for treatment of some leg injuries and will be boarded there through the cold spell. Chrissy and Edwin will be boarded at Pet Paradise until the weather warms up. Pet Paradise has also graciously offered to board a few of our pups going to other rescues until transport can be secured.

As always, a group of volunteers and supporters jumped into action to help.

Special thanks to Jessica Arsenault for making the trip out to Union to help transport back to Pet Paradise, and to Bridgett and Bartow from Union County for running around all day to get them vaccinated, and then to help transport them to boarding.

Also a huge thank you to Joe Wright for transporting the 3 pups to Mercy Full Project in Tampa. Joe adopted our FUR baby Abaco almost 4 years ago to the day, and he was in Orlando on his honeymoon. He made the round trip back to Jacksonville and then to Tampa to help get these pups safe.

Thank you Beth Graham for transporting an injured hound Silas from Pet Paradise to Palm Valley Veterinary Center.

Thanks again to Scott, the resort manager at Pet Paradise Fleming Island for taking care of these sweet pups, and James Powers, who helped backstop our plan despite constant changes.

Thank you to our Valerie Losego, Jana Andrews and Susan Merrill for working the phones and helping to look for a plan for these dogs.

Thank you to Nancye Frank of Friends of Union County Animals-FOUCA for helping network and coordinate with other rescues!

Finally, thank you to Mary Merrill, E.j. Taylor, and Friends of Union County Animals for sponsoring these dogs, and to everyone else who donated to help cover boarding expenses.

𝗢𝗻𝗲 𝗗𝗼𝗴 𝗔𝗹𝗼𝗻𝗲 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗖𝗼𝗹𝗱

Even after we thought we had cleared the shelter, we learned there was one dog still there. Piper was supposed to be reclaimed, but the owner never showed. Late yesterday afternoon they finally responded, saying they were just going to surrender her. In the meantime, Piper was alone in the cold.

Union County ACO Melanie took her back to the vet for vaccinations, and then on to Pet Paradise, where she’s boarding with Chrissy and Edwin through the weekend.

Team work really does make the dream work and we are so blessed to have each and every one of you on our team. If you would like to help us help more pups in situations like this, please consider a donation or becoming one of our monthly donors. We really couldn't do it without you!


Sick and injured animals need help fast. Every donation helps, but Monthly donors give us flexibility to respond immediately when there is an emergency. When there is a hoarding case or a hurricane, a dog with a gunshot wound or a cruelty case, we have to act quickly. We don't have time to do a fundraiser, and wait for those funds to get to us. Your monthly donation can help us save lives again and again. To learn more, please visit:

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