Woman Charters Plane to Rescue 300 Animals Affected by Hurricane Irma

Woman Charters Plane to Rescue 300 Animals Affected by Hurricane Irma

Woman Charters Plane to Rescue 300 Animals Affected by Hurricane Irma

A Virginia woman has revealed how she rescued 400 stranded pets in just two days from the US Virgin Islands before Hurricane Maria struck.

Tourism officials for the British Virgin Islands have thanked the United Kingdom travel industry for its support following Hurricane Irma. Upon arrival, the pets were taken to Gear's farm, nearby shelters, new families or by other rescue organizations. U.S. Virgin Islands public water systems are now not in operational condition. "I'm exhausted emotionally, physically - but spiritually, I'm not", she told The Virginian-Pilot. Many people have evacuated, but what happens to the animals? Those 300-plus animals landed safely in Virginia on Tuesday evening; each of them had a note taped to their kennels that read, "I survived Hurricane Irma". Please be cautious with me.

They padded the doors and prepared for the first hit from the storm. She's focusing her relief efforts and fundraising drives on helping people get supplies specifically to their loved ones.

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'I honestly, I was about to start crying, ' said volunter Tinsley Sarrett. "It's so heartwarming seeing that our community is just coming together for this great cause, and wanting to help these dogs".

On Sept. 26, she loaded up a truck and a U-Haul and will drive some items down to Miami so they can be shipped to St. Croix. Later on in the day, she was back at the farm, hoping to adopt a dog of her own.

Finally, the furry refugees landed in the U.S. on Tuesday, where volunteers cared for them at Gear's farm while foster homes or relatives of their owners could be found.

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She had made multiple visits to the US Virgin Islands since Irma, and was appalled at the devastation - and at the now-homeless animals left to fend for themselves.

Sali Gear, co-founder of Island Dog Rescue, a group that specializes in saving dogs from the U.S. Virgin Islands is a true unsung hero for hundreds of animals stuck on the Islands.

Before and after the storm hit, Gear and a few friends worked to arrange for the animals to come to the states. "Island dogs are like that".

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