Woman charters a plane exclusively to rescue 300 dogs, cats

Woman charters a plane exclusively to rescue 300 dogs, cats

Woman charters a plane exclusively to rescue 300 dogs, cats

Donations and supplies are being collected in Napa and the surrounding area for hurricane victims in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Sali Gear, an animal lover who lives in Virginia Beach now, is actually from the Virgin Islands. Originally, she planned to fly groups of 20 animals gathered from St. Thomas, St. John and St. Croix up to the continental USA every day for a week following Irma's land fall.

Numerous animals are being cared for at Gear's Virginia Beach farm by 250 volunteers from the area. Many people have evacuated, but what happens to the animals?

400 cats and dogs descended on a Virginia Beach farm in the middle of the night. The animals landed safely in Norfolk, Virginia, around 2 a.m. on Tuesday.

"We did it because there was nobody else to do it, and the government didn't have a way to do it", Gear told Virginia TV station WAVY.

Almost 50 dogs had been rescued by state authorities in Florida before Irma even hit. Thankfully, volunteers who'd heard of the campaign on social media showed up to Gear's farm and helped her reintegrate the animals after their departure from the islands.

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According to Gear, the animals she helped rescue have been faring well since leaving the storm-battered islands.

In a statement, the ASPCA said: "Moving that many animals is no easy task - each animal is examined by a veterinarian, behavior checks are performed, and since the animals are being transported out of state, health certificates are completed".

"It's so heartwarming seeing that our community is just coming together for this great cause, and wanting to help these dogs, they just need a home", says Sarrett.

They padded the doors and prepared for the first hit from the storm. As the second hurricane loomed closer to the Caribbean islands, Gear knew she needed to act fast.

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. They reached the USA two days before Hurricane Maria hit.

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