Cats in Path of Hurricane Florence Rescued in Upstate NY
Hurricane Florence is not only affecting people but also family pets, pets for adoption and wild animals.
Myrtle Beach has relocated 29 cats and kittens to the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society with the hope of finding loving homes for them. Gail Hughes, the shelter’s chief of staff, told News 10 that they are prepared for moments like this.
“We love the animals, and a disaster is one of those moments...It’s the thing that we have to do.” [News 10]
The Humane Society tells News 10 that there could be even more animals coming north, depending on the need for space in South Carolina’s shelters.
Available pets up for adoption can be viewed, and donations can be made online at mohawkhumane.org.
What about the wild horses on North Carolina's Outer Banks?
The Facebook page of the Corolla Wild Horse Fund has lots of people praying for their safety. Wildlife experts tell CBS News they needn't worry. Wild horses are believed to have first settled on the Outer Banks hundreds of years ago and have survived many powerful storms.
Sue Stuska, a wildlife biologist, based at Cape Lookout National Seashore, where 118 wild horses live on Shackleford Banks, tells CBS the horses are highly sensitive to weather changes and instinctively know what to do in a storm.
"They go to higher ground during flooding, including the dunes, and head for shrub thickets and a maritime forest during high winds. Naturally, they are meant to be outside and they have high ground and they have thick places to hide...Don't worry about them. They've survived for hundreds of years, and we expect that they'll be just fine." [CBS News]