Animal rescue asking for public’s help after taking in 44 dogs during Hurricane Matthew


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A local rescue took in 44 dogs seeking shelter from Hurricane Matthew. Now, they are calling for volunteers and need help rebuilding their destroyed facilities.

HF Helps Inc., a dog rescue in Charleston, evacuated with a truck full of canines Friday. But as they were in route, the shelter they planned to go to could no longer take the dogs. Stranded on the highway, the dogs had no place to go.

“It was dark, pouring rain, they were terrified,” Amy Miller, a volunteer, said. 

That’s when Shannon Meeham, owner of Dogs Day Out Pet Resort in Indian Trail, took in 44 furry storm refugees.

“If it wouldn’t have been for her, we would have all been in trouble, especially the dogs,” Miller said. 

Now, Meeham told FOX 46 Charlotte her biggest concern is finding more volunteers to help care for all the additional rescues. Meeham is also runs a grooming salon and stands as President of Carolina Great Pyreenes Rescue.  

“My staff can’t handle this many dogs, we are prepared for it on major holidays,” Meeham explained. “But this time of the year we are not prepared to handle this many dogs.”

Miller and a team of volunteers will travel to HF Helps Inc. in Ladson, South Carolina to help rebuild the dog kettles Hurricane Matthew damaged.

“They have lost a good chunk of their fence of their property, they’ve has a tree fall on the roof,” Meeham said. “They have got some flooding and internal damage to their facility.” 

Miller told FOX 46 Charlotte HF Helps Inc. takes great care of the dogs that other rescues won’t take, often dogs with medical and behavioral problems, or dogs old in age.  

“Rescue is supposed to be about people helping dogs and people helping people, but these guys step up for dogs every day that know else will help,” Miller said. “We have got to come together and make it happen.”

To sign up for volunteering with rescues at Dogs Day Out, CLICK HERE

To donate to rebuild HF Help Dog Rescue, CLICK HERE

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