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Heritage Humane Society Assists in Rescue of Hurricane Florence’s Four Legged Victims
Submitted by Darci VanderSlik

HHSA image(WILLIAMBSURG - VA) -- On Monday, September 24, the Heritage Humane Society (HHS) assisted in the rescue and transport of pets displaced by Hurricane Florence. A total of 15 animals are being transported to the Heritage Humane Society in Williamsburg, VA for medical care and adoption into loving homes.

"Immediately upon hearing the outcry for help, it was clear that we needed to take part. We are proud to be working with area shelters to relieve the pressure of the abundance of misplaced pets in shelters affected by the storm. Their desperate calls for transport help was impossible to ignore," said Kimberly Laska, Executive Director of HHS. "As soon as we received the call to assist, our team jumped into action to make this rescue possible."

These pets were not owned, and were currently up for adoption in the shelters that needed to be evacuated as the storm water began to rise. Shelters needed help emptying their kennels for their safety, as well as to make room for local pets that may have been displaced from their homes.

"We do not know the condition in which the pets will be arriving, so our team is preparing for the worst and hoping for the best. We are grateful to be part of this rescue effort and to help ensure these adoptable pets will end up in loving homes," said Laska. "Right now what these animals need most is our medical care and attention. The Heritage Humane Society depends on private donations to provide the top-level care for the animals that need our help."

Tax-deductible donations towards the Heritage Humane Society's CARE Fund (used to provide care for pets with medical conditions/ emergencies) can be made online at:  or can be mailed to: Heritage Humane Society - CARE Fund 430 Waller Mill Rd, Williamsburg, VA 23185

Heritage Humane Society is a local, independent, open-admission shelter that receives more than 93 percent of its funding through private donations, and receives no funding from the Humane Society of the United States or the ASPCA. Since HHS is an open-admission shelter, no homeless pet is turned away from James City County, the City of Williamsburg, and York County District 1, based on age, breed, health or behavior.


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