As Hurricane Florence inches closer to the Carolinas, animal activists in North Central Florida are making an effort to rescue pets out of harm's way.
Wags in Ocala, Faithful Friends Rescue And Rehoming in Gainesville, The Humane Society Of Marion County, and Suwannee County Animal Services have rescued at least 90 animals from South Carolina.
Even with a hurricane looming in the ocean, Holli Miller, a volunteer for Suwannee County Animal Services hopped in her car and headed north to rescue more dogs from the Carolinas.
"You're looking at these dogs, they're standing there at the kennel doors, you're just like wow. Just one makes a difference,” Miller said.
It's a joint effort between several animal rescue groups in North Central Florida
Canines aren't the only ones being offered a temporary home, Florida Horse Park in Ocala is also opening its doors to horses, livestock and their owners.
"It's part of the family and it's just a way for them to know they have a safe place to come and necessary,” Jason Reynolds, Executive Director of Florida Horse Park, said.
The park has 500 acres and more than 300 available stalls.
Florida Horse Park can be contacted at 352-307-6699.
Pages like South Carolina Animal Evacuation, started by Suwannee County Animal Services, can now be found as a public group on Facebook. The page shows animals that are being brought to shelters in North Central Florida and will be up for adoption.
They anticipate taking in many more animals and ask anyone who wants to help to visit the South Carolina Animal Evacuation Facebook page to find out what is needed.
A GoFundMe page is also set up, https://www.gofundme.com/animals-of-hurricane-florence