Mike Merrill got a lot of wet kisses and furry hugs as dogs from the flood-prone Clay County Animal Services shelter in Penney Farms got into his Florida Urgent Rescue van for a ride to safety ahead of Hurricane Dorian. Merrill, founder of the nonprofit Northeast Florida animal welfare organization, also known as FUR, and other group members transported dogs and cats from the Clay animal shelter Friday and Saturday to no-kill animal shelters in Georgia and Virginia. In addition, FUR was evacuating Union County shelter animals as Dorian advanced on Florida. Once the storm passes, Merrill said they plan to transport shelter animals from Putnam and Bradford counties after the hurricane passes Northeast Florida.
Jacksonville non-profit relocates dogs, cats to shelters in Georgia, Virginia ahead of Hurricane Dorian
CLAY COUNTY, Fla. — A Jacksonville non-profit is coming to the rescue of more than three dozen animals at Clay County Animal Services ahead of Hurricane Dorian. Florida Urgent Rescue is taking nine dogs and about 30 cats from the shelter and moving them to non-kill shelters in Virginia and Georgia. Founder and Executive Director Mike Merrill started the effort to rescue animals after Hurricane Harvey. Hurricane Dorian will be the sixth hurricane FUR has helped to relocate animals in other parts of the country. During Hurricanes Florence and Michael, FUR provided emergency evacuation and transport of more than 200 dogs and cats.