SPCA again rescuing animals from hurricane-struck region

Brandywine Valley SPCA was due on Monday to receive 100 cats in an airlift rescue from Florida shelters struggling after Hurricane Michael. The cats were to be transported to the SPCA’s new Rescue & Rehab Center in Georgetown (formerly the site of the Safe Haven shelter).

The multi-organization rescue mission was led by the Brandywine Valley SPCA and the Jacksonville Humane Society, in collaboration with Best Friends Animal Society and Wings of Rescue.

“Hurricane Michael has displaced countless pets and placed enormous pressures on animal shelters in the Florida panhandle,” said Linda Torelli, director of Marketing & Programs for the BVSPCA. “It is essential for lost pets to have a regional sheltering option to, hopefully, be reunited with their families. To make space in local shelters for lost family pets, the BVSPCA is partnering with Jacksonville Humane Society to relocate animals already in panhandle shelters prior to the storm.”

After the cats’ arrival in Georgetown, the BVSPCA team was set to do intake and evaluate the cats. Within a few days, they were expected to move to BVSPCA and partner shelters throughout the Northeast to be adopted.

This is the second time in a month that the BVSPCA opened the Rescue & Rehab Center to assist with disaster relief. Last month, the BVSPCA took in 239 shelter animals impacted by Hurricane Florence. The BVSPCA purchased the Rescue & Rehab Center in June and expects the center to open for its regular use in the first quarter of 2019, Torelli said.

The public can support the rescue mission and the opening of the Rescue & Rehab Center by making a donation at https://bvspca.org/hurricanehub-michael.

Founded in 1929, the Brandywine Valley SPCA is the first open-admission no-kill shelter in Pennsylvania and Delaware. In 2017, the BVSPCA cared for more than 14,000 stray, owner-surrendered, wayward owned, and abused and neglected animals while achieving a 96 percent live release rate.

The BVSPCA provides animal protective services for Chester County and much of Delaware County in Pennsylvania, and it holds a five-year contract with the Delaware Office of Animal Welfare to provide state-wide animal services for dogs.

Animals are placed through four adoption centers: the West Chester Campus, the New Castle Campus, the Georgetown Campus and a PetSmart Everyday Adoption Center in Dover. In addition, the BVSPCA provides families with safety-net and low-cost veterinary services at its three clinic locations: the Malvern Animal Health Center, the New Castle Animal Health Center and the Georgetown Animal Health Center.