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St. Hubert's Madison Takes in 123 Tampa Dogs and Cats as Hurricane Irma Hits Florida

St. Hubert's Animal Welfare Center flew 78 dogs into Morristown airport Aug. 28 as part of a Hurricane Harvey relief effort. Credits: St. Hubert's Animal Welfare Center
St. Hubert's assisted in the rescue of thousands of animals affected by natural disasters in the past year. Credits: Lindsay Ireland

MADISON, NJ – St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center of Madison on Saturday took in 48 dogs and 75 cats from Tampa to make room for Florida animals displaced by Hurricane Irma.

The Sunshine State animals were airlifted to Morristown Airport and arrived at the St. Hubert’s Madison campus Saturday at approximately 5 p.m., where they ate, slept and exercised before being transferred to other shelters throughout the Northeast region.

All 75 cats spent Friday night in Madison before many were transported yesterday via the Feline Pipeline program to shelters across New England.

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St. Hubert’s said it accepted 232 animals affected by Hurricane Harvey and Irma this past weekend and helped coordinate all transfers.

Organized by the Humane Society of the United States with support from Wings of Rescue, Friday’s transport is part of St. Hubert’s WayStation program, a coordination of 58 animal welfare organizations in the eastern U.S.

In the past year this effort helped nearly 4,000 canines, according to program founder Heather Cammisa.

The welfare center also assisted in the rescue of more than 100 Texas dogs affected by Hurricane Harvey, including a ground transport of about 30 canines that arrived in Madison on Thursday, Sept. 7.

Other WayStation disaster relief efforts include the transport of about 100 North Carolina dogs and cats displaced by Hurricane Matthew and 133 more canines left without homes following the 2016 California wildfires.

Sister shelters scheduled to accept animals include:

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