PAWS Chicago Rescues Shelter Animals From Hurricane Michael

Many of the cats and dogs will be available for adoption in a couple of days.

Bernie Tafoya
October 17, 2018 - 11:33 am

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRAIDO) -- Dozens of four-legged survivors of Hurricane Michael arrived Wednesday in Chicago and many of them will be available for adoption in a couple of days.  

Cheers greeted two PAWS Chicago vans as they arrived in the Little Village neighborhood loaded with 11 dogs and 24 cats from the Florida Panhandle. 

One of the dogs was especially curious as he was brought out of a van.

"Are you ready to say 'hi' to your new world? Oh, wait 'til you see Chicago," said one handler.

PAWS Chicago senior director of animal operations Stacy Price said the animals have "been through so much stress so, to be able to take them in now, give them a warm blanket, snuggles from our volunteers, just really warms your heart."

Price said it's "amazing" PAWS Chicago was able to take in the animals so good homes could be provided for them.

"We’re so happy to have them here. It’s been a long trip, around 22 hours…so we’re really excited to get a good meal in them and get them seen by our medical staff," she said.

Price said the one thing PAWS made sure of is that the animals came from a shelter ready for adoption.  They were not pets waiting for their owners to find them.

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PAWS Chicago founder Paula Fasseas saids a couple of the animals are injured.

"One of them had a jaw broken…a cat….and a dog was hit by a car. We were able to take them where a lot of shelters can’t do that," she said.

Fasseas said most of the animals will be able for adoption in the next couple of days. Some will need foster care as they deal with the injuries or, in the case of a couple of dogs, kennel cough, and upper respiratory infections for a couple of cats.