PAWS Organization Fetching Pets Displaced By Michael

Rob Hart
October 15, 2018 - 3:29 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A team from a Chicago-based animal shelter is in Florida, helping homeless animals who survived Hurricane Michael.

The convoy from PAWS Chicago is working with a shelter in Gainesville, Florida that's taking in pets that were evacuated before Hurricane Michael slammed ashore. 

They will bring some of dogs and cats back to Chicago, where they will get medical treatment and a place to stay.

Sarah McDonald of PAWS says their volunteers have long helped shelters impacted by natural disasters.

"We've helped with Quincy and Iowa floods, and locally around here. We've also helped with Louisiana flooding and most recently with Harvey and Irma last year," McDonald said.

PAWS expects their volunteers to bring 40 to 50 dogs and cats back to Chicago. 

They will arrive at the PAWS facility in Little Village on Wednesday.

Editor's note: Assistant Producer Margaret Larkin contributed to this report.