PAWS Chicago Rescues Nearly 50 Animals From Hurricane Dorian

Ariel Parrella-Aureli
September 06, 2019 - 6:38 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- PAWS Chicago welcomed almost 50 animals from Florida who were affected by Hurricane Dorian, which has ravaged islands in The Bahamas and is heading for Florida's coast.

PAWS received two vans full of 34 dogs and 16 cats from the hurricane's impacted areas to the PAWS Chicago Medical Center, located at 3516 W. 26th Street in Chicago’s Little Village, according to Julia Poukatch, PAWS coordiantor.

The no-kill animal shelter rescued several dogs and cats who have heartworm, which requires months of medicine and care. All rescues will receive medical care before being available for adoption.

This rescue is part of a continued effort to help partners in their time of need, said the local shelter. (PAWS Chicago)

"As a continued effort to help partners in their time of need, PAWS Chicago is assisting Florida shelter partner, Nala’s New Life Rescue, who evacuated animals from high kill shelters to bring to safety at PAWS Chicago," PAWS said in a statement. "This effort focused on pets who had already been in the shelter prior to Dorian hitting, and on saving pets of families who, faced with losing everything, can no longer keep their animals."

At the Medical Center, each pet will be given complete medical care, vaccinations, microchips and spay/neuter surgeries as needed.  Once medically cleared, each pet will be available for adoption.

PAWS is asking for help to support their relief efforts and to donate to the cause. They are also looking for homes open to fostering and adopting during as the influx of animals continues to grow.