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Raining Cats And Dogs: Florida Shelters Fly Animals To Columbus Before Hurricane

Anthony Rathbun/Human Society of the United States

Just in time to escape the coming hurricane, a plane full of potential pets is set to arrive in Columbus from south Florida on Friday evening.

The Humane Society of the United States is transporting more than 160 adoptable dogs and cats from the area, set to be hit by Hurricane Irma over the weekend.

Kim Alboum, director of the society’s emergency placement partner program, says they’re working to ensure animals stay safe during Hurricane Irma.

“The animal shelters in Florida are beginning to evacuate obviously—they’ve been watching the storm," Alboum says. "And what they want to do is they want to evacuate their animals that are already homeless from the shelter, so that they can make room for community pets that are displaced.”

That way, those community pets can be reunited with their owners once the storm has passed.

The animals flown to Columbus will be dispersed throughout shelters throughout the state as well as Indiana and Kentucky, where they can be adopted by locals.

GreaterGood.org and Wings of Rescue funded the trip to Ohio. Similar transports were arranged before Hurricane Harvey hit Houston.

Clare Roth was former All Things Considered Host for 89.7 NPR News. She joined WOSU in February of 2017. After attending the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, she returned to her native Iowa as a producer for Iowa Public Radio.