BVSPCA helps relieve enormous pressure on Florida Panhandle animal shelters

“We're going to be taking in 100 cats that have been displaced by Hurricane Michael."

Andrew Kramer
October 14, 2018 - 8:31 pm

Photos provided by Brandywine Valley SPCA


PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- The Brandywine Valley SPCA is opening its doors to help relieve the enormous pressure on Florida animal shelter, left behind by Hurricane Michael.

“We're going to be taking in 100 cats that have been displaced by Hurricane Michael," said Linda Torelli with the BVSPCA.

She says after the cats arrive, in Wilmington, they will be transported to the new BVSPCA Rescue & Rehab Center, in Georgetown.

She hopes, by bringing the cats north, they will help make room in the Florida shelters for the felines displaced by the storm.

“One of the most important things we're trying to accomplish is making sure pets lost during the hurricane can stay near their homes to be reclaimed,” she said. “So we're moving out pets that were in the shelter.”

Torelli says once these cats are available for adoption you have the chance to save two live.

"You're saving the life of the animal in our shelter right now, and you're saving the life we're then able to bring in from harm’s way down in the hurricane zone," she said.

Although the BVSPCA Rescue & Rehab Center is not officially open, this type of relief is familiar territory.

"Within the past month, we've also taken 239 animals from the area impacted by Hurricane Florence."

And while this particular mission is cats only, Torelli says she expects they will be bringing in dogs from Florida at some point as well.