Animal Hero Rescues 64 Animals From Hurricane Florence [PIC]

One man took an old school bus, drove it over 400 miles to collect 64 shelter animals who were in the path of Hurricane Florence, and he’s heading back for more.

By DAVID on September 17, 2018
(Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Hurricane Florence is now a tropical depression, downgraded from the hurricane that crashed into the North and South Carolina coast. The storm has been wreaking havoc on the Carolinas for days, but is now breaking apart and subsiding.

The flooding has been a long lasting problem of the storm, with flooding happening hundreds of miles inland. The water has been displacing people and animals alike. This man, Tony Alsup, a trucker from Tennessee, wanted to help out. Shelters in the path of the storm couldn’t evacuate all the animals they needed to, and many were going to be put down. Enter Tony, who drove a school bus from Tennessee to South Carolina to pick up as many animals as he could.

That’s over 400 miles, one way, by the way. From his home in Greenback TN to Myrtle Beach, SC for example, is about 440 miles. That’s 440 miles without flooded roadways and detours. He made the trip, rescuing a total of 53 dogs and 11 cats from a few different shelters. A lot of those animals have since been rescued or taken to other shelters in a different state. Today, Monday the 17th, he’s making another trip. This time he’s trying to get to Wilmington, NC, where the roads are flooded and there are more shelters with animals.

Tony, hats off to you, good sir. Thanks for what you’re doing, and we hope you can make it to the coast this time. Check out some more information on Tony and his “Emergency Animal Rescue & Shelter” old school bus here.

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