Kenny Chesney Helps Save Over A Thousand Dogs And Cats After Hurricane Irma

By Admin on August 3, 2018
Kenny Chesney (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
(Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)

Hurricane Irma devastated many islands last year, including St. John, where Kenny Chesney had a residence. So Kenny decided to spring into action to help out however he could. And one of those ways was to get as many animals of the islands as he could.

Kenny Chesney, along with his assistant Jill “literally cleaned out the animal shelters” in St. Thomas, St. John, St. Croix, Tortola, Jost Van Dyke and Vieques, Puerto Rico, according to People. They brought 1,400 cats and dogs to the United States thanks to partnerships with his Love for Love City Foundation, Victory Air and Big Dog Ranch Rescue. “That makes me feel incredible,” he said.

Sadly, Kenny’s own dog passed away shortly after he moved her from St. John to the US. She was an 18-year-old pit bull mix named Cookie. “On my next trip down [to St. John] we took her ashes and said goodbye and scattered them in the ocean. I didn’t want her to be buried anywhere else. I wanted her to be a part of the fabric of where she lived her whole life.” But, it was Cookie’s death that helped inspire his passion to help the animals from the islands.

“The post-Irma island was just a terrible existence and no place for a dog,” he told People. Meanwhile, fans have helped Kenny Chesney continue to raise money. Additionally, he plans to donate the proceeds from his latest album Song for Saints to his Love for Love City Foundation.

Many of the dogs are adoptable at Big Dog Ranch Rescue.

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