In the eye of the hurricane, there is hope, and that’s exactly what these animals found out when they got rescued right before Hurricane Florence made landfall last weekend. A trucker from Tennessee was trying to rescue as many animals as possible from shelters all over South Carolina before the hurricane arrived at the coast.
Tony Alsup had been driving all over the country for a couple of weeks before Hurricane Florence in a school bus. He removed all of the seats inside the bus so he could make room for the furry passengers he planned to collect and put a sign outside that read “Emergency Animal Rescue Shelter". Given his good will, he may as well had changed the sign to "Tony’s Ark".
In the two weeks before the Hurricane Florence, with his bus, Tony managed to rescue 11 cats and 53 dogs from shelters located all over South Carolina that were located right where the hurricane was supposed to make the biggest impact. When the various news outlets heard about his plans, he had already rescued a bunch of animals and was planning to rescue even more. He managed to get an interview with The Washington Post, while he was taking a small break and having a meal at a Waffle House, right outside Fayetteville in North Carolina.
During the interview, he talked about how he perceived the lives of the animals in the shelters to be as valuable as human lives, of equal worth. Unfortunately, he knew that during hard times like the ones that were coming up due to the hurricane, most animals, and especially the animals in shelters, are at the back of people’s minds. He has already rescued plenty of animals from shelters right before natural disasters, like before Hurricane Harvey struck Texas last year. He has also helped animals during Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria.
When he saw that shelters in South Carolina were becoming overcrowded, he knew that it was time to help them once again. After getting all of the animals from four different shelters, along with enough food, water, toys, and leashes, he drove them to Foley, Alabama to get them to a safe shelter.