Animal welfare organization rescues dogs after hurricane Iota hit

Dogs, photo: Ben Ostrower on Unsplash
Dogs, photo: Ben Ostrower on Unsplash

Category 5 hurricane Iota left the Caribbean islands of San Andres and Providencia devastated. Homes and infrastructure were destroyed, and people evacuated to safety. Animals are often forgotten but also suffer during hurricanes.

“Imagine the terror that these animals feel right now, for example during the hurricane. It’s terrible. We can’t sleep thinking about how the little animals are suffering all the bad weather of the hurricane without being able to protect themselves,” Juliana del Castillo, director of Colombian rescue organization the Fundación Animal Heart Islands, said.

Fundación Animal Heart Islands has been working non-stop to rescue animals stuck o the islands.

In addition to rescuing sick animals and providing them with veterinarian care, del Castillo’s organization is also giving pet food to people who are still on the island.

Hurricane Iota hit San Andres and Providencia last week. The storm killed an estimated 40 people across Central America and Colombia, including at least two in Providencia.

During normal times, Fundación Animal Heart Islands is spaying and neutering animals and finding new homes for strays.

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