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Louisa group lends aid in Hurricane Irma aftermath

Posted on Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 5:00 am

Ginny Strong spends time socializing with a cat at the ASPCA shelter in South Carolina after it was moved from Florida.

Members of the Louisa Community Animal Rescue Team (CART) contributed to relief efforts following Hurricane Irma.

Answering a call from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), Louisa’s Mary Johnson volunteered her time to the relief efforts.

Based out of a warehouse-turned-temporary shelter in Duncan, South Carolina, the ASPCA tasked Johnson with navigating drivers into Florida to deliver donated supplies to shelters, which she did between Sept. 14 and 23.

“We had a 20- or 30-foot Penske truck and we made as many runs as we could,” Johnson said.

On one trip, Johnson traveled to Okeechobee County, Florida, to deliver food, blankets, toys, kitty litter and other supplies donated from all around the country to both the county animal shelter and the local sheriff’s office’s animal control shelter.

“They were extremely grateful,” Johnson said. “Not just for the supplies, but for the ASPCA evacuating all of their animals before the hurricane hit so they had room for animals that were rescued from the storm.”

To read the entire story, see the Oct. 12 edition of The Central Virginian.

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