Donations sought for hurricane-damage in the US Virgin Islands

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28 September, 2017

In an executive order signed Wednesday, Gov. Eric Greitens directed the adjutant general to activate soldiers as part of a request from the U.S. Virgin Islands for aid.

With only two days to plan before Maria made landfall, Gear had to raise the money to charter a plane so she could rescue 300 animals who were in harm's way.

Gear says that she and her team were able to completely clear out the animal shelters on the islands, which were full of pets who'd been abandoned in the chaos of Irma.

She now lives on a farm in Virginia Beach, where she runs Island Dog Rescue, which finds homes in the USA for abandoned Caribbean dogs. Many people have evacuated, but what happens to the animals? They landed at Norfolk International Airport around 1:30 a.m. on Tuesday. Since then, she founded Island Dog Rescue, which as the name implies is focused on rescuing animals from the Virgin Islands.

"I did it because it had to be done, I'm exhausted emotionally, physically - but spiritually, I'm not, ' Gear told the Virginian Pilot".

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In a statement, the ASPCA said: "Moving that many animals is no easy task - each animal is examined by a veterinarian, behavior checks are performed, and since the animals are being transported out of state, health certificates are completed. Please be cautious with me" - where they were met by a large group of high school volunteers, led by Tinsley Sarrett, who showed up to walk the dogs upon their arrival.

"They all seem happy", she said.

They padded the doors and prepared for the first hit from the storm.

'It's so heartwarming seeing that our community is just coming together for this great cause, and wanting to help these dogs, they just need a home'.

Finally, the furry refugees landed in the United States on Tuesday, where volunteers cared for them at Gear's farm while foster homes or relatives of their owners could be found. They're relocating 100 animals from Miami to a specially devised shelter in SC. As the second hurricane loomed closer to the Caribbean islands, Gear knew she needed to act fast.


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