Ten Rescued Dogs Arrive in Charleston From Virgin Islands

After 48 hours of travel by two planes, a boat ride and a night in Puerto Rico, ten dogs, rescued from the Virgin Islands, were picked up in Miami by two of our team members. Bryant Taylor, Emergency Response & Preparedness Manager, and Patrick Allen, our Director of Outreach, drove to Miami to meet these dogs and puppies and bring them safely to Charleston Animal Society. They met them right when they exited the plane and safely secured them in our transfer van for the ten hour trip back to South Carolina.

Our new four-legged guests range in age from 3 months to about 4 years old and have a variety of personalities. While some of them are all wagging tails and wet kisses, others are timid and unsure of this new world around them. Our expert veterinary and behavior teams evaluated the dogs as soon as they arrived. All dogs have a clean bill of health and some have already found loving homes. Our behavior staff is working with a few of them to acclimate to their new surroundings and learn some basic behaviors that will help them thrive in new homes. Those remaining dogs will be available for adoption in the near future!

Pawing it Forward

The impact of Charleston Animal Society extends far beyond the Charleston community. Whether we are responding to a natural disaster or assisting other shelters with overpopulation, we work diligently to be a lifeline where and when help is needed. Just like when the nation came to the Lowcountry’s aid after Hurricane Hugo. We call it “Pawing it Forward.”

Our team started helping animals in the Virgin Islands after hurricanes Irma and Maria devastated these Caribbean Islands. Then, during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Humane Society of St. Thomas reached out to us for assistance as they experienced a high volume of animals in their shelter. We have been able to successfully transfer several dogs to alleviate some of their challenges as the shelter and islands rebuild. 

You Make it Possible

It is our goal for all companion animals to be in an environment where they can thrive in safety and comfort. You make it possible for us to extend our impact to animals in other regions when and where they need help. Thank you for helping us “Paw it Forward!”