• Local shelter takes in 14 dogs from U.S. Virgin Islands after hurricanes

    By: Racquel Asa


    SANFORD, Fla. - Some new evacuees in Central Florida are of the four-legged variety.

    More than a dozen dogs at the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando are there because families couldn’t care for them after hurricanes hit.

    The 14 animals came from the U.S. Virgin Islands.

    Their journey to Sanford started with a call for help through a post on Facebook from a group called Love for Love City.

    Read: Here's how to keep your pets safe during a hurricane


    The group was looking for other groups in the U.S. to help after bringing the dogs to the mainland.

    Stanley Steemer covered all adoption costs.

    “I made an email to the executive director at Pet Alliance and the next thing you know, we are taking 14 dogs,” said Connie Gellner, of Stanley Steemer.

    Read: Hurricane Harvey evacuees haven't forgotten about their pet

    The pet Alliance of Greater Orlando said based on how the dogs have been interacting with workers, it’s clear the animals were well cared for before coming to the shelter.

    “They just need families. We’ve taken care of medical. We can vouch for them and we love them, but we need them in forever homes,” said Candyce Hatch, of the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando.

    The 14 dogs will become available for adoption Thursday.

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