Local animal hospital makes second trip north to rescue animals impacted by Hurricane Michael

Posted at 5:11 PM, Oct 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-23 18:28:45-04

PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. — Local groups are rescuing a number of pets from the Panhandle and Georgia after Hurricane Michael. Employees at Sunshine Hospital in Clearwater are on their second trip. 

"We took what we could fit in the vehicle," said veterinarian Kristen Brauer. 

Brauer's Sunshine Animal Hospital has rescued 53 cats and dogs two weeks ago.  All of those pets have found homes, which is why they've decided to go back for more. They're bringing about 50 back on their second trip.

"We felt like we had to help," Brauer said. "I just feel an urgency when something like this happens." 

The hospital has received thousands of dollars worth of donations: Water, food, animal crates, paper towels, and much more. 

We're told Pinellas Animal hospital and the Tampa SPCA have also stepped in to help homeless hurricane pets. 

With more pets coming back, Brauer says she still needs the public to keep helping. 

"Any small thing you can do like volunteer 10 to 20 minutes of your time, donating $5, or supplies," Brauer said. "Anything that you can offer will help these animals." 

They're also looking for people willing to adopt or foster one of the pets. 

"If we can get fosters we'll send another vehicle up to get more animals," said Brauer. 

Anyone willing to help can contact the Sunshine Animal Hospital of Clearwater at 727-791-7242 or on Facebook.