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Nearly a dozen animals need a home after rescued from devastation in the Bahamas

Compassion Kind volunteers save dogs and cats
Posted at 11:00 PM, Oct 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-03 17:34:38-04

SEMINOLE, Fla. -- Nearly a dozen dogs and cats arrived in Pinellas County on Wednesday night after being rescued from devastation in the Bahamas.

Hurricane Dorian hit the Bahamas more than a month ago.

"Some of the images will never leave my mind. People and animals trapped in homes. Some of the animals we've seen were stuck in homes, drowned, starved to death because nobody found them," said Aja-Nikiya Estro, Founder of Compassion Kind.

For the past three weeks, the animal welfare organization, Compassion Kind, and Humane Haven gave relief supplies to the people in the Bahamas. They also rescued the animals they found.

"The people of the Bahamas are absolutely wonderful. We know they still really need our assistance," said Estro.

On Wednesday, Sea Shepherd transported about a dozen dogs and cats by boat to Florida's east coast. The animals arrived around 8:30 p.m. at FLUFF Animal Rescue in Pinellas County.

"We will definitely get them fully vetted, all their vaccines and make sure everybody is healthy and we will place them on partner websites and they will all find loving homes," said Kimmy Chandler with FLUFF Animal Rescue.

CJPAWS Rescue, Rescue Pink and FLUFF Animal Rescue are all organizations that are working together to find these animals a home.

Volunteers with Compassion Kind plan to go back to the Bahamas to rescue more animals by the end of the month.

"We've worked pretty much every disaster since Hurricane Irma and this is by far the worst devastation we've seen both the humane and animal side," said Estro.

You can click here for more information on Compassion Kind.