As Hurricane Michael intensified, with anticipated wind gusts of up to 150 miles per hour and storm surges expected to top 14 feet, the Brevard Humane Society prepared to make a difference in the lives of fourteen unowned shelter animals in Suwanne County. Fearing that the county shelter might not withstand flooding from Hurricane Michael, the staff at Suwanne County Animal Shelter scrambled to evacuate and locate safe refuge for their 144 animals.

“With the storm rapidly approaching and days away from making landfall, our thoughts were of the residents who were evacuating and the animals they love” said Theresa Clifton, Executive Director of the Brevard Humane Society. “We are happy to be able to assist in the disaster relief effort of these animals. In times of crisis, it’s important that we all work together. That is how we will make the biggest impact and save the most lives.”

Hurricane season is historically a busy time for the Brevard Humane Society, which has, over the years, conducted countless rescues and responses. With an overwhelming desire to help homeless animals, the Brevard Humane Society’s life-saving mission continuously transcends boundaries having recently deployed to the Carolinas after Hurricane Florence, and having previously responded in the wake of Hurricane Irma, Hurricane Maria and Hurricane Harvey, to name a few.

The fourteen refugees that arrived earlier this week will be seeking new homes once they have been fully evaluated. Updates will be provided in the coming weeks, informing the public of which dogs are available for adoption and which may be in need of fostering. In the interim, the Brevard Humane Society is looking to the community to assist in its effort of welcoming these new additions to their facility. Currently, there are several ways in which the community can aid in the transition. First and foremost, monetary donations are welcomed as any money raised will help with expenses, especially medical, that these dogs may require. Secondly, for those unable to give a monetary donation, food and cleaning supplies are also always great appreciated. Thirdly, and perhaps most importantly, is the gift of a loving home and the opportunity of a second chance. For further information regarding these adoptable dogs, please visit their website at: or visit their Facebook page at: