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Florida Humane Society Rescues Animals From Tornado Devastation

By: Marissa Bagg Email
By: Marissa Bagg Email

Credit: CNN image of puppy rescued from Moore, Oklahoma, now at the Tri-County Humane Society in Boca Raton, Florida. http://tricountyhumane.org/

Credit: CNN image of puppy rescued from Moore, Oklahoma, now at the Tri-County Humane Society in Boca Raton, Florida. http://tricountyhumane.org/

Many animals in Moore, Oklahoma were left homeless after a tornado devastated the town. The South Florida Humane Society rescued as many animals as they could, and is now trying to find homes for them.

Cries for help from the heartland brought these little guys to South Florida. When the Tri-County Humane Society got word animal shelters near Moore, Oklahoma were overwhelmed, they sent help.

Employee Matt Gaquer signed right up.
"Let's go get whoever is in these shelters about to be put down, to make room for the new guys from the storm. You can't say no to that."

The group drove out on Saturday, and went to five different kill-shelters surrounding the devastation.

Gauquer: "In the back of my head I knew what we were there to do, but I felt bad for people. I wanted to get out and help them."

The group returned last night with 64 dogs, many of them puppies - and 16 cats. They only wish they could've taken more.

"We'd get there Sunday and they'd tell us we'll put them down today if you don't take them. And then Monday there's going to be a batch and then Tuesday so you took the ones that were pretty much on the chopping block. You want to take them all, you know, we were in tears in the shelters."

Matt can't help but smile when he looks at the faces they saved. Most notably a Great Dane, and an adorable Basset Hound. Now they'll get the medical attention and love they deserve. If not for the cross country trip - these four-legged friends wouldn't have a chance.

Gauquer: "We got the animals back safely and that's all that matters."

The dogs and cats rescued from Oklahoma will be ready for adoption in a couple of weeks. If you would more information on the pets or the adoption process at the Tri-County Humane Society.

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