Animals evacuate from North Carolina to the Lehigh Valley ahead of hurricane


It's not just people evacuating the Carolinas ahead of Hurricane Florence; animals are also on the move.

Some cats and dogs from North Carolina are taking refuge here in the Lehigh Valley.

The Sanctuary at Haafsville in Upper Macungie Township is preparing for the furry friends coming from the Wilmington area.

"Mandatory evacuation for a lot of the areas and that includes the animals, a lot of the animal shelters are in pretty low-lying areas," said Liz Jones, who runs the Sanctuary at Haafsville.

Jones and her crew spent Wednesday cleaning and clearing out the shelter to make room for the new arrivals - eight dogs and 10 cats.

"We've been getting some dogs out into foster homes to open those runs up so they're available for the dogs that come in," she said.

Community members also donated cages and carriers and the company Zep donated boxes of cleaning supplies, all to be sent back down in the van for the shelters in North Carolina. Those shelters will likely get an influx of stray animals after the storm.

The dogs and cats coming to the Sanctuary at Haafsville will be up for adoption soon.

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