When staffers from Lucky Dog Animal Rescue in Arlington, Virginia, learned that their South Carolina partner shelters were in the direct path of Hurricane Florence, they knew they didn’t have much time to act.
Hurricane Florence was predicted to be one of the worst storms the Carolinas had ever seen, so the homeless dogs and cats who could potentially be caught in its path had to be evacuated. Staffers began lining up temporary homes for over 50 shelter animals and organizing transportation to get them out of the state.
But though the sun was shining on Wednesday when the evacuation began, leaving South Carolina would be far from easy.
An hour and a half into the rescue mission, the transport van’s alternator failed, leaving dozens of helpless animals stranded at a gas station on I-95.