When natural disasters strike, pets are, sadly, sometimes overlooked. As panicked people rush to escape the path of destruction, dogs and cats can get left behind — and often don’t survive.
Thankfully, that wasn’t the fate of this gorgeous pup, who weathered Hurricane Florence on his own. The damage from the most recent storm to hit the East Coast displaced thousands of families. Emergency crews are still on the hunt, trying to save who and what they can, and this brave little guy managed to hang on long enough for a rescue.
PETA spotted the dog on the porch of a flooded North Carolina home, alone and clearly terrified. The floodwaters were waist deep — which might not sound like the most dramatic barrier, but to this scared, stranded dog, it might as well have been an ocean.
The animal was pacing nervously back and forth as a crew member from PETA approached, but when he spotted his rescuers, his whole demeanor changed.
At least 42 people are reported to have died as a result of Hurricane Florence, and teams are still working in North and South Carolina to provide relief. Animals continue to be found abandoned in the affected areas — many a little worse for wear — but thanks to the tireless efforts of volunteers, more are brought to safety every day.
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