About ten years ago I made the long drive from Miami to Key West and just missed the last tour of the day at the Hemingway mansion. We walked around the outside and took pictures of it and several of the Six toed cats that inhabit the grounds before heading down the street for some Key Lime Pie.
Just prior to Hurricane Irma Hitting Florida this week, I read an article of how the Hemingway estate had built a protective enclosure for the kitties to go into when the storm hits and how there are protective features and drainage that reduced the risk of flooding in the building. Staff was staying to look over them as well. Still nervous that this may not be enough, I was relieved to see an article that the Hemingway cats were safe and had weathered the storm. Raja was thankful to hear this about his six toed brethren.
Still, some kitties and doggies somehow had to face the storm on their own, either because they couldn’t be found before the storm, were stray, or worst, had a thoughtless owner who had left them outside.
A friend in Florida posted an image on Facebook of a poor kitty that a friend of hers had found in her garage during the storm. They are now trying to find the owner.
The police fully intend to prosecute the cruel people who intentionally left their animals outside in the storm. And good for them.
Many of the shelters in Florida sent animals to other shelters throughout the country prior to the storm so they could accommodate the influx of animals who had become separated from their owners during the hurricane.
I donated money to the rescue efforts for the pets and humans in Harvey’s wake last week and plan to do so again for Irma. The sources I know the best for pets are the ASPCA, and the Animal Rescue Site. But there are many others more local to Florida, Texas, and now, the Carolinas.
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Raja and Zoe are very thankful to be in a nice, dry, warm house, but are thinking of the kitties and other animals in the storm areas. And we will be thinking of them, friends, family and other humans who have been effected. And thankful our family and friends are safe.