The first two weeks haven’t been easy for South Carolina residents. Many people had to evacuate and brought with them their most valuable goods, and while they rightfully took care of themselves and their families, there was an hero from Tennessee ready to save someone nobody thought about, shelter pets who could do just nothing to escape from Hurricane Florence’s fury.
This hero is Tony Alsup, a volunteer with EARS Emergency Animal Rescue and Shelter who owns a school bus just to save animals in these kind of situations.
He did the same back in 2017 during Hurricane Harvey, and stepped in again as soon as he knew animals needed a hand in South Carolina too.
“I’m like, look, these are lives too,” Alsup told The Washington Post. “Animals — especially shelter pets — they always have to take the back seat of the bus. But I’ll give them their own bus. If I have to I’ll pay for all the fuel, or even a boat, to get these dogs out of there.”
Alsup managed to save 53 dogs and 11 cats, delivering them to a rescue facility in Foley, Alabama.
“Tony swooped in at 4 a.m. Wednesday morning to pick up our ‘leftovers’ — the dogs with blocky heads, the ones with heartworm. The ones no one else will ever take. And he got them to safety, not the most conventional evacuation, but surely the one with the most heart.” the Saint Frances Animal Center in Georgetown, South Carolina, wrote on their Facebook.
Tony is definitely the kind of hero our beloved dogs deserve, and luckily he showed up right when they needed him the most.