The Bohemian people and those in other surrounding islands were devastated by Hurricane Dorian when it arrived as a Category 5 Hurricane and tore their home apart. Millions of homes and businesses were lost, and the death toll keeps rising and rising. 

Pets and Wildlife Affected by Hurricane Dorian

 Not immune to this tragedy were the pets and wildlife residing on the island. Whether in a shelter, a home, or part of the Bahama’s beautiful and complex ecosystem as wildlife, these animals were displaced and are in danger. Unfortunately, the death toll for pets are in the hundreds, and according to researchers, some native birds may have gone extinct. 

 The good news is that while assistance is bring brought to the islands, parallel efforts are underway to rescue and even relocate animals to somewhere safe. Humanitarian missions in the Bahamas required our help, and the rehabilitation and restoration of their beloved animals do now as well. Here are some practical ways that we can assist.

Donate

 Let’s get the obvious one out of the way first. Food, shelter, transport, and paying for the labor to maintain these animals even under normal circumstances is costly. The storm and subsequent fallout have multiplied these costs. A great way to ensure they have everything they need is to provide monetary resources, and some organizations are asking for money specifically in this time of need:

  • The Humane Society of Grand Bahama has asked for donations to a GoFundMe set up by Jaque Padron. According to their Facebook, this is the only sanctioned GoFundMe for the Society.
  • The Kohn Foundation is asking for donations which will benefit the local shelter. According to their website, “Currently the Humane Society is without electricity, refrigeration, water, and pet food.” They are asking for donations for destroyed equipment, vehicles, generators, etc. Donating is easy and can be done through PayPal.

Adopt, Don’t Shop

 If your family has been thinking of adding a new pet, there’s never been a better time. Even if you can’t make it to a shelter and adopt a pet evacuated from the Bahamas, you may free up space and resources for one. 

 Some east coast and South Florida shelters evacuated animals for their safety, but thankfully the storm didn’t hit the Sunshine State too hard. As a result, many of the surviving pets from the Bahamas ended up in the now-empty shelters there. To adopt a pet displaced by Dorian, you can:

  • Check with the Michigan Humane Society, who received cats and large breed dogs from Jacksonville, Ft. Lauderdale, and other Florida Shelters thanks to flights funded by the Humane Society of the United States.
  • This USA Today article has a list of the specific shelters that received the surviving pets from the Bahamas. Donate, volunteer, or adopt if it is right for you. 

Spread the Word

A huge part of protecting and restoring safety and quality of life to the fauna of these beautiful islands is not to forget them. So, until it’s safe to go and volunteer in ecological restoration efforts, or adopt a pet of your own:

  • Share the links above or any other reputable organizations you come across. Social media drives a lot of change – and this is free! 
  • Talk about these effects with your loved ones, get them thinking about donating or adopting. Knowledge is power. 
  • Keep on top of the news to see what new programs or missions are emerging. More will emerge as the humanitarian programs wind down. 

Whether you donate, adopt, or spread the word, our furry, scaly, and feathery friends will thank you for it. There’s no need for any more animal suffering due to Dorian. Let’s work together and look forward to seeing a vibrant, restored Bahamas, complete with loving pets and gorgeous wildlife. 

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