OZAUKEE COUNTY — The Wisconsin Humane Society rescued 33 cats from Florida ahead of Hurricane Dorian. The cats were brought to Wisconsin on Saturday on a Wings of Rescue Flight, a non-profit organization that transfers animals from overcrowded shelters to shelters that have room.
The Humane Society took in the cats to help open up shelter space in Florida. Angela Speed, vice president of communications with the Wisconsin Humane Society, said they typically step up to help animals impacted by severe weather.
"These cats were all evacuated from that shelter in order to make room for what they expect a wave of incoming animals displaced by Hurricane Dorian. The 30-plus cats did not have owners," said Speed.
The animals will undergo a full medical exam and get microchipped. They are in the process of being spayed or neutered. Taking in more than 30 cats at a time can put a financial strain on the organization, but they are happy to help to save the animals' lives.
"We are at the high of the summer season, and our populations are already really high, but fortunately we have a great foster network, and we also have people in the community ready and willing to open up their homes and hearts to animals in need," said Speed.
The cats were brought to the Ozaukee and Milwaukee County locations. One cat will be available for adoption Wednesday. There is no fee for cats that are more than a year old.
Due to the influx of cats, the shelter is in need of cat food, fosters and donations. For more information on how to adopt a cat, click here.