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Animals rescued from Sint Maarten arrive in Lebanon

Staff Reports • Oct 9, 2017 at 3:31 PM

Animal Rescue Corps worked with Animal Rescue League and SXM Paws of Sint Maarten to rescue nearly 200 homeless animals from the Caribbean island and bring them to Lebanon after Hurricane Irma caused significant damage to 95 percent of the island's infrastructure.

ARC coordinated the U.S.-based operations of the international rescue effort, dubbed Operation Saints to States, that began with receiving about 200 dogs and cats that arrived on a chartered flight to Miami International Airport. ARC took the animals to ARC’s Rescue Operations Center in Lebanon, where they will receive daily care, medical evaluations and any necessary treatments.

Corinne Mackie, founder of SXM Paws and one of the primary advocates and caregiver for the island’s homeless animals, began coordinating Sept. 6 with Audrey Andrus with the Animal Rescue League to deliver critical shipments of food and supplies following the category 5 hurricane.

“These two organizations have worked tirelessly to see that these animals are brought to safety,” said Scotlund Haisley, president of Animal Rescue Corps, “And ARC is honored to be their U.S. partner, completing the journey for these animals.”

Once on the ground in Florida, ARC took the animals to its Rescue Operation Center in Lebanon, where the dogs and cats will receive all necessary care until they can be taken to shelters and rescue partner organizations that will ultimately adopt them into homes. For people who wish to foster or adopt, ARC will publish its list of shelter and rescue placement partners on its Facebook page once the dogs are taken to the groups.

In addition to recognizing the effort by SXM Paws and Animal Rescue League to bring the animals safely to U.S. shores, ARC credited Jamie Mills and Jim Nichols who provided financial resources to ARC’s portion of the collective effort.

“At one time, the logistics seemed impossible,” said Mills, a sponsor for the operation, “but ARC was the perfect partner to complete this mission and working together, we can do the impossible.”

This is ARC’s third hurricane relief effort in recent weeks. It also rescued nearly 500 animals from communities devastated by back-to-back natural disasters. Animal Rescue Corps performed Operation Saints to States in conjunction with SXM Paws, Animal Rescue League, Mills, Nichols and Southern Journey Animal Rescue and Transport.

To donate to ARC, click the donate button on the Animal Rescue Corps Facebook page.

Animal Rescue Corps currently needs volunteers 18 years old and older in Wilson County to help with animal care for the next two weeks. Anyone interested may email volunteer@animalrescuecorps.org. In the email potential volunteers should include the days and shifts they are available. The shifts are any day from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. and 1-5 p.m.

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