The last few weeks saw the arrival of two massive hurricanes that hit the American South. Hurricane Irma was a powerful storm that rocked parts of Florida and other states.
As you well know, humans aren’t the only ones affected by hurricanes. Wild animals and pets are troubled by these devastating acts of nature. While humans are forced to evacuate from their cities and homes, their loyal animal companions are required to as well.
Considering this, there are many hurricane shelters that open their doors to humans and pets alike. Knowing that there are people fleeing the hurricane with their cats and dogs (and other creatures), they make sure they have resources and room for all.
That was just the sort of shelter many people found in D.S. Parrot Middle School in Brooksville. It not only welcomed people who were fleeing Irma’s wrath, but their pets as well.
Shelters like this offer amenities like space for your pet’s crate, places to walk them, and even food and toys.
But this one shelter might not have been expecting this one thing to happen!
Hurricanes come at unexpected times. They upset our daily routine. That often means school and work is interrupted. But what if you were in the middle of another kind of process? Perhaps, you were expecting babies?
That’s just what happened to one woman who was staying at this middle school shelter. Being seven and half months pregnant, she was very close to her due date. And what do you know, while fleeing the hurricane, she went into labor!
Brent Gaustaed, the school’s principal, made arrangements for the woman to go to Brooksville Regional Hospital, where she gave birth to a healthy baby.
But the story doesn’t end there. It turns out there was another expectant mother at the shelter. Three-year-old Siberian Husky mix, Chyanne, went into labor. Principal Gaustaed, already spread thin, stayed with the pup and her owner as she gave birth to her litter.
Reports have come in that the momma dog and her babies are doing fine as well. Imagine the night this shelter had! Two mothers giving birth, as Irma bears down on Florida!
Thankfully, because of the preparations and generosity of our communities, these two mothers were able to get the help they needed. Even during the midst of a terrible storm, we find Americans willing to go the extra mile to help each other!
Even when it’s a furry friend!
Source: The Animal Rescue Site