With the threat of Hurricane Irma the Humane Society of Broward County will be sending the majority of the animals that have been residing at the shelter to their shelter partner, the Tony LaRusso Animal Rescue Foundation located in Walnut Creek California. The Humane Society of Broward County has partnered with Wings of Rescue, GreaterGood.org, Freekibble.com and the Rescue Banks to make this rescue effort possible. The 175+ animals will be leaving on Thursday, September 7 from:

World Jet FBO – Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport
1020 N.W. 62nd Street, Fort Lauderdale 33309

Getting Animals Out

Humane Society Staff will be loading the animals at the shelter starting at 4:30 AM then head to the airport to start loading the animals on the plane at 6:00 AM with an intended departure time at 7:15 AM. The plane will refuel in Amarillo, TX before landing in Hayward, CA at approximately 12:15 PM.

If you go to www.flightaware.com, you will be able to track the flight by entering the tail number BYA259.

The Tony LaRusso Animal Rescue Foundation will initially receive the animals and then transfer and disperse the animals to other well-known animal shelters and rescues in the Bay Area.

This will essentially empty the Humane Society of Broward County so the shelter can assist Florida residents with pets after the storm.

Welcoming Animals In

As the animals leave for California, the Humane Society of Broward County will receive 55 cats and 5 dogs from the Humane Society in Key Largo, since they were concerned about the safely of their resident animals. After the storm has cleared, these pets will be going back to Key Largo.

“This is a tremendous undertaking and we are grateful for all our partners making this possible. We want to be prepared as much as possible for after the storm and to be able to help our community” said Christopher Agostino, President and CEO of the Humane Society of Broward County.

Scheduling Changes

Please note the following scheduling changes:

  • The Humane Society of Broward County will be closing the adoption department on Wednesday, September 6 at 6:30.
  • We will be suspending the vaccine clinic and spay/neuters starting Thursday through the duration of the storm.
  • The Animal Admissions department will remain open until noon on Friday.

Please remember the shelter is not a boarding facility and you need to make arrangements for your pets. Check with boarding facilities or your veterinarian. Paws & Play Pet Resorts is opening its doors for boarding of dogs only on a first come first serve basis. For pet owners in mandatory evacuation zones, the boarding fee will be waived.
There will be a boarding fee for those who are not in a mandatory evacuation zone. All dogs must be current on the following vaccines: Rabies, Distemper & Bordetella. Go to www.pawsandplayresort.com to create a profile and schedule a reservation. Please bring a copy of your vaccine record with you. 11790 W Colonial Dr Ocoee FL 34761-3305 | (407) 656-7529

We are asking for everyone who sees this and is being directly affected by Irma to please make a $10 donation. There are too many dogs and cats who are going to be in dire need and we need to start saving them now. You can make a donation using the form below or via check by mailing it to the Humane Society of Broward County at 2070 Griffin Road, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33312.

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