New York Volunteers Head To Carolinas, Long Island Animal Shelter Offers Aide

September 16, 2018

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- Dozens of Red Cross Volunteers from the New York areas are in the Carolinas to help with Florence’s immediate aftermath.

Roughly 40 volunteers were dispersed to shelters to provide supplies and serve hot food to people in North and South Carolina, according to regional CEO Josh Lockwood.

“They all have huge hearts and really, just desperately want to help people in need,” said Lockwood.

The job will only get more difficult as the storm passes, according to Lockwood.

“A lot of homes that need to be cleaned up might not be liveable, that need to be repaired, and so there’ll have to be some temporary housing solution for people,” he said.

The Red Cross will also be providing resources for those with mental health needs.

Meanwhile, to assist the animals affected by Hurricane Florence, the North Shore Animal League America in Port Washington has opened its doors to take in over 30 dogs.

The no-kill animal organization on Long Island will make the dogs, mostly from Martinsville, Virginia, available for adoption.

More dogs were expected from Orangeburg, South Carolina, where volunteers there saved animals and owners from rising waters.

Donations were requested, including bottled water, dog bowls, paper towels, treats, litter boxes and other supplies.

North Shore workers are looking for other animals in need of shelter in the wake of Florence.