Multiple animal rescues save nearly 100 cats from hurricane Dorian

More than 90 cats rescued

FAIRFIELD, OH (FOX19) - Nearly 100 cats are now out of danger thanks to several local rescues that worked together to save the felines from the destruction caused by Hurricane Dorian.

The mission, led by Joseph’s Legacy’s Krista Snyder, is one of the biggest local cat rescues to date.

A handful of organizations teamed up for the rescue. Some include Joseph’s Legacy, Tri-State Noah Project, the Paws Cause Rescue and more.

“To see so many organizations step up and do this together, I mean, it’s awesome," said foster and legal advocate for Joseph’s Legacy, Katherine Hartung.

Rescuers said they drove 96 cats for 13 hours from Marion County, S.C. to Fairfield, Ohio.

“From what I understand, they just put them in cages and got out,” said Director of Lifeline Cat Rescue and Network Inc., Holly Clawson.

The hurricane destruction has been deadly in some places. Volunteers at a shelter in the Bahamas said that most of the dogs and cats in their care died, although they put themselves in harm’s way to try to save them.

“Saving one life... it gets me," said a volunteer and foster with Joseph’s Legacy Rescue, Kelly Williams.

As the animals arrived they were given food, water and medical care.

Several kittens were rushed to Companion Care Animal Hospital in Fairfield Saturday for health problems. One kitten did not make it.

“They tried everything. They gave it CPR and everything," Williams said.

Lifeline Cat Rescue and Network is caring for five felines that are suffering from respiratory problems.

Once they are healthy, the next step for them and for all of the nearly 100 cats, is making sure they can find forever families.

“It makes me happy knowing they’ve got their second chance that they deserve," said Williams.

Anyone who wants to learn more about the cats and about how to help can visit:

Joseph’s Legacy

Lifeline Cat Rescue and Network Inc

Crazy Cats Animal Rescue

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