- Julio Poletti Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
Update 2/27/18: Kenny Chesney is teaming up again with Big Dog Ranch Rescue to welcome 138 dogs and puppies rescued from St. Thomas and St. Johns shelters. The dogs arrived today, Feb 27 at Palm Beach International Airport.
This is not the first time Chesney has help out the shelters.
Here is our original story on the country star’s first relief efforts:
Original story published Nov. 2017: It was a very Floridian welcome when dozens of soon-to-be adopted dogs arrived Thursday evening to Palm Beach International airport from the U.S. Virgin Islands. Rain showers poured around 5:45 p.m., soaking volunteers and the media as they welcomed the lovey bunch.
But a little rain is nothing to these animals. They survived two major hurricanes, Irma and Maria, this year.
This was a total of 100 dogs that were rescued by Big Dog Ranch Rescue (BDRR) along with Victory Air, country music star Kenny Chesney's "Love for Love City," whose home in the St. Johns was destroyed this hurricane season.
These dogs were homeless, abandoned or stranded on the islands after the two hurricanes wiped out most of the infrastructures. Most human families were evacuated and could only bring themselves, leaving their pets behind.
"Our pets are like our family and right now our family is hurting, said Lauree Simmmons, founder and President of Big Dog Ranch Rescue. “It's a struggle for people to survive the conditions and nearly impossible for our dogs and cats so we are working with several groups to do the most we can to sustain life during this difficult time.”
Volunteers worked as the rain continued Thursday evening. Some dogs were brought out on leashes, others in crates as is shown in the gifs below.
The dogs were then to be transported to their designated shelters in Virginia, South Carolina, Orlando and Palm Beach County. They’re looking for forever homes.
To support relief efforts by donating or volunteering, go to http://bdrr.org/.