Big Dog Ranch Rescue offers shelter to animals in hurricane’s path

Some shelter dogs placed in harm’s way because of Hurricane Florence will ride out the storm in Palm Beach County.

Big Dog Ranch Rescue in Loxahatchee Groves sent vans to North Carolina and South Carolina Tuesday to collect the dogs and bring them to Florida. They arrived around noon on Wednesday.

“Any time a natural disaster strikes, there is a collaborative effort to save lives,” Big Dog Ranch Rescue Founder and President Lauree Simmons said. “Floridians know how devastating a hurricane can be, and it’s our responsibility to help our neighbors during difficult times.”

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A total of 22 dogs were brought to Big Dog Ranch Rescue Wednesday, and more could follow after the storm hits, kennel technician Angie Seagrave said.

The dogs are expected stay in Palm Beach County.

“It would be too hard for them to re-adjust if we had to send them back to the Carolinas,” Seagrave said.

Big Dog Ranch Rescue is looking for donations to help care for the dogs. It needs towels, blankets, comforters, sheets, bowls and bathroom rugs, among other items, Seagrave said.

The organization also plans to send buses loaded with supplies to areas hit hard by the storm, Simmons said.

“What we’ve seen in the past after hurricanes, when homes are damaged, people dump pets at shelters,” she said. “They get inundated with dogs and cats, and these shelters fill up very fast. It will take an effort from everyone to keep them safe and find them homes.”

To support Big Dog Ranch Rescue’s relief efforts by donating, fostering or volunteering, visit

Hurricane Florence maintained Category 4 strength Wednesday with speeds of 130 mph as it approached the Carolinas.

As of the 11 a.m. advisory, the storm was 485 miles southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina, with a possible landfall Friday night or Saturday morning.

— Staff writer Julio Poletti contributed to this story

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