Dakin Partners with BISSELL Pet Foundation to Help Florida Cats

In the days following Hurricane Ian’s arrival in Florida, the Bissell Pet Foundation, a national animal welfare organization, worked relentlessly to make space in Florida shelters.  They flew more than 100 cats and dogs already in shelters to the northeast to make room for owned pets displaced by the storm, who would need to remain in Florida to rejoin their families.

On October 5th, the plane headed to upstate New York, where Dakin was on hand to accept animals alongside representatives from shelters in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Vermont and Ontario, Canada.  Dakin Volunteer Jerry Marchand drove the eight-hour round trip to bring more than a dozen cats and kittens up north to begin the next chapter of their lives.

Upon arrival, the felines underwent the mandatory 48-hour quarantine period required for pets transported from outside Massachusetts.  Staff and volunteers were immediately charmed by the super friendly kitties, who eagerly sought attention and affection.  After a few minor medical treatments, the felines were well on their way to new homes and new adventures!

Despite already caring for a significantly large animal population at the time, Dakin made room for the Florida kitties.  “In emergencies like these, we realize the importance of stepping up and helping our shelter partners,” noted Stacey Price, director of development and marketing.  

Cathy Bissell, founder of the Bissell Pet Foundation, stated “Shelters are full across the county, but we are grateful for the organizations helping Florida shelter pets during this difficult time.  The Bissell Pet Foundation team is honored to have the support of these shelters and rescues.”

To enjoy a video of the cats taken upon their arrival at Dakin, click here.

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