🎵 ‘Cause I’m leaving on a jet plane… 🎵

The Jacksonville Humane Society (JHS) has evacuated approximately 100 cats and kittens via a Wings of Rescue flight departing Cecil Airport at about 9:00 a.m. on Monday, October 15, 2018. The cats and kittens flew to Brandywine Valley SPCA in Delaware.

JHS and Brandywine Valley SPCA (BVSPCA), in coordination with national organization Best Friends Animal Society, are leading a multi-agency response to Hurricane Michael. This flight was made possible when the Jacksonville Jaguars’ Malik Jackson reached out to JHS and offered to help through his foundation, Malik’s Gifts (www.maliksgifts.org).

About half the passengers on the flight are JHS cats and kittens being evacuated to make room for those incoming from areas impacted by Hurricane Michael. The other half of the space JHS offered to Alachua County Humane Society (ACHS), who was among the first to respond to needs from impacted areas. ACHS received cats evacuated from areas that were in Michael’s path in advance of the storm, as well as cats from Bay County, which lost power during the storm.

“By serving as hubs, we are able to respond to the disaster in a fashion that does not affect our local shelters negatively,” said Deisler. “We believe partnerships and collaboration save lives, and this is the perfect example of that. By leveraging relationships in a cooperative manner, we make greater impact. We are better together.”

A big thank you to Cecil Field Airport for their quick response, coordination, and hospitality in assisting in this relief mission.

Anyone interested in supporting the animals impacted by Hurricane Michael can go to jaxhumane.org/donate and select “Hurricane Relief” or donate via www.greatergood.org.