The southern United States have seen some pretty devastating storms in the past few years (you can thank climate change for that) and while the destruction is heartbreaking, tragedy can also bring out the best in people. There are always countless heartwarming stories of strangers helping strangers and people donating their time, talents and resources to help others in need. Like the story of Black Dog Club in North Carolina which rescued 111 dogs from the flood waters of Hurricane Florence.
Florence hit the Carolinas in September 2018 and was one of the wettest tropical storms on record, causing catastrophic flooding. Hundreds of people were forced to evacuate their homes and the states suffered almost $2 billion in damages. In the chaos, hundreds of pets were lost or abandoned, leaving them in danger.
Enter the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) and the surrounding shelters. The ASPCA dedicated huge efforts to rescuing dogs and other animals from the floods and dropping them off in shelters nearby. In some cases, (like in Dillon County, South Carolina) the shelters themselves were in the hurricane’s flood path. Black Dog Club, a North Carolina dog shelter, stepped in to rescue more than 100 dogs from the floods.
Now that shelter is getting some international help. Dog Tales Rescue and Horse Sanctuary owners Danielle and Rob made the 15-hour drive from King City, Ontario to Smithfield, North Carolina to see if they could alleviate some of the pressure on Black Dog by taking on some of their canine charges. In the latest episode of Dog Tales Rescue (Tuesdays at 9:30 p.m. ET on Gusto), the couple arrive to collect 15 (but probably more like 20 because Danielle can’t say “no” to those puppy eyes) dogs in hopes they can find them forever homes back in Canada.
Meanwhile, at Dog Tales, dog handler Cass is on a mission to highlight the adoptability of some of the sanctuary’s dogs living with special needs. These pups are superstars in the making! Dog Tales also welcomes some new residents—a very energetic trio of sheep.
Watch the full episode of Dog Tales Rescue below.