Rescuing North Carolina pets

While Hurricane Florence has come and gone, parts of North Carolina are still experiencing the destructive effects of the season’s first major storm. As of Sept. 20, the death toll hit 42 (with an estimated four million deceased livestock) and the North Carolina is still experiencing record-breaking flooding. For us in the Northeast, one day of heavy rain was the extent of Florence’s impact.

Jessica Del Guercio, founder of PAWS of Greenwich, has joined forces with Puppy Kitty NYC Inc. Rescue on a mission to rescue pets displaced by the devastating effects of Hurricane Florence on North Carolina.

“As a passionate animal advocate I had to take action and do my small part to help the voiceless – displaced animals and those left behind,” said Jessica Del Guercio. “Hundreds of pets were left behind, and shelters are full to the max in dire need of northern rescues to pull adoptable pets and make room for incoming displaced pets.”

The team is collecting monetary donations, gas cards, and pet supply donations to help support shelters in the Carolinas. They also plan to bring back homeless animals to be cared for at rescue centers in the Northeast.

The following locations will be accepting supply donations through noon on Wednesday, Sept. 26:

Fairfield County


  • Pet Supplies Plus at Atlas Park Mall in Glendale, Queens

As for monetary donations to cover trip expenses and remaining supplies, you may donate at via Puppy Kitty NYC’s Go Fund Me page or by contributing to Jessica Del Guercio’s personal fundraiseron Facebook.

As North Carolina continues to recover in the weeks and months to come, please consider donating to support the cause for the animals that did not have the means to evacuate from the storm.

For more on how to help, visit and

– Meghan McSharry

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