A 51-year-old truck driver from Tennessee drove a big yellow school bus to the Carolinas ahead of the impending storm last Friday to rescue 64 animals from flooding, the Greenville News reports.
Tony Alsup, of Greenback, Tenn., started picking up stray animals in South Carolina last Monday in Dillon, Georgetown, North Myrtle Beach, and Orangeburg, as Florence was downgraded to a tropical storm. He also made his rounds to overflowing animal shelters in North Carolina.
Before he left, he posted about his plans to Facebook. “I’m en route to SC to be better positioned to respond.”
He loaded a total of 53 dogs and 11 cats into the bus. He will move them to a shelter in Alabama, where they’ll be distributed ― and adopted ― across the United States.
“We take on the ones that deserve a chance even though they are big and a little ugly. But I love big dogs, and we find places for them,” Alsup told the Greenville News.
The Saint Frances Animal Center in Georgetown, S.C., wrote on Facebook about how grateful they are of Alsup’s rescue operation. “It’s all true — Tony swooped in at 4am Wednesday morning to pick up our ‘leftovers’ — the dogs with blocky heads, the ones with heartworm. The ones no one else will ever take. And he got them to safety. Not the most conventional evacuation, but surely the one with the most heart.”
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