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On Thursday morning, Escambia County Animal Services, Friends of the Escambia County Animal Shelter, and the Humane Society of the United States loaded 63 dogs from hurricane-impacted shelters in Bay County onto a Brasilia cargo plane to be transported to a partner shelter in San Diego, where they will be made available for adoption. Thirty additional dogs on board the plane were taken from the Escambia County Animal Shelter in order to make room for additional animal transfers from hurricane-impacted shelters.
The plane departed the Pensacola Aviation Center at approximately 8:38 a.m. and was piloted by David's Aviation. An Escambia County Animal Shelter staff member is on board the plane and will help transport the animals when they arrive in San Diego this afternoon.
Since Hurricane Michael, Escambia County has taken in 156 cats and 91 dogs to be transported to partner shelters for adoption.
Another flight is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 19. The flight will transport approximately 150 cats and two dogs to Seattle.
For updates from Escambia County as staff work in hurricane-impacted areas, like Escambia County Emergency Management and Escambia County on Facebook.
To volunteer to support Hurricane Michael recovery efforts in Florida or to donate to the Florida Disaster Fund, visit VolunteerFlorida.org.