Safe Haven Equine Rescue & Retirement Home used a rescue boat and other equipment purchased with a grant to help rescue animals affected by September flooding in North Carolina after Hurricane Florence.

The Gilmer nonprofit organization joined the response team of Code 3 Associates and several other organizations to stage in a “zero resource environment,” Safe Haven said. Team members operated out of Code 3’s Big Animal Rescue Truck during the week they helped respond to flooding.

Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation previously had awarded the organization a $20,478 grant that it used to buy the boat and motor, dry suits, life vests and other equipment. Kerri Downs, Safe Haven’s rescue team coordinator, said that while the organization has participated in emergency animal rescue operations in the past, Florence was the first time the group had used the boat and other equipment.

“During this time, numerous animals were rescued, including, but not limited to, dogs, cats, domestic birds, chickens, turkeys, pigs, goats, horses and cows,” information from Save Haven said.

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