Hurricane Irma Survivors

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These dogs have come so far, but they are not out of the woods yet. They need your help as they strive to overcome these last few physical and emotional hurdles. With your help, these dogs will not just survive, they will thrive. Please give a gift today.

Late Saturday night, dozens of rescuers worked together to save Hurricane Irma dogs in route from Florida to Williamsburg, Virginia. Late at night armfuls of dogs were unloaded from the transport vehicle to open arms of volunteers, fosters, and Heritage Humane Society staff.

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Heritage Humane Society is proud to have worked together with Williamsburg-based, Homes for Hounds Rescue to relieve the pressure of the abundance of misplaced pets in Florida shelters due to Hurricane Irma.

Immediately upon their arrival at Heritage Humane, soft beds were prepared. Full bowls of food and water were set down, and a new chew toy was provided for their comfort. As soon as they ate and had their photos taken, they fell asleep. We can only imagine what they have been through.

It is devastating to think that innocent lives like these were tied to trees and posts, outside during one of the worst storms to hit the country. Left to fend for themselves, unable to run and hide.

At this time the Hurricane Irma survivors are sleeping soundly in their clean, dry kennels at Heritage Humane Society. We do not know the extent of the medical, and behavioral intervention will be needed before they find their new families. But we can’t do it alone. We need your help to provide the necessary medical, and behavioral attention.


Tonight we made a promise to these tiny survivors.  We promised we would do everything in our power to help them heal, both physically and emotionally. We promise to go above and beyond to make sure these dogs will never fear for their lives again.


Interested in Adopting?

Thank you for your interest in adopting a Hurricane Irma pet. Right now we are taking names/numbers on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please know we have had A LOT of interest in rescuing these little survivors, we appreciate your patience. If you are interested in adopting one of the dogs, please email your information to (be sure to note that you’re interested in one of the Hurricane Irma dogs) and we will be in touch. At this time, we are not sure of the exact date the Hurricane Irma dogs will be ready to go home, based on medical and behavioral needs. 

Please know we have dozens of dogs that are available right now that also need loving homes. To view all adoptable pets, please visit and keep updated with HHS Rescues at