Woman Rescues Hurricane Irma Dog and Restores Faith in Humanity

Lori Ennis
by Lori Ennis
The displaced pets from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma have been tugging at our hearts, and one abandoned dog in Florida found refuge and a home in the middle of the storm.

Pets have been some of the saddest victims of the hurricanes the U.S. has been devasted by in the last weeks. Many surrender their pets to shelters as they look for shelter themselves, and some even just leave them and abandon them to fend for themselves.

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And, I’ve said it many times. I often prefer pets to people–particularly when people will not only abandon their dogs, but will leave them in cages and tethered to literally suffer with no hope of rescue.

Imgur user AmIaWifeOrASword was getting ready for Hurricane Irma in central Florida when she saw a timid dog looking pitiful. She called to the dog, who was smart enough to look before crossing the street and realized the poor thing was starving, thirsty and fearfully alone.

‘AmIaWife’ fed her three bowls of food and two cups of water and said that the poor thing barely took a breath as she inhaled the sustenance. She looked to be around a year-old and was scuffed with bleeding paws and matted fur. She had tar stuck to her back end and because of her trauma, was not trusting of strangers. That said, she was so desperate for help, she carefully let ‘AmIaWife’ tend to her.

After a bath and some shaving, she was very snuggly. She realized that she was in safe hands, and was not in pain from the matted fur. The woman tried to find the dogs owner, using social media to get the word out and thinks she found the dog’s original owners. Turns out they didn’t want her anymore, and she’d gone through several different families before just being left on the side of the road to figure life out for herself. She’d been dumped in a totally different city and had been wandering for a month.

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It was obvious that her wandering was over. She’d found her forever home, and ‘AmIaWife’ named her Amaterasu (and calls her Amy). She now cuddles all the time and seems to realize that her mama is her savior, as she wants to be with her all the time.

‘AmIaWife’ says she thanks the doggo gods for bringing Amy to them, and they rode the horrendous storm out together, paw in hand forever.

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