Big Dog Ranch Rescue evacuates dogs from the Bahamas on a mega yacht

Big Dog Ranch Rescue evacuates dogs from the Bahamas on a mega yacht

Facebook Live from Nassau, Bahamas - Dogs being loaded onto trucks.

#RescueYacht. Dogs are being evacuated from the Bahamas Humane Society in Nassau. They will be placed on a yacht. The project was organized by Big Dog Ranch Rescue.

Posted by WPTV on Saturday, September 7, 2019

Big Dog Ranch Rescue in Loxahatchee has a history of going to places hit by hurricanes where animals are in need of human help.

#RescueYacht Dogs arrived last night aboard the M/Y Laurel. The will arrive in the Palm Beaches around 6 a.m.

Posted by T.A. Walker - WPTV on Sunday, September 8, 2019

The Bahamian capital of Nassau has become the home base for relief. It’s the drop off point for evacuating people and animals off the islands decimated after Hurricane Dorian.

The staff at Big Dog Ranch Rescue knew if they could evacuate dogs from the Bahamas Humane Society, it would make room for hurt, abandon and stray dogs coming in by boats and planes from harder hit areas like Grand Bahama, Marsh Harbor and Abaco.

#RescueYacht HAPPENING NOW: Big Dog Ranch Rescue loading a jet to rescue 60 animals from The Bahamas. WPTV

Posted by T.A. Walker - WPTV on Saturday, September 7, 2019

On Saturday, Big Dog Ranch flew more than 50 crates and emergency pet supplies via cargo plane out of South Florida. Dozens of Humane Society volunteers and employees began tagging, bathing and de-matting dogs.

Administrator Fiona Moody, who’s become attached to the 50 dogs, says it’s bittersweet to see them go.

“We're a no kill shelter and some of these kids have been here with me for like three or four years," said Moody.

She says she’s happy to send them to South Florida to welcoming families with comfy beds and air conditioning.

Last minute, frantic pleads for these rescued dogs. They are being flown in from Old Marsh right now. They will land...

Posted by T.A. Walker - WPTV on Saturday, September 7, 2019

Some dogs barely made it in from the harder hit areas, and at the last minute were loaded onto the truck headed for a yacht 10 minutes away. Now, they are headed for the Palm Beaches.

The yacht left Nassau on Saturday night, went to Freeport to drop off emergency animal supplies on Saturday and is expected to arrive in Riviera Beach Monday morning.

Many visitors to the FOX 29 Facebook page are asking how they can adopt these dogs. Big Dog Ranch Rescue says there is a mandatory quarantine period and then they will need to be nursed back to health.

But the organization points out, if you adopt one of the 500 dogs they have now, you’ll make room for the Bahamian dogs.

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