Hurricane Irma comes just after the devastation of Storm Harvey, cutting a destructive path through the Carribean and much of the Gulf Coast. As it hits Florida, thousands are evacuating and tensions are high.
But luckily, that hasn't stopped people from protecting the most helpless members of society. From stories of charities going to Florida to transport shelter animals to safer states, to hotels and hostels lifting restrictions to let families keep their beloved pets with them, we have all seen things that restore our faith in humanity.
Here are 7 photos from Irma of some truly heartwarming animal rescues:
1. Dolphins prepare to be airlifted from Cayo Guillermo, Cuba, to a safer area
Source: Osvaldo Gutierrez Gomez/European Pressphoto Agency
2. Gretchen and Ron Levine look after dogs left in their care in Hollywood, Florida
3. Chickens are wrapped securely to make sure they don't fight if they become stressed as they're transported to safety
CHICKEN EVACUATION Gotta love the people in Key West! Thank you to Local Selfie Celeb @Jayesh Mani for doing what the rest of us only wished for! 💙🌴🐓#onlyinkeywest
4. A vulture is lead into a shelter in Miami
Source: Timothy Fadek/ABC News
5. A manatee stranded on land by the storm is rescued in Sarasota
Source: Facebook/Marcelo Clavijo
6. Flamingos in Miami Zoo huddle in a hurricane-proof shelter
Source: Wilfredo Lee/Associated Press
7. Children put their chickens into a shelter before the hurricane in Cap-Haitien, Haiti
Source: Hector Retamal/Agence France-Presse
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