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Dozens of (Very Cute) Cats and Dogs Evacuated from Irma Settle In at N.H. Shelters

Todd Bookman/NHPR

Ziggy, Ana, Ivy and Tuxedo, along with some of their animal buddies, were all up for adoption in Florida before the storm. 

But as families impacted by Hurricane Irma were forced to give up their pets, and other animals were abandoned, the shelters in the storm’s path became overwhelmed.

And so, 10 dogs and 32 cats boarded a plane bound for New Hampshire.

“I think they seem pretty exhausted from their travels, but they’re settling in fine,” says Sheila Ryan with the New Hamsphire SPCA.

“Some of them seem really, really friendly. And the others will come out of their shell, so to speak.”

The ten dogs will remain in quarantine for a few more days, and many of the cats are still getting their strength back at the SPCA’s Stratham facility.

A few Florida felines, though, are already up for adoption. Telsa, a one-year old black and white, already has a suitor in Patty Pelletier, who stopped by to browse the cats.

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Sassy, a Florida evacuee, settles into life in the Granite State.

“We just kind of have a connection going here,” says Pelletier.

“She’s so soft. Yes, you are. Look how clean she is. She’s so clean.”

The NHSPCA says if they can find homes for this round of evacuated animals, they’ll bring more up from the Hurricane’s path.

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Ziggy doesn't care if you take her picture.

Todd started as a news correspondent with NHPR in 2009. He spent nearly a decade in the non-profit world, working with international development agencies and anti-poverty groups. He holds a master’s degree in public administration from Columbia University.

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