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Dogs Brought From Florida To Lansing Could Be Available Soon

Dozens of dogs rescued from the path of Hurricane Dorian in Florida are now in Michigan.

Capital Area Humane Society, Julia Willson
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Capital Area Humane Society President & CEO Julia Willson feeds treats to Quinton, one of 15 dogs the shelter is housing. The dog was brought from Florida ahead of Hurricane Dorian.

Julia Willson is the President and CEO of the Capital Area Humane Society in Lansing. On Monday afternoon, she shared an office with Bessie, a brown and white dog that’s quietly lying down on a dog bed.

“She’s about 10-years-old and you can see she’s nervous and affected by the stress," said Willson. 

Bessie is one of 85 dogs removed from shelters from the Jacksonville, Florida area ahead of Hurricane Dorian.

Capital Area Humane Society
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Lizzo, one of several dogs at the Capital Area Humane Society that was brought from Florida ahead of Hurricane Dorian.

Fifteen dogs have a temporary home at Capital Area Humane Society

Willson said some of the dogs could be ready for adoption later this week.

“They need to be spayed or neutered and have a behavior evaluation too," said Willson. "So there are some processing things that have to happen on our end before we release them for adoption. But several dogs look ready to go.”

The dogs range from 40 to 90 pounds and 10 months to 10 years old.

Willson said moving the dogs to Michigan is part of a nationwide effort to get pets out of harm’s way before a large hurricane hits.

“You know it’s meaningful to us that we can reach out," said Willson. "We certainly would want, if we were in need, to have other shelters help us. So believe we need to be part of the solution.”

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