ONLY ON 3: Couple survives Hurricane Irma on Virgin Islands

ONLY ON 3: Couple survives Hurricane Irma on Virgin Islands

ONLY ON 3: Couple survives Hurricane Irma on Virgin Islands

Earlier in the week, the Miami-based cruise line Royal Caribbean International rerouted one of its ships to the U.S. Virgin Islands and the island of St. Martin in order rescue 304 people left behind in the storm - and 16 pets that belonged to them.

Gear co-owns Island Dog Rescue, a nonprofit organisation that specialises in saving dogs from the U.S. Virgin Islands.

A group who flew down and retrieved the animals from overcrowded shelters also treated many animals while they were there.

That's where Island Dog Rescue, based out of Virginia Beach, comes in to help. Many people have evacuated, but what happens to the animals?

A Virginia woman has revealed how she rescued 400 stranded pets in just two days from the US Virgin Islands before Hurricane Maria struck. Those 300-plus animals landed safely in Virginia on Tuesday evening; each of them had a note taped to their kennels that read, "I survived Hurricane Irma". She told the Pilot: "I did it because it had to be done". She's focusing her relief efforts and fundraising drives on helping people get supplies specifically to their loved ones.

"I honestly, I was about to start crying", says Tinsley Sarrett, who helped bring the animals from the airport to the farm.

Before and after the storm hit, Gear and a few friends worked to arrange for the animals to come to the states.

The dogs have been in cages since the storm hit - only being taken out for walks.

'I think sometimes how word gets out on social media surprises me, ' Gear told As the second hurricane loomed closer to the Caribbean islands, Gear knew she needed to act fast. Since then, she founded Island Dog Rescue, which as the name implies is focused on rescuing animals from the Virgin Islands.

Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-priced loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster, according to the release. They reached the US two days before Hurricane Maria hit.

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