Wayside Waifs hurricane rescue vehicle

GRANDVIEW, MO (KCTV) -- Wayside Waifs’ rescue team is ready to go if they get the call for help from shelters in Hurricane Florence’s path.

Here, they were having an adoption special to make room for any animals they bring back.

They are trying to help dogs find forever homes. All dogs over 40 pounds can be adopted for half-off their adoption fee.

“If we could help out today and adopt a dog to make room, that would make us happy,” said Kristen O’Connell, who was looking to adopt.

O’Connell and her family just happened to be looking for a large dog and lived on the East Coast during Hurricane Sandy.

“We understand what can happen,” she said. “So, I think that’s an excellent program and our hearts do go out to the people in the Carolinas and what’s going on.”

Wayside Waifs’ FEMA-certified animal rescue and response team is ready to head east in a rescue trailer to help when they get the call.

“We’ll hit the road and go down and either take animals out of their shelter that have been there for some time, or stay and help care for animals that have been rescued from the storm,” said Trish Stinger with Wayside Waifs.

Stinger said they are not taking people’s animals that were rescued from the storm, but that they’re simply taking animals who haven’t been adopted to make room for animals rescued during the hurricane.

The adoption special has been going on for a couple days now and it will be over at the end of the night, at 8 p.m.

“Dogs are awesome, so adopt yours today,” Avery O’Connell said.

They can fit about sixty animals, which is how many they brought back during Hurricane Harvey last year.

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