This man is not driving a school bus so he can bring children to class – instead, he is using it as a makeshift Noah’s Ark for all the dogs and cats left behind during hurricanes.
When Hurricane Harvey hit Texas back in 2017, Tony Alsup heard about all of the animals who were in need of rescuing from the danger area. So he simply bought a school bus, ripped out the seats, filled the passenger area floor-to-ceiling with kennels, and started picking up as many shelter animals as he could fit into the cages.
According to The Washington Post, he used the bus during Hurricane Irma as well. When his bus was unable to help with Hurricane Maria battering Puerto Rico, he volunteered to look after horses.
Now, the 51-year-old trucker been piloting his bus across North and South Carolina to rescue shelter pets from Hurricane Florence.
Last week, Alsup rescued 64 animals from 4 different shelters in just two days. He then brought all the animals to his friend’s animal shelter in Alabama before turning around and heading back up the coast so he could pick up more animals.
“I’m like, look, these are lives too,” Alsup told The Post during a pit stop. “Animals — especially shelter pets — they always have to take the back seat of the bus. But I’ll give them their own bus. If I have to I’ll pay for all the fuel, or even a boat, to get these dogs out of there.”
Saint Frances Animal Shelter from Georgetown County, South Carolina praised Alsup’s efforts on social media, saying: “Tony swooped in at 4am Wednesday morning to pick up our ‘leftovers‘ – the dogs with blocky heads, the ones with heartworm. The ones no one else will ever take. And he got them to safety.
“Not the most conventional evacuation, but surely the one with the most heart,” they added.
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