PAWS of Greenwich founder heads South to help displaced pets
GREENWICH — Jessica DelGuercio, founder of the local animal advocacy group PAWS of Greenwich, will be en route Thursday to North Carolina for a rescue mission to help pets affected by Hurricane Florence.
The marketing consultant joined forces with the co-founders of Puppy Kitty NYC, an all-volunteer nonprofit animal rescue group, to raise money and collect supplies ahead of the trip. The donations will be dropped at animal crisis centers and shelters for displaced people and pets in the South. The group will then bring back homeless animals to rescues in the Northeast.
Though the hurricane made landfall nearly two weeks ago, flooding is ongoing and officials say rescue and recovery efforts will go on for weeks to come. More than 40 people died during the hurricane, and over 10,000 people were displaced.
“As a passionate animal advocate I had to take action and do my small part to help the voiceless - displaced animals and those left behind,” said DelGuercio in a statement.
DelGuercio has connected with rescue groups on social media and has seen their calls for help.
“I couldn’t ignore it,” she said. “Hundreds of pets were left behind, and shelters are full to the max in dire need of northern rescues to pull adoptable pets and make room for incoming displaced pets.”
Monetary donations can be made online via Puppy Kitty NYC’s Go Fund Me page. Donors can support DelGuercio’s trip by contributing to her personal fundraiser on Facebook.