This kind man refuses to see anyone left behind during natural disasters, especially animals.
That is the reason why the man from Greenback, Tennesee turned a bus into a mobile animal shelter to pick up all the “leftover” pets that animal shelters couldn’t place before they evacuated for hurricanes like Harvey and Florence.
According to The Washington Post., he recently traveled from his home in Tennessee to South Carolina to save more than 60 animals during Hurricane Florence, 53 dogs and 11 cats as of Sept. 16.
“I’m like, look, these are lives too,” Alsup told the publication.
“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.”
As soon as he saw reports of animal shelters that were overcrowded when hurricane Harvey hit Texas, Alsup started rescuing animals.
“I thought, well what can I do?” he said. “I’ll just go buy a bus.”
In that way, he could transport the animals to shelters that had space or were vacant. Then, he continued rescue animals during hurricanes Maria and Irma.
On his Facebook page, he asked to be pointed in the direction of where pets needed help most in South Carolina during the most recent hurricane.
“It’s all true. Tony swooped in at 4 a.m.Wednesday morning to pick up our ‘leftovers’ — the dogs with blocky heads, the ones with heartworm,” the Saint Frances Animal Center wrote on Facebook. “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.”
And that is because when Tony says no one left behind, he really means it.
“It’s so easy for people to adopt the small pets and the cuties and the cuddly,” Alsup told Greenville News. “We take on the ones that deserve a chance even though they are big and a little ugly. But I love big dogs, and we find places for them.”
As soon as Alsup rescued the dogs from Hurrican Florence, he drove them to Foley, Alabama. In his friend’s shelter.
In that place, Angela Eib-Maddux gave all of them baths and fluffy blankets.
Until she could find shelters or foster homes for them, the animals would stay with Eib-Maddux. And all this work was done in a day.
Luckily, some of the animals were immediately adopted. Alsup brought other dogs and cats to Knoxville, Tennesee where he handed off about 40 animals to shelters and volunteers.
Then, he rested up a little and decided to head back toward Wilmington, N.C. to save some more animals.
Although he wasn’t sure if it was possible for him to get there with all the flooding, he was determined to try. No one gets left behind.
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