Pets Rescued From Virgin Islands

President Donald Trump on Thursday declared that a major disaster exists in the territory of the U.S. Virgin Islands and ordered federal aid to supplement recovery efforts in the territory due to Hurricane Maria beginning on September 16 and continuing, according to a release issued by the White House.

400 cats and dogs descended on a Virginia Beach farm in the middle of the night.

That's where Island Dog Rescue, based out of Virginia Beach, comes in to help. USVI public water systems have been significantly impacted by Hurricanes Maria and Irma and subsequent flooding, including by a loss of electrical power, and are not yet fully able to provide adequately treated water to meet the needs of those affected areas.

"I did it because it had to be done, I'm exhausted emotionally, physically - but spiritually, I'm not, ' Gear told the Virginian Pilot". Originally, she planned to fly groups of 20 animals gathered from St. Thomas, St. John and St. Croix up to the continental US every day for a week following Irma's land fall. 'People have moved Heaven and Earth to make this happen'.

On Tuesday, the 300 animals safely arrived in Norfolk, Virginia - some in cages marked with the note "I survived Hurricane Irma". So now, she's helping those who are helpless.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals says they're still finding animals alone wherever the storm hit.

'I think sometimes how word gets out on social media surprises me, ' Gear told "Please be cautious with me" - where they were met by a large group of high school volunteers, led by Tinsley Sarrett, who showed up to walk the dogs upon their arrival. "They definitely need us".

For more information on how to adopt an animal, you can contact Island Dog Rescue.

"Our relocation teams will identify shelters across the country that are in the position to help find these animals homes, and our teams will start moving them to their new destinations just as quickly as we possibly can".