Two puppies who have never seen each other before have become the best of friends, all due to the tornadoes in Georgia leaving them homeless and family-less. Shortly after the tornadoes struck, the puppies found each other wandering a debris filled street and have stuck by each other’s sides ever since. These two puppies, Sebastian and Sabien, were rescued from the scene of destruction by the HAND Foundation, an organization that transports animals from shelters where they might be euthanized to places where they have a better chance of being adopted. These two puppies, along with 24 other homeless dogs, were taken to the Humane Society of Tampa Bay, Fl. on Tuesday of this week.
The deadly storms and tornadoes that ripped through Georgia on April 27th and 28th have killed more than a dozen people, and prompted Governor Nathan Deal to declare a state of emergency for 16 counties in the state. In addition to the people killed by the storms, many more animals have been left to fend for themselves. Thankfully, Sebastian and Sabien found each other and developed a mutual bond and friendship which has allowed them to make it through what has probably been the worst experience of their lives.
“They are clearly not the same age, not the same size, not the same breed, and they found
each other, wandering down the road with nowhere to go,” said Pam Backer, director of shelter operations at the Humane Society of Tampa Bay. “Puppies are very resilient,” she said. “If they experience something traumatic, those two probably have the edge, because they’ve had each other to cling to during the whole ordeal.”
Sebastian and Sebien, along with the 24 other dogs, are just the first batch of puppies the Humane Society expects to rescue from natural disasters. Another 50 dogs are set to arrive from flooded areas in Mississippi on Friday. The dogs that are available for adoption at the Humane Society are a mix of different breeds, including hounds and terriers. Backer says she’d like to see Sebastian and Sebien adopted together.
If you are interested in adopting any of these homeless pets rescued from the recent natural disasters, contact the Humane Society of Tampa Bay.