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Florida seeks shelter for 400 animals as Dorian approaches

The nonprofit South Florida Wildlife Center is located in Fort Lauderdale, which is in the cone area that may be affected by the hurricane. The center treats injured and orphaned animals such as owls, squirrels, ducks and possums with the aim of rehabilitating them and releasing them into the wild.

  What to Do with Your Pets During a Hurricane

"Everyone has their hands full, we had 411 animals on the property when I was at this Tomorrow came, "Dr. Renata Schneider told the station on Friday.

The center has started releasing animals that were in good condition. Animal instincts would make them safer in the wild during a hurricane than in a cage.

Those who are not, are taken to a nursing home to weather the storm, the station reported.

  Wild horses rely on the instinct to survive the hurricane.
Hurricanes are a source of concern for both wildlife and domestic animals. Hurricane Harvey in Texas separated pets from their owners two years ago, as the flood became too high. And wild animals were driven out of their environment because of the storm.
The Charleston Animal Society is preparing for the possibility that the animals may be in distress on the path of the hurricane. Employees drove from South Carolina to Florida on Friday to pick up 60 to 100 animals and protect them from Dorian, CNN's subsidiary WCBD said.

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