WASHINGTON (Circa) — Despite evacuation orders in the Carolinas, many have chosen not to heed the warnings. Those at Hallie Hill Animal Sanctuary are staying put.
The 157 dogs and 51 cats residing at the shelter in Hollywood, South Carolina, will remain throughout the storm this coming weekend. Jennifer Middleton, the executive director of the shelter, told CNN that evacuation would be a more devastating process than staying through the hurricane for many of the animals. Many of Middleton's animals are sick, elderly or come from backgrounds of abuse and relocation could cause them more harm.
The workers at the animal sanctuary are not worried about flooding. As the name implies, Hallie Hill is located on a hill so the animals will not be at risk.
Though they've decided to stay put, Hallie Hill continues to post on social media to their followers about the importance of preparing pets for hurricanes and including them in evacuation plans.