(WPTV) — Jacksonville community members prepared to weather Hurrican Dorian themselves came to the rescue for several rescue animals as well.
Jacksonville Humane Society put out a call Monday for "storm troopers" to act as foster homes for its animals during the encroaching storm. Families were invited to comes pickup for dogs, cats, or kittens and provide a warm home instead of a shelter kennel for the animals.
The humane society says it emptied nearly all of its cages.
"Your response to our call for help was tremendous, and we can't thank everyone enough for their generosity and support. We feel so incredibly lucky to be a part of such a kind, compassionate community," the humane society wrote on Facebook.
CNN reports 140 cats and 70 dogs are now all in temporary foster homes through the society's program.
"Thanks to [volunteers], nearly all of our pets will ride out Hurricane Dorian in loving Storm Trooper foster homes," the humane society wrote.
Any animals that remain at the shelter will be cared for by a small crew at the humane society.