Trucker Rescues Animals: Tennessee trucker Tony Alsup has earned positive karma for life. By playing a modern-day Noah’s Arc, he has successfully snagged 64 animals from the arms of Hurricane Florence.
In the wake of Hurricane Harvey this past year, Alsup received word that many shelters were looking for help to relocate their animals to safer grounds. Alsup immediately volunteered, but found that there was some miscommunication between himself and the shelter.
While Alsup was planning on loading just a few animals into his cab, the shelter was counting on him to load his entire flatbed up with the abandoned pets.
Knowing that if he didn’t do something these animals might be in grave danger, he knew he had to come up with a better plan.
“But I’m a man of my word. If I give you my word, it’s gonna get done,” Alsup told USA Today. “So I said, you know what, why don’t I just go buy a bus?”
A few days and $3,200 later, Alsup headed down to Texas in a repurposed school bus. He rescued animals throughout hurricane season ever since.
So far, Alsup rescued 53 dogs and 11 cats from South Carolina this year, and safely dropped them off in Alabama.
“I love it,” Alsup said. “People don’t believe me, they say it’s got to be barking crazy. But, no. They know I’m the Alpha dog and I’m not here to hurt them.”
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