On Friday, September 15th, The Miami HEAT teamed up with the Golden State Warriors and FedEx to airlift over 100 pre-Hurricane Irma pets from local Miami animal shelters to no-kill animal shelters in Oakland, California. Due to the severe impact to the South Florida area during Hurricane Irma, many animals were displaced from their owners or abandoned. The relocation of pre-storm animals created space in the Miami animal shelters for these animals. The FedEx MD-10 arrived in Miami prior to the rescue airlift carrying more than $11 million worth of relief for victims of Hurricane Irma.
Miami HEAT Captain, Udonis Haslem, HEAT Head Coach, Erik Spoelstra, and HEAT Chief Executive Officer, Nick Arison along with HEAT staffers assisted in loading over 100 dogs and cats from the Miami area shelters on board The FedEx Express MD – 10. The animals were then flown to Oakland, California where Golden State Warriors players Zaza Pachulia and Jordan Bell, Assistant Coach, Willie Green and other Warriors staffers welcomed them. The animals were delivered to no-kill shelters in the Oakland area where they will have the opportunity to be adopted by local families.
Miami-Dade Animal Services encourages anyone who has lost their pet to visit the shelter on a daily basis to search for their beloved cat or dog. Animal Services staff is available to help search in all areas of the facility.