WASHINGTON (WUSA) - A D.C. animal shelter is scheduled to adopt eight dogs and two litters of kittens that were evacuated from a shelter in South Carolina.
The rescued animals are anticipated to arrive at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday ahead of Hurricane Matthew.
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley ordered an evacuation of 1 million people along the coast 3 p.m. on Wednesday. As families of Beaufort county packed their valuables in anticipation of the storm, members of the Washington Humane Society and Washington Animal Rescue League devised their own rescue operation to take in animals from Beaufort's shelter.
The Washington Humane Society and Washington Animal Rescue League say the animals will be delivered to one of their four D.C. partner shelters, according to a press release.
WUSA weather forecasters say there is "no change on Matthew's strength," but experts do not anticipate the hurricane reaching the D.C. area.