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Animal shelters partner with ASPCA to give pets a home after Irma

(WPEC)

Local animal shelters are using a unique partnership to clear their shelters to make room for lost or abandoned Hurricane Irma pets.

Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League and Palm Beach County Animal Control, two of the largest shelters in the area, are full, So they've joined forces with the ASPCA in New York to fly 200 dogs and cats to their shelters.

Shelter staff loaded a private plane with the pets Wednesday morning.

"That's critical space that we need for when these lost animals from hurricane Irma come in," said Rich Anderson, CEO of Peggy Adams.

The organizations are bracing themselves for the influx of pets they'll soon receive. Anderson says they already accepted surrendered animals before the storm even started.

"We just want to help reunite lost pets with their owners as quickly as possible," he said.

Wednesday's flight ensures they'll have the resources available to help hurricane victims.

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