Since our inception in 2015, SOAR has been immediately available to those in need.
Whether it was individuals in need or entire communities devastated by natural disasters SOAR was there to provide aid for those in need.
In 2016, parts of West Virginia were devastated by torrential rain in a 24 hour period. SOAR was called upon by 2 small area rescues to help. SOAR immediately went to work. Volunteers gathered pet food and supplies, ultimately filling a box truck that left the following night to the devastated areas. The rescues were able to assist many of the pets that had been abandoned, and placed in the over-burdened area shelters.
In August of 2017 Hurricane Harvey slammed into Houston Texas causing massive damage. SOAR teamed up with local Tampa Bay businesses including Dog Bar St. Pete and Pet Supplies Plus, Clearwater and Pinellas Park locations. Tons of food and supplies were raised and transported to the devastation.
On September 20th, 2017 Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico and SOAR was called upon to help raise funds and supplies to send to the devastated victims and the countless animals wandering the streets in need.
On October 10th, 2018 Hurricane Michael hit the Florida Panhandle as a category 5 hurricane devastating the region. Many residents were left homeless and many pets and live stock were left abandoned or homeless. Over one thousand horses and thousands of dogs and cats were rescued and almost a year later the need for pet food and supplies is huge! SOAR recently joined forces with The Bruno Foundation, a Tampa Bay Rescue who has made it their mission to not let the ongoing crises in the Florida Panhandle become forgotten. SOAR provided funds for two rental trucks and fuel, which were loaded with food and supplies and dispersed to the panhandle. The second truck held over eleven tons of food and supplies! The Tampa Bay community, Pet Supplies Plus and SOAR followers generously donated food and supplies
The Bruno Foundation has made the Florida Panhandle their mission so the animals there will not be forgotten in their time of great need-it is an ongoing mission and SOAR will continue to be a part of this cause.
So, whether it is local catastrophe or devastation outside of the Tampa Bay area and Florida, SOAR will continue to be there for those in need in dire situations. An animal in need is a cause for ALL to join in and help, by any means possible, large or small.
There truly is power in numbers.