The recent Hurricane Florence not only caused devastation to human beings and property but also to animals.
Alsup a 51-year-old trucker from Greenback, Tenn., has been on a mission to save as many animals as he can ahead of Hurricane Florence.
Inside Alsup’s bus, the seats are removed to make room for its passengers and on the bus’s side are the words written, “EMERGENCY ANIMAL RESCUE SHELTER.” which should have been “Noah’s Ark.”
Alsup and his bus have rescued 53 dogs and 11 cats from South Carolina shelters that were in Florence’s treacherous path, but he expects to find more.
“I’m like, look, these are lives too,” Alsup said during a stop at Waffle House stop. “Animals — especially shelter pets — they always have to take the back seat of the bus. But I’ll give them their own bus. If I have to I’ll pay for all the fuel, or even a boat, to get these dogs out of there.”
Alsup wants to open his own animal shelter one day. He has been rescuing shelter pets from floodwaters with his school bus since Hurricane Harvey wrecked damage at the Texas coast last year.
Since the time Alsup began his recent rescues, kennels in his vehicle were stacked from floor to ceiling. But that didn’t deter him one bit, as he rolled along his route, telling his Facebook followers that he had room for more, and telling them to let him know where they wanted to drop their pets for him to pick up.
“NO ONE LEFT BEHIND,” he wrote in one Facebook post, before signing off with his standard line, “Love y’all, mean it.”