Ron and Gretchen Levine run a pet sitting service called A Paw Above in Florida. During Hurricane Irma, they opened up their home to any pets needing shelter and helping families in the area to evacuate and stay safe until the storm was over.
There were many families who decided to evacuate but didn’t know what to do with their pets. That’s when Ron and Gretchen decided to bring in and watch as many animals as possible. They also volunteered to rescue pets for people who had been on vacation and couldn’t make it back to their homes.
After all was said and done, the final tally was 46 pets from 23 different families! And those families are forever grateful to the Levines for their incredible act of kindness.
With all of those animals, you might think it’d be sheer madness. But believe it or not, they all got along quite well!
The couple separated the big dogs from the small dogs and the cats were set up in a second bedroom.
The dogs and cats played and cuddled in their respective areas and seemed to enjoy hanging out with each other. Some dogs were even able to venture outside after the winds calmed down. The house ended up losing power once, but the couple had a back-up generator to keep all of the food and meds safe.
Even though the worst part of the hurricane is over, Ron and Gretchen are willing to keep the pets as long as needed. Some of the families’ flights have been delayed or canceled, and others just need more time to make it back home to Florida safely.
And that’s okay — everyone is having a good time at the Levine household. ?