North Dakota based Turtle Mountain Animal Rescue, is traveling south to help with animal rescue efforts in the aftermath of Florence.
During the historic hurricane season of 2017, Keith Benning, founder of Turtle Mountain Animal Rescue, (TMAR) a North Dakota based non-profit he operates out of his garage, drove to Texas to assist with animal rescue efforts after Hurricane Harvey. Benning spent a week in Texas wading through high water and battling extreme heat rescuing stranded and starving animals. He was part of a massive rescue operation that saved thousands of animal’s lives. From dogs and cats to horses, Benning‘s skills are perfectly suited for this type of rescue in the trenches.
16 days after Hurricane Harvey is estimated to have displaced 13 million people in Texas, Hurricane Irma made landfall in Florida. Instead of driving back to North Dakota, Keith packed his bags and drove east to Florida where he spent another week in treacherous conditions rescuing hundreds more. Now, he’s going back again to assist with animal rescue efforts after Florence. Keith will be assisting where he is needed most, rescuing animals from shelters, trapped in houses, horses stranded without food. He is prepared for whatever scenario he is needed for. Keith is packing up the same truck and canoe from last year and will begin his journey down south on Sunday to help with rescue efforts indefinitely. The organization will document his journey on their Facebook page, Turtle Mountain Animal Rescue.
TMAR has been operating since 2013 and has since saved more than four thousand animals in North Dakota. The group, which consists of Keith as the shelter manager and a dozen other volunteers have made media headlines across the nation for their heroic efforts and success rescuing animals from freezing winter conditions, all out of a 4 kennel garage. Their plight has documented by a bestselling author in a book called Rescue Matters, which will released in December and available everywhere books are sold.
TMAR is a 501c3 non-profit rescuing 70-100 animals a month with the hope of building a much needed shelter in Northern North Dakota. You can support their efforts by visiting their Facebook page or website www.turtlemountainanimalrescue.org making a donation or sending supplies.