Sali Gear - The Virginia Beach resident co-owns Island Dog Rescue, a local nonprofit that specializes in saving dogs from the U.S. Virgin Islands, where she grew up.
Gear had two days to come up with a way to fly 300 animals to the area so they could go to her farm in Virginia Beach.
Her solution? Charter a plane – fast
Hurricane Irma had just struck St John, St Thomas, and St Croix and hurricane Maria was on her way. She came up with the idea to charter a plane from Miami to the islands to save all the animals left stranded on the islands. Her donors raised $112,000 to help get her there, pick up the animals and bring them to saftey at her shelter.
The animals landed safely Tuesday.
“I did it because it had to be done,” she said before the animals arrived. “People have moved heaven and earth to make this happen.”
Gear said she hadn’t slept more than four hours any night for almost two weeks.
“This is a sprint, not a marathon,” she said. “I’m exhausted emotionally, physically – but spiritually, I’m not.”
WE NEED MORE HEROES LIKE THIS LADY