The nonprofit South Florida Wildlife Center is in Fort Lauderdale, which is in the cone area that might be affected by the hurricane. The center treats injured and orphaned animals such as owls, squirrels, ducks and opossums with a goal of rehabilitating and releasing them into the wild.
“Everybody has their hands full. We had 411 animals on the property when I came in this morning,” Dr. Renata Schneider told the station Friday.
The center has started releasing animals that were in good shape, she said, adding that animal instincts will keep them safer in the wild during a hurricane than they would be in a cage.
Those who are not will be placed in a foster home to ride out the storm, the station reported.