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Maine shelter prepares to take in animals from Hurricane Florence

It's not just people, but animals that are being evacuated as Hurricane Florence moves in. (WGME)

WESTBROOK (WGME) -- It's not just people, but animals that are being evacuated as Hurricane Florence moves in.

As Hurricane Florence bares down on the Carolinas, the Animal Refuge League in Westbrook is trying to help and do their part by clearing kennels to make room for relief.

The dogs are vocal about wanting out, but the cats are a little more reserved.

Every animal at the shelter could use a new home, and now is an important time to find one. Free space now means the refuge league can help more later.

They are part of a network across the country that collaborates with organizations to welcome animals to their shelter impacted by natural disasters and other issues.

They've done this before during Hurricane Maria last year, taking in pets from Puerto Rico. They are going to do it again and are giving potential adopters extra incentive to visit.

"This Friday through Sunday we're doing a name your own adoption fee here at the Animal Refuge League for any dog or cat over 1 year old,” Jeana Roth said. “Our goal is to make some space here to welcome animals from hurricane impacted regions. It's a really great time to adopt if you're looking for a new family member."

If you can't adopt and still want to help, Roth says fostering, volunteering, and donations are great ways to contribute.

IDEXX is even doubling every donation through the rest of the month.

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