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Toyota Lends a Hand to Help Animals Displaced by Hurricanes

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Rebuilding after a hurricane is beyond agonizing. For those with fur babies displaced by the storm, rebuilding becomes heartbreaking. Now, the folks at Toyota want to help find missing animals affected by Hurricane Irma.

Over the next two months, the auto giant will dispatch vehicles to chauffeur rescue animals and supplies from Florida neighborhoods impacted by Irma to top-tier no-kill shelters in the sunshine state and neighboring areas.

Teaming Up for Good

The automaker has teamed up with GreaterGood.org — a 501(c)(3) that supports charitable organizations like the ASPCA — to help stranded animals as part of its mission to improve the health and well-being of people, pets and the planet.

In addition to providing cars, Toyota and Southeast Toyota Distributors pledged a total of $10,000 for continued rescue and rebuild efforts in Florida.

"With Toyota's aid, we're able to transport animals, pet supplies and building materials from distressed shelters to neighboring states so we can continue the rescue and rebuilding efforts that are still unfolding," said Denise Bash, Director of Special Projects for GreaterGood.org, in a statement. "We have a long recovery road ahead of us, but we're inspired and encouraged by the outpouring of generosity from across the globe."

Helping Hands

Toyota says its hope is that the donation and vehicle loans will boost ongoing rescue efforts and ultimately reunite displaced pets with their owners. "We're honored to lend a helping hand to our family, friends, coworkers, neighbors and pets in communities as they begin to rebuild their lives in the wake of the storm," Corey Proffitt, East Coast Communications Manager for Toyota North America said in a press release.

The carmaker's monetary donations will help kick off phase one, a kind of canine convoy. This phase will focus on providing funding and resources to transport organizations and the shelters that are housing a growing number of missing pooches and other animals in Florida.

Then, phase two will utilize donations for RescueRebuild, a community-driven volunteer program of GreaterGood.org that is working to rebuild, repair and renovate animal shelters and rescues in the Florida Keys that sustained heavy storm damage. Money will also go towards animal food and veterinary assistance as the region gets back on its feet.

Here's hoping for a speedy reunion for those missing furry loved ones.

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