Management & Operations

Palm Tran Helps Transport Pets after Hurricane Irma

Posted on October 12, 2017

Palm Tran Executive Director Clinton B. Forbes assists in loading pets on an aircraft at Palm Beach International Airport following Hurricane Irma on Sept. 13.
Palm Tran Executive Director Clinton B. Forbes assists in loading pets on an aircraft at Palm Beach International Airport following Hurricane Irma on Sept. 13.
In a rush to escape Hurricane Irma’s wrath, there were reports innocent dogs and cats were abandoned by their owners. Others escaped yards and enclosures as high wind wreaked havoc. As the animals were captured in the hurricane’s aftermath, shelters were quickly running out of space. To make more room, Palm Tran worked with rescue groups to provide bus transportation for about 200 dogs and cats from shelters to Palm Beach International Airport. Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League and Palm Beach County Animal Care & Control coordinated air transportation for the animals, many of which had been at the shelters prior to the storm. The animals were flown north to shelters in New York and New Hampshire in the hopes of finding forever homes, creating the space desperately needed for the influx of animals to Florida shelters.

“Community service is at the heart of everything we do at Palm Tran and that includes serving the four-legged members of our community in a time of need,” Palm Tran Executive Director Clinton B. Forbes said.

Cats and dogs wait to be loaded and transported by Palm Tran buses to the Palm Beach Airport on Sept. 13.
Cats and dogs wait to be loaded and transported by Palm Tran buses to the Palm Beach Airport on Sept. 13.

“Our experience with Palm Tran was fantastic. The drivers were great, and everyone involved was thrilled to be part of this endeavor to move our adoptable dogs and cats to our northern state partners. On behalf of the staff, volunteers, and animals, we thank you.” said Dianne Sauve of Animal Care and Control.

Palm Tran utilized four buses, included a 60-foot articulated bus, for transporting the pets. The effort involved multiple trips and took two days.

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

Deadline approaching for transit's newest relationship-building event, TBX

TBX is designed to connect an influential group of public transportation bus operators with a select group of product and service suppliers for an exchange of information, ideas, and solutions.

Palm Tran wins 3 prestigious Fla. public transportation awards

The agency received the awards at the FPTA's annual conference, which honors innovative transit leaders throughout the state and was co-hosted this year by Palm Tran and Tri-Rail.

New Flyer's United Way campaign sets record

NFI Group supports multiple United Way agencies that are located in or nearby communities where the company operates its 32 locations across Canada and the U.S.

Honolulu's HART hires consultant to explore P3 for light rail project

Ernst & Young will conduct a feasibility study, which will include orchestrating an industry day in Honolulu for interested potential participants in a future P3 procurement.

RTC of Southern Nevada celebrates 25 years

To mark the occasion, RTC staff spent the day traveling to various locations throughout the transit system in branded community outreach vehicles to thank customers for riding.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment

TruckingInfo.com

THE COMMERCIAL TRUCK INDUSTRY’S MOST IN-DEPTH INFORMATION SOURCE

Work Truck Magazine

The number 1 resource for vocational truck fleets

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

LCT Magazine

Global Resource For Limousine and Bus Transportation

Please sign in or register to .    Close