Homeward bound: Puppy gets help reconnecting with owner after Hurricane Matthew

This dog was separated from its owner because of Hurricane Matthew. Now, animal activists want to bring it home. (Shelli Adamczyk)

ORANGENBURG COUNTY, SC (WACH) - As South Carolina continues recovering from Hurricane Matthew, many people don’t realize the impact on the smallest members of people’s families.

Many pets and animals died or were lost or left behind, but some were able to weather the storm.

One of those was a small puppy found by Santee resident Matt Bradshaw less than a week after Hurricane Matthew hit the state.

Bradshaw saw the dog wandering near a rest stop off interstate 95 in Santee, South Carolina.

“I slowed down and called her and opened the car do like she knew me and hopped right in just as though she was my dog,” Bradshaw said.

After he found the five month old puppy, Bradshaw reached out to his neighbor, Beverly Stroman who works for a local animal non-profit called For the Love of a Paw.

Tuesday morning Bradshaw and Stroman took the puppy they are now calling “Chloe" to Orangeburg County Animal Control.

They were hoping they could find her owner but she wasn't microchipped.

“We've had a lot of people from the coast come and stay in Santee during the Hurricane Matthew evacuation so then we considered that a possibility,” Stroman said. “But even though this is one dog that has been found, there are hundreds and thousands of other dogs in other shelters throughout South Carolina."

Chole the puppy will be with the For the Love of a Paw non-profit as they make sure she has her shots but they are looking for a temporary foster home for her.

They will wait several weeks for the owner to contact them, after that she will be up for adoption.

You can contact the organization to get more information on claiming Chloe, or fostering or adopting her.

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