Crews from across the country prepare to rescue Horry County pets

Milton the pig is one of 50 pets the Humane Society of the United States rescued this week from flooded homes in Horry County. Crews were busy searching for more pets Saturday. (Taggart Houck/WPDE)

Flood levels are rising for some areas across Horry County. Crews from across the country are boating, checking your neighborhood, and helping you get to a safe spot.

But what about your pets?

The Humane Society of the United States is working with the Horry County Animal Care Center and Horry County Police to focus on those types of evacuations.

The team of responders from Maryland, San Diego and Texas have been fielding calls for pets from homes in the county all week. Owners call the care center, and teams respond from there.

This week, the group evacuated about 50 pets to the center. After flooding retreats, owners can pick them up.

They've seen just about every kind of pet. Anything from cats, dogs, goats, and even a potbellied pig named Milton.

"In some cases, we're meeting people that have lost everything," said Jessica Johnson, a member of the Animal Rescue team. "What we can do is save their animals, save their family member, save their pet and it's a really rewarding experience."

Johnson, along with other members of the group, have responded for hurricane relief to major hurricanes during the last couple of years, like Houston after Hurricane Harvey and Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria.

Now, they're helping South Carolinians start to pick up the pieces.

"To see all the boots on the ground and all the teamwork and everybody working together to meet the needs of the community is pretty impactful," said Kelsey Gilmore-Futeral, the program's South Carolina Director.

If you need a way out of home for your pet, call the Horry County Animal Care Center at 843-915-5172.

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