A man from Greenback, Tennessee became very popular by his kindness when he refused to see any of the animals left behind during natural disasters.
Alsup loves animals and his dream was to open his animal shelter one day. During the Hurricane Harvey at the Texas coast last year he rescued shelter pets from floodwaters, immediately after he had seen on the news how numerous animal shelters became overcrowded with lost or rescued animals.
He wanted to help in transporting the animals to vacant shelters –but he didn’t have a proper vehicle to do it, because his semitrailer was too small to do it. So he decided to do it on an original way to transport the “leftover” pets that animal shelters couldn’t place before they evacuated for a hurricane with his school bus.
The Washington Post published a story, explaining his traveling from his home in Tennessee to South Carolina to save more than 60 animals during the Hurricane.
Alsup told The Washington Post: “Animals – especially shelter pets – they always have to take the back seat of the bus. But I’ll give them a bus. If I have to I’ll pay for all the fuel, or even a boat, to get these dogs out of there.” “I thought, well what I can do?” he said. “I’ll just go buy a bus.”
Using the school bus he could transport the animals to shelters that had space or were vacant. To make more room on the bus, he ripped out the seats. Additionally, he put on the bus’s side label with words: “EMERGENCY ANIMAL RESCUE SHELTER.”
So the result of the Alsup’s “operation” was 53 dogs and 11 cats rescued from South Carolina shelters.