While reporting on Hurricane Michael, Rob Marciano unexpectedly found himself on a very special rescue mission.
ABC News Senior Meteorologist Rob Marciano is a pro at covering severe weather. He’s braved many a hurricane before our eyes, live on television. And he also knows that as soon as the storm clears, the mission for the first responders becomes rescue and recovery of those trapped in their homes in the aftermath of these brutal acts of nature.
Members of the news media are often the first ones on the scene of the worst destruction because they’ve stayed in these areas to ride out the storm and bring the public the most accurate information. So as he has done many times before in the daylight hours after a storm, Marciano and his crew set out on foot Thursday morning to find people venturing out of their homes to assess the damage that Hurricane Michael left behind. That’s when he met a few homeowners in Panama City, Florida who got quite the surprise when the storm caused part of their ceiling to collapse. Unbeknownst to the family, four kittens had been hiding out in their attic, and as the ceiling came tumbling down, so too, did the four kittens. With no sign of the mother, the bewildered homeowners scooped up the surely terrified kittens and carried them out as they escaped their crumbling home.
This tough veteran reporter was no match for those four tiny cuddle monsters. Marciano, a dad to daughter Madelyn and son Mason, as well as two rescued fur babies, Lulu and Sonny, took it upon himself to get these four felines out of harm’s way.
As Marciano and crew packed up to head to their next location, the crew truck had four new tiny passengers. Marciano immediately took to social media to ask for guidance in how to best help these fur babies.
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After big storms like this, it’s not just people who need help. Our four-legged friends often find themselves in perilous situations after the storm. And unlike the fearless wild horses off the Carolina coastline, many animals cannot fend for themselves. Animal rescue groups are at the ready to pick up stranded pets as soon as it’s safe to move in. It came to no surprise that one such rescue group answered Marciano’s call.
The national animal welfare organization Best Friends replied to his tweet with a list of rescue organizations in the area as well as a guide to caring for abandoned kittens. Marciano and his ABC News crew swiftly got the hungry kitties some milk and butter. Late this afternoon Marciano updated his Twitter feed with the good news that the kittens were now in the very capable hands of a shelter in Fort Walton and they are up for adoption!
This is just one tale of animal rescue from this horrific storm. Many more animals will be in need of assistance and new homes. You can help by donating to Best Friends, the American Humane Societyor the ASPCA