This guy’s name is definitely a synonym for animal lover. His name is Tony Alsup and fond for animals made him to spend his savings and risk his own life to go into areas affected by natural disasters, just to rescue animals what were left behind by their owners.
So far, the 51 years old Greenback, Tennesee managed to rescue dozens of animals from hurricane zones in Florida, Texas or Puerto Rico. The good Samaritan saved over 60 animals from Hurricane Florence, and as well as 53 dogs and 11 cats on Sept. 16, The Washington Post reports.
“I’m like, look, these are lives too,” Alsup told The Greenville News.
All those poor creatures he managed to rescue, were there dropped off in Foley, Alabama. From here, the animals will be put in shelters all over the country in order to be adopted.
It all started with a misunderstanding during Houston’s Hurricane Harvey when he saw a Facebook post online asking if anyone could help evaluate shelter pets out of the storm’s path, according to Shareably Media. Back then, Alsup took his bus and went to save as many animals as he could. The rest is history.
However, because transporting animals in the back of his semi truck wasn’t safe, Tony knew he needs something safer. So he spent $3,200 of his savings on an old school bus and drove to Texas to fill it with pets.
“You’ve got to be very careful what you say on social media man,” Alsup said, “but I’m a man of my word. If I give you my word, it’s gonna get done. So I said, you know what, why don’t I just go buy a bus?”
“Animals — especially shelter pets — they always have to take the back seat of the bus. But I’ll give them their own bus. If I have to I’ll pay for all the fuel, or even a boat, to get these dogs out of there,” Tony said.
Tiny’s kind gesture and his good cause attracted him the empathy and appreciation from local communities and animal rights groups as well.
“It’s all true. Tony swooped in at 4 a.m.Wednesday morning to pick up our ‘leftovers’ — the dogs with blocky heads, the ones with heartworm,” the Saint Frances Animal Center wrote on Facebook. “The ones no one else will ever take. ”