When he learned of the plight of the dogs and cats impacted by Hurricane Dorian in the storm-ravaged Bahamas, billionaire philanthropist Tom Golisano, chairman of the Golisano Foundation and Paychex, immediately took action.
He generously offered his yacht, the Laurel, to transport 30 tons of supplies, including water, food and sanitation kits, from Nassau to Freeport, according to a news release .
The crew was able to rescue 50 dogs, which were left homeless when their shelter was destroyed. To date, the death toll in this terrible storm is 300 people and countless animals.
His vessel was used September 6th, 7th, and 8th in a trip organized by YachtAid Global, who provides humanitarian aid, conservation, and disaster response leadership. Their work encompasses global programs, logistics management, and consultation for super yachts that want to contribute to the world around them.
In a statement, Golisano said, "I was very pleased to be able to assist in this global humanitarian effort to help the people and some of the dogs impacted by Hurricane Dorian.”
"Laurel and our incredible crew led by Capt. Roy Hodges, all did an amazing job bringing essential supplies to the Bahamas and rescuing about 50 dogs, who were left homeless when the shelter in which they lived was destroyed.”
"I am very proud of all their hard work. We will all keep the people of the Bahamas in our prayers.”
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