Second Chance Woman Makes World a Better Place for Pets

This CrowdRelief Disaster Helpers Story was created for helper Marleen Hugo. 02/25/2019 2:08 PM

Volunteer: Marleen Hugo

Zello Handle: Pugtacular

From: Charlotte, North Carolina

Disasters I've worked: Katrina, Moore, OK, Joplin, MO, Matthew, Harvey, Florence and California Wildfires


After suffering a near-fatal brain hemorrhage in 2001, I realized that I had been given a second chance to live. I wanted to make this second chance purposeful, and to try and do as much as possible to make this world a better place for the animals we share our daily lives with. I have been working with animal rescues following disasters since Hurricane Katrina.

After Hurricane Florence, I decided to volunteer with Cajun Navy Foundation because they seemed like a good group of people with the right mindset. I was able to continue my animal work even when I was without power at my home in North Carolina in the days following Hurricanes Florence and Michael. I also assist with social media.

As a volunteer, my main goal is to reunite pets with their owners after disasters. However, I also like to get involved before the hurricane hits to get the animals moved from shelters that are in the crisis zones to safety. Then right after the hurricane, many shelters suffer damage so the animals need to be relocated out of the shelters once again. I work with a whole network of people, and I have many contacts in both North and South Carolina.

Once of my favorite memories is of reuniting a man in Joplin with his cat after he had lost his wife, son and dog during the terrible tornado there. It took me eight months to find his cat. I finally located him in Texas, and the man began to cry when they were reunited. I received a Christmas card from him for the first few Christmases after that.


I choose to volunteer because I love what I do!

Marleen Hugo

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This person's information has been vetted and approved by the Cajun Navy Foundation.