The Atlanta Humane Society serves more than 30,000 animals and places more than 11,000 in forever homes each year.
Coverage from the Carolinas has included dramatic animal rescues in addition to the tales of residents’ struggles. Dogs left locked in a backyard pen were rescued just in time by a group of journalists:
The U.S. Coast Guard reached these beagles just in time, too:
And storm evacuee Robert Simmons Jr. and his kitten were captured in this iconic photo from The Raleigh News & Observer's Andrew Carter. The kitten's name, as Carter's story notes, is Survivor.