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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – With a million people under evacuation orders before Florence hit, dozens of dogs and cats were either left at shelters or let behind.

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Dozens of those pets got sent to the Lucky Dog Animal Rescue in the Washington D.C. area and many already have new homes.

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On Sunday alone, 12 dogs that were rescued from Florence were adopted at an event held at a PetSmart in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

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Organizers say many evacuees just don’t know what to do with their pets when they flee.