JACKSONVILLE, Fla.—"It was almost like a sign, like he was my dog," tells Sean Cavins as he tosses a tennis ball to his new dog, Bo.
A lot had to fall into place to bring Bo and Sean together.
"I saw it on Twitter and I asked my roommates if they were cool with it and they were, we all like dogs here," he explains.
Last week as Hurricane Hermine approached, Bo was at the Jacksonville Humane Society, which has an outdoor kennel for the larger dogs. The new shelter should be complete next year, but in the meantime, the outdoor kennels are the best the humane society can provide.
Staff was worried about the animals weathering the storm.
"You can imagine when it gets really windy in there," explains humane society staffer Amy Pierce.
After a call to the public to help foster the animals during Hurricane Hermine, within 24 hours, all 35 of the dogs were inside safe homes.
"To know we didn't have anybody out in those kennels it gave us such peace of mind," tells Pierce.
Then some of those families fell in love with the furry faces.
"We just had this weird bond, so I just felt like I had to take him in," says Sean.
Of the 35 so-called "stormtroopers," Bo is one of seven dogs adopted, 10 more are still with their foster families. It is a shining, silver lining to a cloudy situation.
"To see people come out like that especially ahead of a storm when you have to get prepared yourself, it just did such great things for your heart. It made your heart grow, it was wonderful," tells Pierce.
Because no one should have to weather the storm alone.