Best Of 2017

BEST NOAH'S ARK (EXCEPT THEY TOOK WAY MORE THAN TWO OF EACH): Suncoast Animal League

BEST NOAH'S ARK (EXCEPT THEY TOOK WAY MORE THAN TWO OF EACH)

36 dogs. 24 cats — and five flying squirrels, one wounded osprey, one opossum (named Irma), two great blue herons, one red-shoulder hawk, one herring gull , two mourning doves, four rabbits, three baby racooons, a kitten with broken legs and one cormorant. Oh, and unicorns. OK, so you got us there — Suncoast Animal League didn’t actually rescue any unicorns in the wake of Hurricane Irma, but if they’d been around for the Great Flood, odds are we’d still have unicorns. The group — which operates out of the tiniest building you’ve ever seen — not only made sure their own non-fostered adoptable animals were out of harm’s way, they went to no less than three other counties to rescue shelter animals whose own shelters had severe flooding. Twice. Before some of the volunteers even had power back in their own homes. Suncoast Animal League is like the skinny guy who eats four pizzas a day and never gains an ounce: I don’t know where they find people to foster and adopt all these animals, but they do, showing us all our infinite capacity for love. —Cathy Salustri