HES Sets Up Temporary Shelter For Displaced Shelter Pets

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

With the help of the National Guard, the Humane Educational Society has set up a large temporary shelter to house animals from Texas and Louisiana who were displaced when their shelters were flooded by Hurricane Harvey. HES is responsible for housing, feeding, vaccinating, heart worm testing, spay and neutering all of the displaced shelter pets as well as providing any extra medical care they may need. The shelter has seen an outpouring of support from the community as far as food, toy and blanket donations are concerned. However, the shelter is in severe need of monetary funding to help these animals get the second chance they deserve, said officials.

With the likelihood of more shelter pets arriving from Florida after Hurricane Irma, HES needs funds to prepare for the care of these animals. The Humane Educational Society needs donations to provide medical care to animals currently at the shelter as well as many more expected to arrive. The shelter expects to be a hub for approximately three months to transport animals around the country as well as adopt them into homes in the Chattanooga area. 

This is peak time for shelters around the country; most, including HES, are at max capacity, said HES Director Bob Citrullo.  "While our first priority is the animals and citizens of Hamilton County, HES has a reputation for helping out in times of crisis. During this tragic time we  feel that it is our responsibility as animal welfare advocates to help our neighbors in Texas, Louisiana, and Florida both two-legged and four-legged. Please consider making a generous contribution to our Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund so we can help these animals put their pasts behind them and find peace in loving forever homes."



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