Posted: Monday, August 27th 2012 at 6:37pm
Local humane society takes in animals from the Gulf
GAINESVILLE - The Humane Society of Northeast Georgia (HSNEGA) has taken in 17 animals from St. Joseph Bay Humane Society which is evacuating their facility due to the threat of flooding from storm swell due to Tropical Storm Issac.
“Saturday, St. Joseph Bay Humane Society board member Gary Gibbs contacted me to see if HSNEGA could take in some of the shelter’s animals for a week or two to ensure their safety,” said Rick Aiken, executive director of HSNEGA. “A former Hall County resident, Gary was a long-time supporter of HSNEGA, and was instrumental in helping to build our shelter 12 years ago, so we were glad to help out this shelter in their time of need.”
Located in Port St. Joe, Florida, St. Joseph Bay Humane Society is a non-profit shelter serving the needs of homeless animals in the local community. At the time of the evacuation, they had 63 animals in their care which needed to be relocated until the threat of flooding/damage passes.
“HSNEGA would like to appeal to the local community to assist us during the next few weeks while we give shelter to these animals,” Aiken said. “Specifically, we would appreciate any help with walking. We have an awesome volunteer team, but we currently have 30+ large dogs in the shelter, in addition to the 17 animals we took in, who will need daily exercise time.”
For more information, please contact Rick Aiken or Julie Edwards at HSNEGA at 770-532-6617.
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