Tropical Storm Emily evacuates Manatee County animal shelter

MANATEE COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – Tropical Storm Emily forced dozens of cats and dogs out of Nate’s Honor Animal Rescue in Manatee County. Water started creeping up to the outdoor kennels and the outdoor courtyards are completely under water. 

At around 9 a.m. Monday, shelter workers realized there was going to be a flooding problem.

”’We have to get the animals out of here.’ That was our first thought,” said Karen Slombe, associate director of shelter.

The shelter is currently revising its emergency plan, so no real plan was in place on Monday.

“The timing for this was really bad. We used to have an agreement with a shelter in Georgia where they would take some of our animals, but that agreement has changed,” said Slombe.

In a state of panic, shelter staff posted to Facebook asking people to foster their animals. Lucky for them, people poured into help.

“I saw on Facebook they needed fosters and we lost our dog a year and a half ago and they needed people that didn’t have dogs,” said Kelly Deglamon.

Kelly and Jakob Deglamon get to take care of Tally, a German shepherd mix, this week.

“I love animals. He loves animals. He can’t wait to get her home and play with her,” said Kelly Deglamon.

They weren’t the only ones. Forty dogs were fostered out as well as 30 cats.

Daniella Giovanni will foster a cat named Baby Boy this week.

“If we fall in love with him, we will get to keep him at home forever,” said Giovanni.

Finding forever homes for animals who don’t belong in a shelter is the staff’s goal. 

“We operate to help the community and then when we need help, the community rises up and comes to help us,” said Slombe.

Tuesday, the shelter will get fifteen dogs back from the humane society who were getting spayed and neutered. Those dogs will need to be fostered. If you’re interested in helping you can call the shelter at (941) 747-4900 or stop by 4951 Lorraine Rd. Bradenton, Florida, FL 34211.

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