Humane Society of Pinellas County sustains $15,000 in damage during Hurricane Irma

(Source: Humane Society of Pinellas County)

PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – Many are recovering from storm damage and the Humane Society of Pinellas County is no exception.

Shingles aren’t the only thing missing from the shelter.

The animals are missing too.

“Prior to the storm, we had over 200 animals that we evacuated. We got them into emergency evacuation homes,” said Twila Cole.

It’s a good thing they did.

“Rain was actually gushing, you can see where these are still bowed down, so the rain was gushing down over these kennels on both sides. Had we not evacuated, animals would of absolutely been in these cages,” said Cole.

Animals are safe, but their home is not. There’s damage to the tune of fifteen thousand dollars.

“We have over $2 million a year we have to raise. Then we have this loss. That certainly wasn’t in the budget,” said Cole.

Through the loss, shelter workers are doing everything they can to get the animals back to the shelter.

“They have worked long hours. Many of them without power and food themselves,” said Cole.

The days are long, but community support is helping.

“All we can do is be grateful for everyone being safe. Life happens. We live here in Florida and we know we just need to rally together and pick up the pieces and move on and that is what we will absolutely do,” said Cole.

The shelter could use pet food donations as well as financial contributions. If you’d like to help, you can donate online. 

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