This past week, HRA staff in Texas provided relief and continued the critical work of our first deployment team at an emergency shelter in Dallas. In partnership with the ASPCA’s Field Investigations and Response team and the SPCA of Texas, the team managed animal care and sheltering and helped to wrap up a truly impressive endeavor, reuniting and sending more than 300 animals home with their owners.
While our team in Texas wrapped up their work, our deployment team to Atlanta was just getting started. The Humane Rescue Alliance sent a team to help the Atlanta Humane Society care for the hundreds of animals at their temporary emergency shelter due to Hurricane Irma.
The emergency shelter is currently housing animals from across Florida who were in shelters prior to the hurricane, but were transported to Atlanta to make space for the influx of animals who have been displaced by the storm, hopefully to be reunited with their owners. The animals the HRA team is caring for were already homeless before Hurricane Irma and according to the team, some of them are sick or injured and all of them are scared.
“Overall the population isn't too different than what we see at HRA,” said Hollis Lampe, HRA foster care coordinator. “We're caring for animals ranging from a 15-year-old dog with hip dysplasia and mammary masses to a young mother cat nursing a litter of 2-week-old kittens.”
Some of the animals the team is caring for are ready for adoption, like Cogsworth, an HRA team favorite, who was found as a stray before being transported to Atlanta from a shelter directly in the path of Hurricane Irma.
“Everyone is exhausted, but spirits are high,” said Lampe. “It's easy to forget about all the work that needs to be done once the animals are in a safe location, but the workload in caring for these animals is immense. And although it's not the most glamorous work, we're so grateful to be here and to be able to help.”
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