Jacksonville, FL - When Irma brought flooding to the First Coast, Northeast Florida’s animal rescue network stepped up to rescue cats and dogs from two flooded Clay County shelters. That network is still in motion now, as animals continue to be moved through the region and country, to accommodate other rescues still taking place.
Black Creek reached record flood levels because of Irma. Flooding through the County led both the Clay County Animal Care & Control shelter in Green Cove Springs and Safe Animal shelter in Middleburg to evacuate.
Clay County Animal Care & Control first moved 101 animals to a temporary facility, with the help of several agencies. From there, rescue partners moved in to take in the animals.
A total of 101 animals were rescued from a flooded CCACC today by a collaborative effort Animal Care and Control staff,...Posted by Clay County Animal Care & Control on Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Safe Animal Shelter in Middleburg also evacuated because of flooding, and while the animals got out safely, they suffered significant damage to their building and lost everything inside.
Among the organizations that stepped in to help is the Jacksonville Humane Society, taking 26 dogs and 33 cats that day from Animal Care and 7 dogs from Safe on Thursday. In the days ahead of Irma, they transfered all of their animals out, largely to the Humane Society in Lynchburg, VA, and Cat Depot in Sarasota, allowing them space in their just-opened new shelter facility to help in an emergency situation. JHS tells WOKV that being able to open the new shelter in time was “literally a lifesaver”, becuase it allowed them space to help out neighboring communities.
145 animals JHS has taken in so far have now been sent to the Charleston, SC Animal Society. This is freeing up space, as they plan for even more rescue transfers from areas hit hard by Irma.
Bright and early this morning, the Charleston Animal Society pulled up to our doors! They loaded up 40 dogs and 105 cats...Posted by The Jacksonville Humane Society on Saturday, September 16, 2017
Pit Sisters also stepped in, taking 16 dogs and 14 cats from Clay Animal Care- many of which have also now been transferred out to other organizations and states.
The first two pictures are of damage from Irma from earlier this week. 101 animals had to be evacuated from Clay County...Posted by Pit Sisters on Friday, September 15, 2017
Still other organizations are providing support- whether it’s housing animals or collecting supplies and giving support to the sheltering and relocation operations.
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The Clay County Animal Care & Control facility at 3984 State Road 16 West in Green Cove Springs remains closed until further notice. They are begining cleanup efforts Monday, September 18th, and if you would like to volunteer, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would like to support Clay County Animal Care & Control, you can drop donations of animal related products at their Fleming Island offsite location at 1809 Town Center Blvd. Check their Facebook page for hours and days that the offsite location will be open to accept these donations. Friends of Clay County Animals is also asking for financial donations. You can get more information from email@example.com.
Clay County Animal Care and Control cannot thank our community enough for your support through this time. Thank you all...Posted by Clay County Animal Care & Control on Saturday, September 16, 2017
Animal Control officers are still responding to calls for service- including anyone needing assistance after finding a stray or injured animal- at 904-269-6342 and firstname.lastname@example.org. After hours animal emergencies should call 904-284-7703. If you have wildlife that needs assistance, you’re asked to call the Clay Humane Society at 904-276-7729.
Safe Animal Shelter is asking for financial donations at this time, saying they already received an outpouring of support from the community in terms of supply donations, and they lack the space to take in more. Additionally, they need funding to address the damage from the flooding, including their air conditioning, kennels, floors, and other aspects.
Here's how you can help now! Please share! And be patient as we have limited access to this site. Thank you a million times over!Posted by Safe Animal Shelter on Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Safe Animal Shelter’s initial cleanup has already taken place with the help of volunteers.
First Coast No More Homeless Pets has been coordinating response efforts across the state, and is asking for support for their disaster response efforts, while they also suffered some damage at their own clinic location.