Posts Tagged: Hurricane Irma

‘Picking Up the Pieces from Hurricane Irma’

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Cookie is at the Humane Society of Greater Miami.

We’re sending three new grants to Florida shelters to help them recover from Hurricane Irma:

Humane Society of Greater Miami: $10,000

“Our shelter is still picking up the pieces left behind by Hurricane Irma,” Senior Director of Development Ronald Stayton says. “We estimate that we suffered more than $400,000 in losses and costs associated with downtime. When we first lost power, the chiller could not handle the load and we lost air conditioning in all but one area of the shelter, and our A/C compressors blew. We had to move all animals from affected parts of the shelter and from our separate intake/quarantine building into the main shelter where the A/C was working. As a result of moving sick animals to the main building, we are currently experiencing a spread of the illnesses that were in that building, primarily upper-respiratory infection. We anticipated this and had ordered medications as a precautionary measure.”

The adoption center, which is home to 180 cats and 139 dogs, also had several leaks in its roof from the severe beating it got from the storm, and the community spay/neuter clinic also experienced roof damage and has several leaks.


Damaged air-conditioning ductword at SAFE Animal Shelter

SAFE Animal Shelter: $10,000

Sherry Mansfield, executive director of the Middleburg, FL, shelter, says: “We were badly flooded during Hurricane Irma and have to replace the infrastructure, including all equipment, appliances, drywall, furniture, air conditioning and ductwork, etc. We still have more than 40 cats and kittens and six dogs. We have received many donations from the community but right now we need funding to help get the shelter operational. We have much to do inside the building.”


Calla is at Humane Society of Manatee County.

Humane Society of Manatee County: $2,000

“Hurricane Irma destroyed two structures we highly depend on,” says Valerie Bliss, director of development at the Bradenton shelter. “One of the structures is a storage shed for all of our lawn-maintenance equipment. Sadly, first the shed was robbed the day after the hurricane, and then a very large tree branch came down and crushed it. Irma also destroyed a shed where we kept clean towels, beds and sheets for our shelter animals. Cleanliness and comfort are top priorities for the care of our shelter residents. Our shelter is at capacity, so storage is virtually nonexistent. Temporarily, volunteers are taking loads of laundry home to clean for us. The downside to this is the fact that we are dependent on them to return the clean laundry as soon as possible, coupled with the fact that our industrial machines are set up for the highest sanitary standards as set by hospitals.” Grant funds will go toward replacing the sheds.

Please donate now to help us continue to assist adoption groups working around the clock to keep displaced pets safe!


Helping Florida Shelters Rebuild After Irma

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Horses at F.R.I.E.N.D.S. immediately after Hurricane Irma

F.R.I.E.N.D.S. Horse Rescue & Sanctuary: $2,000

“While we did not get a direct hit by Hurricane Irma, we did suffer severe damages and losses by the rain and heavy winds that came with her,” says Debra Beye Barwick, director of the Fort Lauderdale rescue. “We are asking for your help in funding for a new water pump and a new 40′ dry cargo container, as ours were damaged. We also lost four 18′ x 21′ shelters that were in our turn-out areas and in the pasture. Our long term needs: to get the fallen trees off our fences, to replace the fences with corral panels, and to bring 25 loads of clean white fill to help with the footing for the horses and their caretakers.”


Two Cat Depot residents wait out the storm.

Cat Depot: $1,000

“Before, during, and after Hurricane Irma, our staff has worked literally day and night with hurricane preparedness, evacuating cats from other organizations to us, caring for all the cats during the storm, and cleaning up the facility after the storm,” says Maria Sadowski, communications specialist at the Sarasota shelter. “Naturally, we need to compensate everyone fairly for their efforts, and are now trying to get this money refunded so it doesn’t have to be taken out of the regular budget for the cats.” The shelter’s total cost for 85.71 overtime hours is $1895.45.


A cat rescued by Humane Society of Highlands County after being outside during Irma.

Humane Society of Highlands County: $2,000

“We had many kennels crushed by trees on our property,” says Cindy Dutton, volunteer coordinator at the Sebring shelter. “Thankfully, no dogs were killed or injured.” Grant funds will help offset the cost of new kennels, fencing repair and replacement, and tree removal and trimming.

Please donate now to help us continue to assist adoption groups working around the clock to keep displaced pets safe!


More Irma Recovery Grants

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A family of volunteers takes a dog home to foster as Humane Society of Pinellas evacuates all its pets in advance of Hurricane Irma

The Petfinder Foundation has approved four new grants to help Florida shelters impacted by Hurricane Irma. They are:

Humane Society of Pinellas: $3,000

“Hurricane Irma negatively affected our facility in several ways,” says Grant Writer Grace Alfiero. “Because our region lost power for over six days, our refrigerators that stored all the pet medications, including vaccines, were not operable and now we need to replace all the medications and foster supplies. Our facility also suffered some structural damage and we will need to hire a professional contractor to make repairs in our cat isolation room, and with our aluminum overhangs and gutters.

“Specifically, here are our biggest needs, all are immediate needs:
1. Replace the roof damage in our Cat Isolation area so that we can continue to provide quality rehabilitative medical care and save lives.
2. Replace and purchase critical medical supplies, vaccines and prescription food lost during the power outage
3. Fund important landscaping work and trim trees to prevent future damage.
4. Repair aluminum overhangs, gutters and siding blown away during Irma’s high winds.
5. Replace items used to supply our 200+ emergency foster homes caring for the animals during and after the storm (crates, food, kitty litter, blankets and more).

“We project that all repairs will be made as soon as possible and hopefully before November 1, 2017, so that business operations can go back to normal.”


Damage at Humane Society of Pinellas



A cat who survived Hurricane Irma at Halifax Humane Society

Halifax Humane Society, Inc.: $3,000

Lisa Pearce, Grants Administrator, says: “Our goal is to save as many animals as possible in the Hurricane Irma aftermath. Our objective is to create a ‘rescue corridor’ up the East Coast and fast track animals as quickly as possible through multiple placement partners. Prior to Hurricane Irma reaching landfall, we rescued 111 dogs and cats from at-risk shelters and evacuated 159 animals out of harm’s way. Crates are in high demand.”


Halifax Humane Society resident Prince, who was in a foster home during Irma, has been adopted!

Shih Tzu Rescue: $1,000

“Following Irma, our beautiful campus, which is home to about 70 companion dogs of all breeds and sizes, was terribly damaged,” says Stephanie Hochberger, who is on the board of the Davie, FL, organization. “Almost every tree on our 3.5-acre campus was uprooted and smashed much of our fencing. Parts of our roof are leaking badly from the water and wind. We are so grateful none of our dogs were injured as a result of the storm — they were never left alone for a second during Irma.”

Although the group prepared as best it could before the storm by putting up shutters and cutting back the trees, the trees were completely knocked over, and large equipment will be required to help clear the root systems of these decades-old trees. The fences, which provide safety from the main road and allow the dogs to be let outside in cycles, need to be replaced. And the shelter’s roof needs to be replaced or repaired before any more rain arrives.


Downed trees destroyed fencing at Shih Tzu Rescue in Davie, FL.



Zeus Jr. is one of the pets at Ayala’s Acres

Ayla’s Acres No-Kill Animal Rescue: $1,000

“Our animals in St. Johns County are in foster homes,” says Joan Guglielmo, director of operations at the St. Augustine, FL, sanctuary. “Because of Hurricane Irma, we are getting daily calls from pet owners who have been made homeless by the storm. Many of the people are unable to take their pets with them to temporary lodging. Ayla’s Acres would like to be able to provide boarding assistance for their pets in order to keep their dogs and cats from being permanently surrendered. The majority of people and their pets need short-term assistance.”

Guglielmo says the average cost to stay at a boarding facility is $30 per animal per day with a rescue-group discount, so our $1,000 grant will allow Ayla’s Acres to provide more than a month of boarding days. Guglielmo anticipates the average stay will be seven days. “We constantly work toward adding more foster families,” she says, “but the need for assistance for temporary boarding is paramount.”

Please donate now to help us continue to assist adoption groups working around the clock to keep displaced pets safe!


A Florida Shelter Ravaged by Irma

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The flooding and damage at K9 Resque that resulted from Irma

K9 Resque: $3,000

We’ve sent a disaster grant to K9 Resque in Okeechobee, Florida, to help repair damages from Hurricane Irma. “Our outdoor kennel area was heavily damaged,” says Director Sharon O’Brien. “We have partial roof damage; one outdoor kennel is mangled and the rest are under water; our supply shed is under water; all of our crates are currently under water, as are all of our event supplies such as tables, chairs, canopies, and signs; and we lost our horse-food supply, as well as horse equipment and our barn fans.” Grant funds will be used to repair and replaced damaged items and structures at the shelter, which is currently home to 10 dogs, three cats and three horses.


Kerry is one of the adoptable dogs at K9 Resque.

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Cleaning Up After Hurricane Irma

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Samson is one of the dogs who weathered Irma at SCAR.

Second Chance Animal Rescue: $3,000

In the wake of Hurricane Irma, the Petfinder Foundation has granted funds to Second Chance Animal Rescue in Villalba, Puerto Rico, which was left without power or water and with damage to its roof, fence and vehicles as a result of category-5 hurricane winds. The shelter, which is home to 140 dogs and 13 cats, will use the grant funds to fix the roof of the building that houses the animals, the property’s fence and the damage to the frame of the vehicle that it uses to transport animals to veterinary appointments and to the airport to travel to their forever homes.


A SCAR volunteer and dog prepare for Irma.

Please donate now to help us continue to assist adoption groups working around the clock to keep displaced pets safe!