• Atlanta Humane Society creates makeshift shelter for four-legged Irma refugees

    By: Linda Stouffer

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    NORTH FULTON COUNTY, Ga. - Some of the smallest storm refugees are 4-week-old puppies in Waycross, Georgia, and there’s no telling how long they’ll be there.

    “If we weren’t able to be here for these guys they’d be in shelter that flood, facing the wind and the hurricane and it’s be horrible because they wouldn’t have any safe place to go,” said Christina Hill, with the Atlanta Humane Society.

    She and others with the group are on 12-hour shifts and even staying overnight to look out for these animals from Georgia and Florida.

    Leaders have Federal Emergency Management Agency training and were able to put together a makeshift animal shelter almost overnight.


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    Donors stepped up quickly with crates and supplies but now the Atlanta Humane Society needs donations through its website to cover serious medical needs.

    Several animals need surgery or treatment for infections.

    “Some are sick some need a little foster care like these guys. We’re planning that out and potentially have some of them up for adoption at our facility and we’ll keep everybody up to date,” Hill explained.

    Once workers get back into shelters, even more dogs and cats might be on the way.

    Until they get the all-clear, this warehouse is home sweet “temporary” home.

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