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Animal shelters packed with TS Debby's smallest victims

5:24 PM, Jul 4, 2012   |    comments
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CLAY & DUVAL COUNTIES, Fla. -- Animal shelters across the First Coast are filled with pets found wandering after the storm.

Safe Animal Shelter in Middleburg is back open after a close call during Debby. Within a matter of hours, the shelter began to take on water.

"When I walked in and saw dogs standing in four inches of water and a cat room half flooded, we started to evacuate immediately," says director Barbara Sprague.

All of the animals survived and people are continuing to bring more in, pushing the shelter past its maximum capacity.

"We have taken and had calls for over 100 animals," tells Sprague.

Over at Duval County's Animal Care and Protective Services there is an even more desperate situation.  It is a shelter that uses euthanasia, so little lives are hanging in the balance.

"The sad fact is that when the shelter fills up decisions need to be made. So that is why we are putting out this plea, people need to foster, people need to come here and adopt," says Dianne Wiles with First Coast No More Homeless Pets.

Wiles says the influx of pets post Debby was overwhelming and now they urgently need foster families.

"Usually it is very short term, then they are going to a forever home and you truly saved a life so," says Wiles.

All animal shelters are in need of food, cleaning products, donations and helping hands.

Debby's smallest victims are looking for a place to call home once again.

There will be a mega adoption event in Duval County on July 13th, 14th and 15th.  It will be held at the Jacksonville Fairgrounds.  The goal is find 600 pets new homes.

If you would like to foster a pet in Duval County you can call 904-425-0005.   If you would like to help/donate to Safe Animal Shelter in Middleburg please call 904-276-7233.

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