Dogs affected by Florence arrive at Humane Educational Society

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) — Shelters in our area are getting full with dogs impacted by Hurricane Florence.

Jeannie Snyder enjoys volunteering at the Humane Educational Society. On Friday, she spent time with Rosie, whose front legs are deformed.

“She’s got the sweetest personality and she gets around well with her little legs that need attention,” Snyder said.

Rosie is one of 55 dogs here from North Carolina. The roof blew off their shelter during Florence. They were evacuated to South Carolina, before coming to Chattanooga. Snyder was there to greet them.

“It is emotional at times, like last night when the dogs came in and they were really stressed out and nervous, but there were many volunteers and staff here that were waiting for them to come off the big truck,” Snyder said.

Not all the dogs will stay here. Other shelters, like one in Nashville, will take some of them.

“By working together we are able to move more animals to multiple locations, so not one shelter get inundated with so many,” said Bob Citrullo, the executive director of the Humane Educational Society.

This time of year can be difficult for shelters.

“We are almost completely full here and that is why we have a temporary shelter set up here and why we are able to take these large numbers. But yeah, we are still looking for people to adopt and or foster with our current animals here at the shelter,” Citrullo said.

Snyder is glad she is able to support dogs when they are in a time of need.

“It is really rewarding to help do that and get treatment, get socialization and become adoptable animals,” she said.

If you are interested in getting a pet, HES reduced adoption prices. It is now $25 for a dog and $15 for a cat.

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