UPDATE: McKamey is full but expects more animals due to Hurricane Florence
Sep 11, 2018 11:27 AM -04:00
By WRCB Staff
CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -
UPDATE: The coast will not be the only area to impacted by Hurricane Florence.
The McKamey Animal Center needs people to foster and adopt animals ahead of the storm.
This is McKamey's first response during hurricane season.
They hope to provide space for any pets that could be displaced.
McKamey Animal Center is almost full, and now they have to make room for more than a dozen animals in the line of Hurricane Florence.
Staff members are headed to South Carolina now, and they need your help adopting the pets already in the shelter, as soon as possible.
The Humane Society of the United States is requesting help from other shelters including McKamey.
Shelters in North and South Carolina, as well as those in Coastal Virginia, are sending their animals out of harm's way.
“That way the shelter is empty, and that way if any flooding or disaster happens to their shelter, there's no animals at risk,” Katie Christie said.
Katie Christie has been organizing events like this for seven years.
She said it takes less than an hour to prepare for overflow space as new animals arrive.
“We are setting up a temporary pop up crates with plenty of soft bedding and toys for dogs to settle in,” said Christie.
McKamey's van will soon return from South Carolina loaded with dogs from shelters in the storm's path.
Christie said with evacuation situations, it's hard to predict exactly how much space will be needed.
“So we are definitely hoping for a minimum of one to one. So we are expecting to take in between 20 to 30 dogs today,” Christie explained. “So if we can get 20 to 30 out, that would be the ideal situation.”
McKamey now has about 75 animals ready to be adopted.
Christie said they are in urgent need of people to adopt or foster as many animals as they can.
She said the process starts with a conversation.
“We try to figure out what kind of animal is going to be the best fit for you, your lifestyle and the rest of your household to make sure that it's going to be a good, enjoyable experience for everybody,” Christie explained.
The McKamey shelter will be staying open until 8 pm Tuesday. So if you can adopt a pet to make room for these incoming animals, please do so.
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In a Facebook post Tuesday, the center says animals from affected areas will be arriving at McKamey soon.