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Animal shelters filling up as people evacuate for Hurricane Irma

Alachua County Humane Society has taken in 32 dogs and at least 15 cats from Levy County Animal Services. Photo courtesy of Alachua County Humane Society. 

Alachua County Humane Society has taken in 32 dogs and at least 15 cats from Levy County Animal Services.

The humane society says the animals were at risk of being euthanized ahead of the storm. They'll temporary house the pets and provide any necessary medical care while working with the Humane Society of the United States to transport the animals out of Florida.

Alachua County Animal Services is also trying to make sure pets without owners will be safe during the storm.

“I imagine we could easily end up with 3-400 animals," said Ed Williams, animal services director.

Unfortunately, their facility is on a designated wetland. "So should the rainfall get to the level we have to evacuate this facility, we will be going to the old fairgrounds building," Williams said.

The shelter can only handle a certain number of animals, which means they'll also be relying on Alachua County Animal Society.

"They are taking some of our animals so we have room for animals when the evacuees come in," Williams said.

As of Friday, Alachua County Humane Society had already placed more than 200 animals into foster homes to help make room. Animal lovers flooded their building this week to foster and even adopt a new friend.

“I just thought about hurricane Harvey and all the devastation and all the animals that’s the biggest thing that upset meso I think it’s important to take them in because if we don’t, who will?” said Norma Aceves.

The Alachua County Humane Society offices are closed to the public this weekend but there other things you can do to help the animals. The organization needs plenty of dog and cat food, cat litter, litter pans, bleach and paper towels.

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