The flooding arrived Monday morning on the again door of Clay County Animal Care and Management — and inside forty five minutes, all the shelter was knee-deep in water.
As Hurricane Irma moved throughout Northeast Florida, complete neighborhoods disappeared underneath the storm’s flood waters. Rain and wind poured onto already saturated land — and rivers and lakes and creeks overflowed, unable to include the sheer quantity of water.
It was all palms on deck, stated Christina Sutherin, the Clay County facility’s director.
“All of it occurred so shortly,” she added. “I’ve probably the most superb employees ever. They left their households. They left their houses, dropped the whole lot to return out. All they cared about was ensuring our animals have been protected.”
Clay County Animal Care and Management employees received the kittens and the cats out, the canine and the puppies.
Water in some areas reached chest-excessive, and canine needed to swim out from the again kennel. Two employees members even borrowed a kayak to save lots of a lone, brown horse that was swimming down the road close to Falcon Run.
All in all, they rescued all a hundred and one animals on website and took them to the Clay County Fairgrounds. From there, rescue organizations took over. Jacksonville Humane Society stepped up. Pit Sisters provided assist. Each passersby stopped to say: “I’ve a truck and a few boots. What do you want?”
Sutherin says she isn’t positive when the shelter will re-open, because the injury continues to be being assessed. The power isn’t accepting proprietor surrenders in the mean time, however they’re nonetheless answering service calls. Clay County Animal Care and Management continues to be out there if somebody finds a stray or injured animal.
In Irma’s wake, Clay County isn’t the one shelter within the area unsure concerning the future.
Protected Animal Shelter skilled heavy flooding, as nicely.
“Proper now, we’re simply in shock,” stated Sherry Mansfield, the shelter’s government director. “We have been fortunate to have the ability to get everyone out.”
Because the storm waters flooded the Middleburg shelter, employees rescued about 70 cats and kittens, and 35 canine. All animals have now positioned in foster houses.
Nevertheless, Mansfield stated she isn’t positive when the shelter will have the ability to re-open. Every part was ruined, and now sits waterlogged. Timber fell. The shelter’s fridges turned the wrong way up. Two Dumpsters floated from their unique location to a different spot on the property. Water coated even the air con models.