McKamey Animal Center staff members are heading south to rescue animals. (Photo: Contributed)

Local animal rescue organizations are working to help animals affected by Hurricane Irma, which is heading toward Florida.

The Humane Educational Society and McKamey Animal Center are contributing in different ways, but both would benefit from adoptions to help with crowding, officials said.

In part, HES is waiving adoption fees in an effort to make room for displaced animals, and McKamey volunteers are traveling south to aid in animal evacuations.


The Humane Educational Society
HES officials have agreed to become a hub for displaced shelter animals for the next several months, and the National Guard has helped them set up a temporary shelter to house the extra animals.

While here, they will get medical care before going to other shelters around the country, according to a news release.

Currently, the organization is caring for 60 animals that were transported out of flooded shelters in Texas and Louisiana.

As Hurricane Irma moves toward Florida, the local organization will likely be housing more animals, which will likely require vaccinations, heartworm testing, spaying and neutering, as well as care for any additional medical needs they may have.

According to a news release:

This time of year is always difficult for the Humane Educational Society. The shelter is at peak capacity in the spring and summer months. However, as animal welfare advocates, we feel a responsibility to help get these animals out of harm’s way and into loving forever homes. As a result, the shelter desperately needs to make space for animals arriving from disaster zones.

To make room for more animals, HES is waiving adoption fees Sept. 8–10. The shelter will be open for adopters from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 8–9 and 12–4 p.m. Sept. 10.

Adoptions include all age-appropriate vaccines, spay or neuter surgeries, and microchips.

“It is our hope that the community will open their hearts and doors to these precious animals and give them a loving forever home so that we can continue to help shelter pets in Hamilton County and those who have been displaced by Hurricane Harvey,” HES officials said.

McKamey Animal Center
After working to rescue animals affected by Hurricane Harvey last week, McKamey Animal Center volunteers are going to Brunswick, Georgia, near St. Simons Island to help evacuate animals before Hurricane Irma hits.

McKamey has worked to get more than 50 animals out of Irma’s path.

“The efforts made for these animals have been both exhausting and heartbreaking, but that is why we do what we do here,” Executive Director Jamie McAloon said in a prepared statement. “Because of the community support we receive, we are able to ensure that we are ready to answer the call in situations like this when animals are in urgent need.”

The organization is currently in need of medium and large dog leashes, collars, big chew toys, foster care participants and adoptions.

For more information, call 423-305-6500 or click here.