McKamey Animal Center is preparing for Tropical Storm Barry and has been asked to assist in evacuating shelters in cities preparing along the Gulf. By emptying out shelters in advance, communities hit by the storm can provide shelter for displaced animals.
“This will be the fourth year McKamey has provided out of state victim assistance, which requires more staff, volunteers and space,” said Executive Director Jamie McAloon.
Individuals and families are needed to foster or adopt current shelter animals, making room for animals who may come from shelters in danger areas.
“Foster parents are integral to disasters as they provide the additional care and housing that a shelter which is already full needs to help victims. By emptying out shelters in advance, communities hit by the storm can provide shelter for displaced animals," said Ms. McAloon.
"Last year, staff and volunteers made four trips to various shelters in Georgia and South Carolina ahead of the storms to bring those animals to Chattanooga, making room at shelters in the impacted cities for displaced animals once their storm hit. Taking in almost 100 additional animals last year while the shelter was already at capacity, staff and volunteers worked diligently to establish temporary pop-up crates," officials said.
The focus is on fostering McKamey animals for 10-14 days in order to treat and ready the Barry animals once they arrive. The exact arrival dates and number of animals is still pending. "This may not be a short- term event. This is just the start of the hurricane season," officials said.
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. Dry dog and cat food will be needed and can be dropped off at McKamey during normal business hours Tuesday-Sunday. If you are interested in adopting or fostering, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 423-305-7140.