For ten years the Humane Society of Brazoria County in Manvel, Texas rescued animals from local shelters who were on the euthanasia lists. In late November, the founder Shirley Tinnin became ill, donations dwindled, and the nonprofit was forced to close its doors reported the Chronicle.com. Now 70 dogs still remain in the shelter, and the outpouring of help from the community has been overwhelming.
More than 200 dogs in a facility designed for 50 were packed into kennels. Volunteers were doing the best they could to transfer animals to other shelters, foster homes, and into adoptive homes.
Triumphant Tails, a nonprofit in Kemah has been helping to place the animals. By Saturday, donations of cleaning supplies, food, stainless steel buckets, and monetary gifts had been received necessitating the group to find a storage area for all of the supplies which are needed to support the dogs until they can all be safely placed in rescue organizations.
New outdoor kennels with bales and bales of hay have arrived to keep the animals warm.
Brimming over with gratitude and thanks to the public for helping, the organization posted the following on their Facebook:
Tonight, every single one of the 50 outdoor kennels has a new dog house in it. Additionally, truckloads of hay arrived throughout the day. We now have about 100 bales available for our furry friends. Every day has been like Christmas for these precious Angels – and it’s all because of YOU! We have large quantities of stainless steel bowls, hundreds of pounds of donated dog food and cleaning supplies, and mounds of linens. It’s safe to say that we are now all set on these items for a while.
Volunteers are asked to check the schedule for available times to help with the dogs.
At this time only rescue organizations are asked to pull the dogs out of the shelter; many still need to be fully vetted and isolated since many had been exposed to an airborne viral disease. Despite the distemper outbreak however, volunteers have been responding at amazing numbers.
All animals will have to be spayed and neutered before being adopted.
Please follow the announcements on the organization's Facebook page, and rescue organizations able to help out would be greatly appreciated.
You can also call the Humane Society of Brazoria at (281)-489-3000.
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