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Idaho Humane Society volunteers bring supplies to Florida animal rescue

This week the Idaho Humane Society sent two of their most experienced shelter staff members to assist the ASPCA and local agencies with the emergency shelters for many of the animals impacted by Irma. (Photo Credit Brittany Jenks)

Hurricane Irma has had a lasting impact on Florida and one area of great need is the animal shelters.

This week the Idaho Humane Society sent two of their most experienced shelter staff members to assist the ASPCA and local agencies with the emergency shelters for many of the animals impacted by Irma.

From Boise they flew to South Carolina, picked up a box truck full of supplies and drove all the way to Bradenton, Florida.

Brittany Jenks and Megan Reichert delivered supplies to an animal rescue in Florida full of Irma victims.

"We're super grateful that we were able to apply for this and go down and help as many animals as we were," said Reichert.

They hand delivered donated items including crates, food, treats, puppy pads, towels, toys, and bedding to Nate's Honor Animal Rescue.

The rescue thought they were going to be directly hit by Irma so they send all of their animals to another town and prepared for the worst. Bradenton was not directly affected by the hurricane.

"That opened up the opportunity for them to take animals from shelters and other rescues that were more overwhelmed," said Reichert.

The facility is able to hold about 50 dogs and 30 cats. Jenks and Reichert say they did not see any empty enclosures but the animals were given plenty of space. They say everyone seemed comfortable and happy.

"I think it's a really amazing feeling to use our knowledge and our skills towards the greater good," said Jenks. "It's really incredible to see several different organizations from across the country kind of come together to one site achieve a goal that wouldn't be attainable by one organization alone."

In October the Idaho Humane Society says they will be taking in dogs from San Antonio Pets Alive, a life saving organization that rescues animals selected for Euthanasia at the San Antonio City Shelter. The organization has seen an influx since Hurricane Harvey's landfall.


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