Florida Disaster: Wish List for Shelters
In a search to find out what could be done to help the thousands of animals effected by the Florida Disaster. I went looking for items that are needed by the shelters who are temporarily homing the lost or abandoned animals. I have highlighted the "wish list" in red. These are things that you may have lying around your house and other things are very inexpensive to donate. So take a look at the following information I got from the ASPSA website. Anything anyone can donate would mean the world to the animals and the shelters.
* Suncoast Humane Society, 6781 San Casa Drive, Englewood, FL 34224; (941) 474-7884.The SHS is directing the relief effort in the Englewood area, and is currently dealing with hundreds of animals, with countless more expected. Most of the animals are storm-displaced strays, and will most likely have to be housed for at least 30 days. If you would like to help, mail a check or money order payable to SHS, or call to give via credit card.
* Animal Welfare League of Charlotte County, 3519 Drance St., Port Charlotte, FL 33980; (508) 479-8484. The league’s roof collapsed, leaving the main kennel and cat area unusable. In addition, the outside fencing was destroyed, and much office equipment was lost. The group needs funds, dry dog and cat food, canned foods, blankets, towels, computer systems and a fax machine.
* Humane Society of Tampa Bay, 3607 N. Armenia Ave., Tampa, FL 33607; (813) 876-7138 or 7310. Coordinating efforts in surrounding communities, the society is collecting garbage bags, newspapers, towels, cat litter, dog and cat food, shampoos, toilet paper, first-aid kits, paper towels and funds to distribute through No More Homeless Pets of Hillsborough County. Designate checks for “DISASTER ASSISTANCE from Hurricane Charley in the surrounding counties.”
* Desoto County Board of County Commissioners, c/o Jim Selph, PO Box 310, Arcadia, FL 34266. The animal control building was completely destroyed by Charley. Designate donations for: “REBUILD ANIMAL CONTROL.”
* Humane Society of Polk County, 555 Sage Rd., Winter Haven, FL 33881; Lisa Baker, (813) 324-5227. The society’s building was nearly destroyed, and will have to be replaced. The mobile spay unit/bus flipped over and was wrecked.