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Local efforts to help animals impacted by Hurricane Florence

Posted at 3:59 PM, Sep 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-17 17:17:28-04

TAMPA — Linda Healy's garage is packed with dog and cat food, animal crates, blankets and so much more. They were all donated from people around the Tampa Bay area for the animals impacted by Hurricane Florence. 

"it makes me feel really good. The community is coming together," said Healy.

She works with Heidi's Legacy Dog Rescue in Lithia. Nearly a dozen other local rescues and nonprofits are working with Healy to collect donations and help rescue some of the animals who were abandoned by their owners during evacuations. 

"The need there is huge," Pam Miller, with Bruno Foundation, said. "We evacuated over 100 animals." 

Miller said some of those animals were brought to Tampa. 

"We need foster homes for them, and we need rescuers to really step up," she said. 

Miller and county officials say the public's help is vital because there's not enough room for any more animals in local shelters. 

"It's really a problem," said Miller. 

Miller fears that these animals will be euthanized if they're left in the shelters too long. 

To find out how you can donate supplies or sign up to take in evacuated animals click here.