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Flooding fears force renovations at Nate's Honor Rescue animal shelter in Manatee County

Posted at 5:05 PM, Feb 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-05 19:16:51-05

MANATEE COUNTY, Fla. — Nate’s Honor Rescue is getting a major multi-million dollar face-lift. Shelter leaders said they are elevating the ground by a foot and half, plus they are expanding their capacity by 50 percent.

“It seems that it rains here more than anywhere else and it floods, forcing us to evacuate the animals,” said Director Ron Oglesby.

Oglesby said they move about 100 animals to foster homes during heavy rains.

The new project is partially being funded by donations from animal lovers. They've raised about $4 million so far.

“Every time we flood, the community rushes out, every dog and cat goes into foster,” said Oglesby.

Worker Amy Caron said she is excited for the renovations to be complete by the end of the year.

“It gets so bad the dogs are literally on their beds shaking, because the water is coming in from underneath,” said Caron.

Oglesby said the flooding issues should stop once the projected is done.