Disaster shelter for animals now closed
by James Phillips
Jun 24, 2011 | 1558 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Animals in Disaster Unit housed as many as 80 cats and dogs like this mixed breed named Izzy. - Photo by: Daniel Gaddy
The Animals in Disaster Unit housed as many as 80 cats and dogs like this mixed breed named Izzy. - Photo by: Daniel Gaddy
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A temporary animal shelter opened to house dogs and cats displaced by the April tornadoes has now officially closed, the facility's director told the Walker County Commission earlier this week.

Jennifer Bidwell told members of the Commission that almost 20 people contributed 2,011 volunteer hours to help local animals made homeless from the tornadoes. Bidwell said the final animal left the shelter on Monday.

Many of the animals were taken to the Kentucky Humane Society in Louisville and the New Albany-Floyd County Animal Shelter in New Albany, Ind., volunteer Christine Wilson said.

"We can say that no animal from our shelter is in a crate or kennel," Wilson said. "They are all in foster homes until they can be placed with permanent owners."

Wilson said representatives from the New Albany-Floyd County Animal Shelter commented on the behavior of the animals transported from Walker County.

"They said the animals had great personalities and behaved well," she said. "It goes to show you that not only do we have good people in Walker County, but we also have good animals."

Wilson added that local volunteers have been contacted by state officials about setting up an official Animals in Disaster Unit in Walker County.

"This would be a Type 1 unit," she said. "There is only one other, as far as I know, in Alabama. I think that communication says a lot about how the people in our area responded and helped these animals."