When weather forecasters recently issued warnings about a tropical storm scheduled to hit areas of Florida, one Jacksonville animal shelter decided to take action. The Jacksonville Humane Society summoned the help of “Storm Troopers” to temporarily foster the shelter dogs that are kenneled outdoors.
The shelter posted their plea for “Storm Trooper” volunteers:
With Tropical Depression Nine heading for Jacksonville, JHS has a unique, fun and short-term way for you to help our dogs! We are asking families to serve as “Storm Troopers” and host one of our adoptable dogs for a three-night sleepover from Wednesday, August 31st to Saturday, September 3rd. This is a great opportunity for our dogs to be with a family inside a warm home instead of in our outdoor kennels during the winds and rain.
Residents in the area heard the call for help and quickly answered – in fact, by midday Wednesday, the shelter was cleared out. The shelter issued words of gratitude to its Facebook followers:
THANK YOU JACKSONVILLE! All of our eligible dogs have left the building. We encourage you to check back tomorrow or with other area shelters!
We can’t thank you enough for your response – we are overwhelmed by your generosity!
According to News 4 Jax, the humane society is not closing its doors for the storm, but the staff knew that many dogs become stressed during inclement weather and they decided that a “sleepover” situation would make them much more comfortable. Denise Deisler, Executive Director explained, “JHS is not evacuating for the storm at this time, and will take all proper measures to ensure the comfort and safety of our animals. But there’s no better way to ride out a scary storm than with a loving family!”
Families who stepped up for a storm sleepover are being encouraged to “spoil” their temporary guests and to share pictures with the shelter on social media, using #JHSStormTrooper.
Dogs that were “checked out” for the temporary foster situation can be returned to the facility on Saturday, September 3rd from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with some flexibility.
Find the Jacksonville Humane Society on Facebook here.
Learn more about adopting a pet from the Jacksonville Humane Society here.