Chattanooga shelter welcomes evacuated dogs; needs help making room for them

The dogs came into HES just after Midnight Friday morning. Many rested in their cage, recovering from their long trip. (Image WTVC)

If you're a dog lover, then the red and white tent outside of the Humane Educational Society is paradise.

Early Friday morning, between Midnight and 1:00 a.m., 21 dogs arrived at the Chattanooga shelter evacuating Charleston, S.C. For the pups themselves, it's a safer place to be.

"It's awesome, the fact that we can do this, that we have a community to allow us to do this and help," said Elizabeth Pense, a volunteer for HES.

The dogs were already at shelters near the coast. Chattanooga HES is partners with the Humane Society of the United States. During times of disaster and emergencies, shelters will contact HSUS to find partnering shelter willing to help store those animals.

"If something were to happen here, they would be the organization that will help us and they would utilize other shelters in the area," Volunteer Manager Jeanine Cloyd explained.

But she adds there really isn't much room for the animals in Chattanooga.

"We're already very full," Cloyd said. "It's the summertime and it's a hard time for shelters all over and we're no different than anyone else."

That's why the evacuees have to stay outside of HES's building, but it's why HES says you can throw them a bone.

"Volunteers will be basically caring for them 24/7 until we move them into the main kennel," Cloyd said. "We won't be able to move them into the main kennel until we adopt some more of ours that are already here."

The dogs come in a variety of breeds and sizes; HES says adoption is the best way to help.

If you're interested in adopting or volunteering, you can reach the Humane Society at (423) 624-5302, email or visit the shelter during their open hours.

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