BOCA RATON, Fla. - Tri-County Humane Society in Boca Raton is helping with relief efforts after flooding in South Carolina. It's taking in dogs that were in flooded shelters there.
Tri-County workers couldn't make their way into South Carolina because of all the flooding, so they met with other rescue teams halfway, in Georgia. They picked up 26 large-breed dogs that had been in shelters in the Charleston and Columbia areas.
"They went through a lot," said Kim Spencer, who led the humane society's rescue. "I can't even tell you what they were really through. I can't even imagine. I don't even want to know, to be honest, because it's very upsetting."
Some of the dogs were brought back with red paws and missing fur due to rash from the standing water.
"with all the flooding and getting shifted from here to there and being misplaced in the first place, they're very, very sad," Spencer said.
The dogs are currently being treated for their wounds and will be ready for adoption by Tuesday.
Meanwhile, with so many new dogs brought in, there's hardly any room in the shelter. Dogs that were already there are now in pins in the lobby and cages out back, just to make space.
"We need to clear out our shelter," Spencer said. "We need get our new arrivals out and into new homes as quickly as possible."
Spencer is already getting calls for help from other shelters in South Carolina. She's hoping for enough adoptions this week to make room for another group of flood rescues.
The humane society will not charge the full adoption fee for anyone willing to adopt one of the large dogs rescued from South Carolina.