Mobile Rescue Unit 1: We have arrived in BirminghamPosted by on September 1, 2008
Well, we have arrived in Birmingham. The shelter has welcomed us with open arms. It has been three years since we last gathered for a hurricane. Since then, we have created a great relationship with the Greater Birmingham Humane Society, as they became a partner in our national shelter outreach program, Tour for Life.
We met with Jacque and her staff and discussed our options. From reports, we found out that the hurricane was downgraded to a Category 2. But still, most of the coastal areas were under a mandatory evacuation. So people and their pets were moved to a safer location.
We took a ride with Joe, a shelter employee, to the Civic Center where there were evacuees. The shelter has set up a staging area where the evacuees can place their animals for safe keeping. Some of the area hotels have even suspended their “no pets” policy and allowed people to bring their pets. Even at the hotel where I was staying there were two large boxers on my floor.
So we are going to spend the night in Birmingham. In the morning we will all gather at the shelter and plan our events for the day. We will also keep in touch with the second mobile rescue unit that was deployed from North Shore Animal League today. We plan to all meet up and proceed together. In the case we have go on ahead of the second mobile rescue unit we will all keep in touch, because what matter most is the lives of the people and animals in need.
Please keep the people and animals who are affected by this storm in your thoughts.
Jen and Hank