Humane Society seeks help after storm damage

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Severe weather overnight damaged a shed and some crates at the Greater Birmingham Humane Society. They’re asking for help replacing the damaged items.

The Greater Birmingham Humane Society shared live video today on Facebook of the damage they found after the overnight storms.

“Our crates are critical to surgery because we have to bring an animal to and from surgery in a crate,” said Ramona Graffeo, GBHS Chief Administration Officer.

Graffeo says they use most of the crates they have on a daily basis, and a shortage could have dire consequences.

“Whether it’s to transport an animal, to take an animal to a foster home or whether it’s taking 30 to 50 animals a day to and from our clinic in Hoover,” said Graffeo. “It will impact our surgery numbers and impact the lives of our animals that we’re trying to save everyday.”


Replacing the items will be expensive.

“A typical crate is anywhere from 20 depending on the size to 120 dollars and we have lots of big animals so we have lots of big crates … The shed itself, we’re probably looking at a couple thousand dollars to replace it,” said Graffeo.

The humane society relies heavily on volunteers and donors to keep the facility operating, so right now they’re asking for a little extra support.

“We totally depend on the generosity of our community to help us make our goals and help us save more animals,” said Graffeo.

Donations can be made on the GBHS website here or on their Facebook Page. You can text DOG or CAT to 52000 to donate $10 through your cell phone carrier. They will also take donated animal crates if you’d like to drop them off at the GBHS location at 300 Snow Drive.


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