The worst winter storm in 15 years took its toll on the Asheville Humane Society's animal shelter at 72 Lee's Creek Road in Asheville. The building was threatened by a fallen tree that knocked down a power line. The shelter lost power, including water and heat, for several days. Heroic efforts by staff members who braved the storm helped keep the animals fed and safe. This video takes you on an inside tour of the shelter during the power outage.
Power was restored yesterday afternoon. Many of the animals have been temporarily transferred to volunteer foster homes. The shelter is currently closed to the public until the situation is under control. Asheville Humane Society is asking for donations of blankets and lots of towels, as well as AA, AAA, and D batteries. Donations can be dropped off at the shelter or at Blaze N Skyy Pet Boutique, 30 Battery Park Avenue in downtown Asheville.
Monetary donations are also welcome. Visit www.ashevillehumane.org to donate.
It's a good idea to check with the animal shelter or an animal rescue organization in your area and see if they need any additional assistance at this time. You'll find a list of these organizations on our Adopting page.