Jacksonville Humane Society, other shelters seek help after Irma

(Photo: Jacksonville Humane Society)
(Photo: Jacksonville Humane Society)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Hurricane Irma put a strain on animal shelters across Northeast Florida, forcing the Alachua County Humane Society to take in hundreds of  displaced pets and the Jacksonville Humane Society to shelter dozens more.

But 138 of those are off to find new homes in Michigan and Wisconsin after boarding two planes Friday morning at University Air Center in Gainesville. Sixty-six more from Jacksonville could be transferred to South Carolina on Saturday.

The Humane Society is asking for those who have the means to consider donating an item from its wish list, either purchased locally or online through Amazon. They're also seeking volunteers in the coming weeks. If you'd like to help, just email volunteer@alachuahumane.org.

Live from University Air Center. Loading 138 animals onto two planes bound for their new lives in Michigan and Wisconsin. Thanks The Humane Society of the United States! #HSUS #AlachuaHumane #HurricaneIrma

Posted by The Humane Society of North Central Florida on Friday, September 15, 2017


The Jacksonville Humane Society, which took in 66 animals from Clay County Animal Care & Control and Safe Animal Shelter in Irma's aftermath, plans to take in more animals after transferring some out of state. To support their efforts, visit jaxhumane.org/donate and select "Hurricane Relief."


Clay Humane has launched a food bank to help displaced families and those fostering found pets. It's open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.The group also seeks, from pet food to cleaning supplies. To donate, drop off supplies at 2230 Filmore Street in Orange Park, call 904-276-7729 or visit clayhumane.org.