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Despite damage, shelter still caring for animals

Jackson County

MARIANNA, Fla. (WMBB) — Despite extensive damage caused by the hurricane. Partners for Pets in Marianna is still finding ways to care for the animals – not just the ones who were already there, but for the others that continue to be dropped off.

“We’re just squeezing them in where we can. They’re being picked up off the road,” said shelter manager Debbie O’Quinn.

O’Quinn said the response after the storm has been amazing – with truckloads of food and water coming in. 

“We’re helping the community if they’re short on food. We have such an extra amount of it,” O’Quinn said.

She did say the shelter is still in need of water, cat litter and grain-free dog and cat food for some of the animals with special dietary needs.

O’Quinn said while the damage is devastating, it could have been much worse.

She said volunteer Robin Aydlette stayed at the shelter during the storm.

When trees crushed the front kennels, three of the dogs got loose. O’Quinn said Aydlette went out into the storm, found them and brought them back into the office with her. In fact, none of the animals was hurt during the hurricane.

“We want to cry, but the animals are still here. So, we’re out to keep them safe,” O’Quinn said.

O’Quinn said the shelter still needs volunteers to come and help cut and clear the downed trees.

She said once they get internet service back, the shelter will apply for grant money to rebuild.

“We’re fighters. We’re going to keep it going.”

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