The shelter was closed after the animals were found living in unsanitary conditions.
HELENA-WEST HELENA, Ark. – Hundreds of cats and dogs lived in the dirt and in cages outside the Humane Society of the Delta until it closed last week. The director of the shelter is charged with 285 counts of animal cruelty after cats and dogs were found sick and living in poverty.
On Tuesday, volunteers helped move animals to shelters across the Mid-South so they can find loving homes.
“Today is an amazing day for these animals because today is their new beginning,” said Kim Alboum, director of shelter outreach at the Bissell Pet Foundation.
Volunteers from organizations across the Mid-South have helped with vaccinations, physicals, and given the much-needed love to these pets.
Lisa Easton of the Memphis Rescue and Support team said conditions were nightmarish for the animals before volunteers helped clean up the shelter.
“It’s a lot better,” Easton said. “We have so many people in the community trying to reach out and help.”
It was a round-the-clock operation to help these animals prepare for transport. Alboum said the shelter has been overwhelmed with large dogs from all over the country, who are often overlooked for adoption.
“It’s not so much about the number of pets that are in the shelter and being cared for in a shelter, it’s about how they are cared for,” Alboum said. “They didn’t have the capacity to take care of that volume of animals.”
After surviving harrowing living conditions, these animals are excited about a caring home.
“They are among the sweetest dogs,” Easton said. “You can take one like you had it when it was a puppy. They come out, they flourish, they want to be loved.”
You can help these animals by adopting or adopting them. Donations for this operation can be made to the Bissell Pet Foundation.