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Animal shelters dealing with damage from floods

PAWLEYS ISLAND, SC (WMBF) - People aren't the only ones in need of help after massive flooding in South Carolina. Animals and the shelters that keep them safe were as battered by rain as anyone.

Many shelters around Myrtle Beach said their animals were wet but safe and sound when the flood subsided. Their buildings and supply stocks, however, didn't fare as well.

Many are in great need today. 

Thursday was the first day dogs at All 4 Paws in Pawleys Island were able to go outside since the flooding.

Several shelters took to social media through the week to ask for help. All 4 Paws created a crowdfunding account.

"So much was destroyed," Director of All 4 Paws Shannon Prouty said. 

As the flood waters kept rising so did the desperation to safeguard shelter animals from drowning.

"The rain kept coming, the rain kept coming," Assistant Director Allison Gillespe said. "The yards actually flooded first. So the yard got rotted away at the bottom. It was in standing water for at least 3 or 4 days."

The animals were kept safe, but some of their facilities weren't as lucky.

"The fencing is a huge deal," Prouty commented.  The perimeter of the fence outside rotted at the bottom, and needs to be completely replaced as soon as possible. It's where shelter animals get outside time.

"Our animals have to go outside, they have to put their feet on the ground, they have to get sunlight," Prouty said. "It's not right to keep them cooped up inside."

The water somehow eroded the cages the animals stay in, so zip ties are holding them in place.

"But its not very safe," Prouty said of the make shift solution. "We're going to have replace all this fencing. We had to take down all these panels."

The garage, the main storage area for food and supplies, was flooded too, and they say it needs to be totally torn down. "We have a huge mold risk. "

Thursday Governor Nikki Haley announced that Georgetown County is going to be hit with more flooding 

"The rivers especially have swelled, we're getting people that have to leave their homes, but don't have places to bring their animals, so they're bringing them here. We're always an option for people that may need assistance with that within Georgetown County."

Shelters say if you can, every little bit helps.

Click on the links below to go to their websites to make a donation or for more information.

All 4 Paws http://www.all4pawssc.org

Grand Strand Humane Society http://www.grandstrandhumanesociety.com

Coastal Animal Rescue http://coastalanimalrescue.org/

Humane Society of North Myrtle Beach http://www.humanesocietynmb.org/

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