The Humane Society of Vero Beach & Indian River County (HSVB) was planning on holding the first annual Dogtoberfest event on the Humane Society’s beautiful 38-acre campus on 77th Street in Vero Beach south of the Indian River Fairgrounds but Hurricane Irma had other plans. The Shelter has been forced to cancel the event scheduled for Saturday, September 23rd.
During the hurricane, the Humane Society sheltered 349 animals and their caretakers for three days and cared for an array of dogs, cats, gerbils, bunnies, birds and livestock throughout the storm. In addition to feeding and sheltering the animals, HSVB staff and volunteers worked round the clock to administer to special needs pets in need of medication and specialized care. Included in the array of animals staying at the Shelter during the storm were animals of first responders. HSVB also co-organized and managed the county’s only pet-friendly shelter at Liberty Magnet School.
The entire supply of animal crates was depleted in the days leading up to the storm as HSVB staff gave away crates to house animals at the pet friendly shelter and others in need of crates. Special stackable crates are needed to replenish the supply. If you’d like to assist the Humane Society of Vero Beach & Indian River County in rebuilding their supply of crates and other storm preparedness items, please visit www.hsvb.org/ways-to-donate.