DC animal shelter flooded with donations after storm damage

The Humane Rescue Alliance is thanking the community for its donations of towels, sheets and blankets that will serve as replacement bedding for animals who lost theirs in the weekend flood. (Courtesy Humane Rescue Alliance)
The Humane Rescue Alliance is thanking the community for its donations of towels, sheets and blankets that will serve as replacement bedding for animals who lost theirs in the weekend flood.

A Humane Rescue Alliance employee sits atop the donations that fill a room at the New York Avenue shelter on Saturday, July 31. (Courtesy Humane Rescue Alliance)
A Humane Rescue Alliance employee sits atop the donations that fill a room at the New York Avenue shelter on Saturday, July 31.

Matt Williams with Humane Rescue Alliance said the old building that serves as its shelter on New York Avenue is at the bottom of a hill and is prone to flooding. (Courtesy Humane Rescue Alliance)
Matt Williams with Humane Rescue Alliance said the old building that serves as its shelter on New York Avenue is at the bottom of a hill and is prone to flooding.

There were so many donations dropped off that Matt Williams with the Humane Rescue Alliance said it is sharing the bedding with other shelters. (Courtesy Humane Rescue Alliance)
The Humane Rescue Alliance has gotten so many donations, it’s donating extra bedding to other local shelters.

Dola, who is up for adoption at the Humane Rescue Alliance, is one of the cats who will benefit from more bedding. (Courtesy Humane Rescue Alliance)
Dola, who is up for adoption at the Humane Rescue Alliance, is one of the cats who will benefit from more bedding.

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The Humane Rescue Alliance is thanking the community for its donations of towels, sheets and blankets that will serve as replacement bedding for animals who lost theirs in the weekend flood. (Courtesy Humane Rescue Alliance)
A Humane Rescue Alliance employee sits atop the donations that fill a room at the New York Avenue shelter on Saturday, July 31. (Courtesy Humane Rescue Alliance)
Matt Williams with Humane Rescue Alliance said the old building that serves as its shelter on New York Avenue is at the bottom of a hill and is prone to flooding. (Courtesy Humane Rescue Alliance)
There were so many donations dropped off that Matt Williams with the Humane Rescue Alliance said it is sharing the bedding with other shelters. (Courtesy Humane Rescue Alliance)
Dola, who is up for adoption at the Humane Rescue Alliance, is one of the cats who will benefit from more bedding. (Courtesy Humane Rescue Alliance)

WASHINGTON — The weekend storms flooded roadways, basements and a D.C. pet shelter, which ruined the animals’ bedding.

Thanks to some giving people, the Humane Rescue Alliance is overwhelmed with donations.

The plea for donations went out on Saturday July 29, when Matt Williams with the Humane Rescue Alliance said employees woke up to find the dog kennels at its New York Avenue shelter flooded.

“We had to move some animals. The animals were fine. They were never in any danger, but we lost a lot of bedding,” he said.

It also created a space problem because Williams said as they waited for kennels to dry out, they had limited space, which made it difficult to take in other animals. He said it’s a good time to adopt.

After his appeal for help on WTOP, it was donations that were flooding in.

Sheets, blankets and towels filled the shelters’ rooms. There were also toys and dog beds among the donations.

Williams said there are so many, they are donating the extra bedding to other shelters.

“You guys came over and above; your listeners did,” Williams said. “And we were overloaded with them so thank you so much.”


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