michelel72 (michelel72) wrote,

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Animal shelter fire

On April 7, 2007, the Jacksonville (FL) Humane Society's headquarters caught fire. 85 animals died. At the time, the facility was classified as a warehouse, which meant it was not required to have the fire-safety equipment required in office buildings and stores. The organization has been a no-kill shelter since October, 2005, which is rare in the South. They are considering a partnership with the city, but that may endanger the no-kill policy; the city kills animals to address overcrowding.

The shelter's webpage, linked above, offers a link for online donations. (A fire donation account has also been established with Wachovia Bank, Account #2000034081857.) Some fire-safety equipment has been donated, and donations have reached $200,000 as of this posting, but the agency says they need much more to rebuild.

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