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Humane Society sends blankets South

By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  These freezing temperatures can be dangerous for people and pets.

The Albany Humane society was overwhelmed with donations of blankets after a story on WALB News Ten Tuesday night.

They couldn't use them all, so they sent the extras to Valdosta to make sure the homeless and cold people there can bundle up tonight.

Dozens of people showed up at the Albany Humane Society in the past 24 hours dropping off used and new blankets to keep the animals warm.

After each animal got one, there were still about 15 brand new blankets available.

Cats and dogs are all snuggled up at the Albany Humane society, thanks to donations from people helping to keep them warm.

"We have been so fortunate, after WALB did the stories on the animals, that the public has just come out in droves," said Albany Humane Society Director Donna Strickland.

And continue to come, bringing blankets to keep the animals safe. Blankets, towels and other linens line cages to make sure that all day and night the animals are snuggled up tight.

"We're really in pretty good shape," said Strickland.

So good, that there are more than a dozen brand new, and extra comforters. "The community has been so good to us and they really came out for us, so it's just a little bit we could give back."

Humane Society Director Donna Strickland learned that the Valdosta Salvation Army shelter was short on blankets, so she asked the Georgia State Patrol to help them out, by picking up the blankets and taking them to the shelter.

"In our time of need, where we need blankets and we need coats and different things, I'm so glad to hear that the Albany Humane Society stepped up and are bringing blankets to us. It's a wonderful thing," said Capt. Guy Nickum of the Valdosta Salvation Army.

People taking care of man and man's best friend. Keeping them warm and safe, during this Arctic chill.

Of course, the humane society doesn't want folks to stop donating. They say if they can't use what you donate, they'll make sure to find a good home for the items.

Troopers from State Patrol posts in Albany, Tifton, and Valdosta helped transport those blankets to the Salvation Army in Valdosta.


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