GBHS acquires emergency animal rescue rig through ASPCA grant | News
Since the April 27 tornadoes, the Greater Birmingham Humane Society has worked overtime, taking in animals that lost their homes and collecting rooms and rooms full of pet food and supplies.
Now with a grant from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, the GBHS has purchased a big rig truck that will allow them to complete emergency rescue and transport work even more efficiently.
The $128,000 rig comes equipped with space for cages used to transport animals, a veterinary workspace and space to store pet care supplies. The vehicle will help increase pet adoptions across the state by giving the GBHS the ability to transport animals to areas that used to be out of reach.
As the largest adoption agency in the state, the GBHS sees the highest level of adoptions. The truck will allow for the transport of adoptable pets to smaller communities that have a lower volume of animals
“The recent tornadoes in Alabama have created an immense need for the care of animals that have been displaced and abandoned,” senior director of community initiatives for the ASPCA Jodi Lytle Buckman said in a release. “Requests for transfers and supplies have been steadily increasing since the outbreak of dangerous weather, and we are pleased to be able to offer aid to local organizations like the Greater Birmingham Humane Society.”
Representatives with the GBHS said the grant money will help them reach even more animals in need as they work to help pets who have been affected by the devastating storms.