DHA shelter in good shape after the storm, will reopen on Wednesday as usual
We hope you are all safe and sound and made it through Hurricane Sandy unscathed! Our compliance with the City of Wilmington's mandatory evacuation of our area went smoothly, and all of the animals at DHA were placed in foster homes and other temporary shelter in record time.
The DHA shelter is in good shape after the storm and things are back to getting back to normal. We were left with a few damaged trees, some field flooding, a couple of small leaks in the building, and a dumpster that was pushed across the parking lot by the wind. We were again fortunate that there was no flooding within the shelter itself as expected, but plans for DHA's new facility at our current location specify that it will be elevated higher above the flood plain as an added precaution.
Tomorrow morning we will start preparing for the return of our canine and feline residents, who will be coming back to the shelter throughout the day. Existing DHA volunteers who would like to come help us with debris clean up, laundry, crate cleaning, and other duties can report to the front desk after 8:30 am on Wednesday and we will get you started. We will have refreshments in the lobby for all volunteers and foster families.
The shelter will re-open for visitors at 2 pm on Wednesday as usual. If you are planning on visiting with a specific animal, please bear in mind that we can't guarantee they will be back at the shelter before you visit. Drop off for spay and neuter surgeries scheduled for tomorrow will also take place at the usual time between 8:30 and 9 am.
Thanks again for the hard work of our staff, volunteers, friends, supporters and business partners during this time. We could not have done it without you!