No animals harmed at Athens animal shelter during storm

The Athens animal rescue shelter is in the process of getting their fence fully repaired, in addition to cleaning up the trees and debris on their property.
Published: Nov. 5, 2022 at 5:00 PM CDT
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ATHENS, Texas (KLTV) - The Athens Animal Rescue Shelter received damage from Friday night’s storm.

A tornado knocked down numerous trees in the area, destroyed their fencing and blew their sign away.

“We have so much damage in our play yards that the animals, the dogs, aren’t going to have any time out in the yard, and that is really difficult for animals, to stay in their kennels all day long,” said Monika Allen, the director of the Athens Animal Rescue Shelter.

Allen said she’s thankful that no animals were hurt by last night’s storm, although a tarp did get torn off the top of the outside kennels.

“We have had significant damage to trees, and the trees have fallen on our fence lines,” said Allen.

Many of the shelter’s neighbors are without power, including their neighbor across the street who had a tree fall in the middle of their roof.

Thankfully, no one was home in the house across the street when the tree fell.

15 animals were adopted or fostered from the shelter after Allen sent out a Facebook post asking for assistance with caring for the animals.

The United Way of Henderson County provided fences for the dogs after hearing the shelter’s fence had been destroyed.

“It was wonderful that we had the opportunity to help them with PetSmart’s charity and the United Way of Henderson County. We were able to come up with the funds to get the fencing to them right away,” said Mary Valentin, secretary for the United Way of Henderson County.

James Hunt, the owner of Hunt’s Tree Service, also came to the shelter’s rescue to help remove the fallen trees after learning about the damage through Facebook.

“Well, my company usually volunteers at times like this, and so we posted a post and asked if anybody needed any help,” said Hunt.

Many animals at the shelter are kept outside in enclosed areas. Allen said she was worried about the animals being out in the storm and being fearful of the loud noises.

The board of the Athens Animal Rescue Shelter is in the process of getting their fence fully repaired, in addition to cleaning up the trees and debris on their property.

KLTV’s Sariah Bonds spoke with Director of the Athens Animal Rescue Shelter Monika Allen, who was concerned about the safety of their cats and dogs during the storm.
Trees surrounding Athens Animal Rescue Shelter were knocked down by Tornado that ripped through...
Trees surrounding Athens Animal Rescue Shelter were knocked down by Tornado that ripped through the area Friday night.(Sariah Bonds)