POMPANO BEACH, FLORIDA. – A few cats at the Florida Humane Society in Pompano Beach had to be taken out of the facility last week because of severe flooding.
Florida Humane Society President Carol Ebert explained she got a call about 7:15 a.m. Thursday that there was water running out the back door of her shelter.
At first, the staff members at the animal shelter thought it was a burst pipe.
“The countertops are ruined, the walls are ruined,” Ebert stated. “We had lots of damage with food and storage we had in the hallway, (including) cat litter.”
The water came from a faucet in a cat room at the animal shelter which is located off North Powerline Road.
It’s still unclear which cat or cats are responsible, but crews explained the incident caused thousands of dollars’ worth of damage because many walls and cabinets need to be torn down because of mold.
Ebert explained the cats were safely up in their beds for about 17 hours, luckily avoiding the water running below them before someone came in.
Ebert said that many of the cats had to be moved out of the shelter for the time being.
The shelter has to come up with at least $5,000 to restore all of the affected cabinets and walls. They are also in need of litter and food that has been destroyed, as well as foster families because more cats will have to be moved during renovations.
Anyone who wishes to donate supplies or perhaps even foster a cat is asked to visit floridahumanesociety.org.