Here they go again.
The Animal Welfare Society of Miami is again accepting dogs and cats to board while the power is out.
This time, they are accepting people, too, at least for a little while.
“Anyone who needs to warm up or maybe do a little walking to get their exercise is welcome to come out to the NEO Equine Center where we will have the animals,” said Jean Eslick, president of the society.
Eslick said that, while the members of the society are not doing anything different from what they did during the July flood, the experience was very helpful.
“The members of the American Humane Association we worked with during the flood gave us a good mind set,” Eslick said. “Thank God we had the equipment we need that was purchased or donated by the American Humane Association during the flood.
“The only thing that was different from the flood was that it was warm then - it's cold now.”
The society and rescue teams took in more than 300 animals whose owners could not care for them during and after the flood.
Only a few animals have been brought in so far during the flood, but “that's probably because they don't know we're open,” according to Eslick.
She was approached by City Commissioner Rudy Shultz to open the shelter as the ice storm got worse.
Eslick along with society volunteers Cathy and Russell Grissom and Shultz set up the shelter at the college.
Cathy Grissom and volunteer Charlotte Reed are manning and accepting animals the shelter.
All animals must be picked up by 4 p.m. Thursday.