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Community helps animal shelters prepare for cold weather

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BEAUFORT CO., SC (WTOC) -

The Hilton Head community is stepping in to help animal shelters brace for the chilly temperatures.

Less than 24 hours after the Hilton Head Humane Association put the word out to the public, they received a large supply of blankets and towels from the community, and the pile is continues to grow.

Employees say they'll be staying late to make sure all of the animals are safe and warm.

Almost all of the 40 outdoor dogs have been moved inside.

It's been quite the juggling act for Executive Director Franny Gerthoffer and her staff.

"We are playing chess with some of the animals, just trying to move as many around as possible so that we can fit in as many as possible," said Gerthoffer.

Some of the animals have been temporarily moved to other local pet facilities and a dozen staff members are taking some home.

"We're making room by putting smaller dogs into crates that they can be comfortable for the next two nights," she said.

After the Hilton Head Humane Association caught wind of the weather conditions, the shelter requested towels, blankets and food on its Facebook page, and they got more than they asked for.

"People were very generous in bringing in extra dog crates and cat condos so that the cats can sort of hide in, especially the outdoor feral cats," she added.

The Hilton Head Humane Association is teaming with the Beaufort County Animal Services to make sure all of the animals stay out of the cold.

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