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Lowcountry animal shelter getting hurricane assistance from ASPCA

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The Jasper Animal Rescue Mission is getting assistance from the ASPCA for Hurricane Matthew relief. The shelter says the money is critical to helping them keep their doors open and continue to rescue hundreds of local animals. 

Many in the area are still recovering from Hurricane Matthew, and the animals at Jasper Animal Rescue Mission are no exception. Now, they're finally starting to get some relief. 

The non-profit organization that also serves as the county's animal shelter took a big financial hit as a result of the hurricane, but recovery is underway with the help of a $3,500 disaster relief grant from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. The money is being used to help offset expenses from the storm. The shelter lost power and had to close its doors for over a week. It's also helping to cover the cost of evacuating nearly 200 animals beforehand, and the decrease in donations and adoptions they've been seeing since then. 

"We lost a lot of money. We were closed for a week trying to recover, so we lost adoption fees and donations for about a week's time. We also sent a lot of our animals away up North during that time to safety, so we lost money vaccinating and microchipping," said Caitlyn Schake, Executive Director. 

The shelter says they are finally starting to get back to normal after the hurricane. Of course, they are always looking for adoptions and people to give the animals loving homes. You can contact them here if you are interested. 

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