A pet rescue and rescue group known as Pets United United Pet Rescue is asking people to help them in their search for pets after they were forced to close their shelter in Tampa.
The Tampa Bay Times reports that Pets United Pet Rescuers (PUP) is seeking donations for $50,000 in order to continue their efforts.
The organization says that it needs to find more than 500 dogs and cats, and that they have been overwhelmed by the number of rescues that have reached out to them over the past few days.
“This is truly the most challenging time in our lives,” said Chris Smith, the group’s executive director.
“The last two days we’ve had thousands of people calling, asking us to come, and we have been inundated with requests to donate.
We are going to need all of the resources that we have.”
Smith said that Pets Unite is asking for a donation of any amount from $50 to $500 in order for the organization to continue the rescue.
The group is also offering free supplies and services, including vaccinations and adoption classes.
They are also asking for donations to be sent directly to the organization.
The group was founded in 2013 by two former pet owners and their dog, who became active in rescuing pets after spending time in the military.
The dogs adopted more than 60 cats, including a six-year-old girl who was adopted out in December.
“Pets United Pet Resort has been an important resource to the many rescues and rescues rescues across the country,” said the group in a statement.
“It is very humbling and very gratifying to be able to do this for the many pets and their families who have been lost to neglect and abuse in this country.”
The Tampa area has seen a surge in animal rescues in recent years.
In 2015, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said that it had rescued more than 9,000 animals in the region.