LMAS employees volunteer at Tenn. shelter impacted by wildfire

LMAS workers help Tenn. shelter impacted by fire

LOUISVILLE (WHAS11) -- Many days you'll find Emily Scobba behind the desk here at Louisville Metro Animal Services, but earlier this week, Scobba and five of her LMAS Coworkers were volunteering in Tennessee.
 
 "Just kind of assisted with rescue efforts with the people in Gatlinburg  as far as like reclaiming their pets and the stray animals, taking care of them inside of a make shift shelter,"  Scobba said. 
 
The LMAS employees made the volunteer trip on their own time and without prompting. They volunteered their time helping at the Sevier County Humane Society's temporary shelter outside Gatlinburg. Scobba says the animal shelter was burned in the fire, forcing it to relocate to the fairgrounds where they are helping reunite owners and pets and take care of strays.
 
"There were still a lot that hadn't been reclaimed. There were also dogs and cats that didn't have a home to go back to because they had lost it, due to the fire, so the shelter was caring for their pet until they had a place for it to go," said Scobba. 
 
Stephanie Moore, Assistant Director of Louisville Metro Animal Services, says she is not surprised that they chose to go, but very proud. 
 
"It's an awesome experience, a learning experience for them. They got to see some things that they would have not seen here working in the shelter, so we are very, very proud of them that they took that initiative and went on their own time,"  Moore said.
 
Scobba says its a love of helping animals that inspired the team to make the trip. 
 
"It's just something I've always been passionate about. I think that speaks for everybody that went, just who we are and what we do, what makes us happy, what is fulfilling to us in our own lives. It doesn't just end when we clock out at the end of the day, its something that we carry throughout our lives," said Scobba. 
 
According to the Sevier County Humane Society Facebook page, they are still in critical need of volunteers. If you can help, contact them here.


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