The board of directors of the Humane Society of Central Illinois is extremely grateful for the wonderful help extended to us on the morning of Jan. 10 when we experienced a fire at our Pet Adoption Center, (“Pets evacuated from fire at Humane Society,” Page A3, Jan. 11).
Our staff, volunteers present and our neighbors rushed to remove the 100-plus pets in the building. Our business neighbors, including about seven employees of Chily's Drywall, had employees jumping the fence running over to help remove our pets from the heavy smoke. We appreciate the efforts of various anonymous people who helped during the evacuation and others who assisted with cleanup.
The Bloomington Fire Department showed great care in rescuing our pets. No one wants to experience a fire but it was comforting to see the wonderful response. Many times the fire department rescues household pets but an entire building of pets is a unique challenge. They showed great compassion and care as they offered assistance in many ways. We hope they enjoyed meeting our pets despite the unfortunate cause of their visit.
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We are truly touched by the support. Luckily the fire happened under the best circumstances for our Pet Adoption Center. We our thankful there were no people or pet injuries and limited building/equipment damage.
We also appreciate the many people helping with our laundry until our replacement equipment arrives.
This writer is secretary of the board of directors.