Shoals Animal Rescue Opens Their Own Shelter

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LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Two months after being banned from the Florence Animal Shelter, the founder of an animal rescue mission is branching out on her own.

The group “Heart of Alabama Save, Rescue, and Adopt” is in the process of opening up their own rescue facilities in the Shoals.

Debbie Rappuhn, founding member of HASRA, wants to keep the location a secret for now.

Rappuhn and the HASRA board of directors have started the process of constructing a rescue facility to save as many animals as they can.

“We’re saving so many dogs that people are wanting to take to the shelter and they call me or Facebook me and say we are taking these animals to the shelter, “can you help?” explained Rappuhn.

According to Rappuhn, HASRA regrouped after she was personally banned from the Florence Animal Shelter and she now looks at it as a positive move.

She said it forced her to change her future plans, into plans now being instituted.

“There is so much out here that needs to be done,” stated Rappuhn. “And I know it looks kind of rough out here right now, and we have been working on it for a year and a half, but it’s kind of slow because we have been working so hard saving animals.”

Through all of the turmoil, Rappuhn said she hasn’t taken her focus off saving animals.

Since her January exit from the Florence Animal Shelter, she said HASRA has rescued 170 animals.

According to Rappuhn, HASRA continues to work with rescues across the country to transport animals to other areas for adoption.

Rappuhn said they are a private organization and do not take anonymous pet drop-offs.