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July 30, 2011

The Humane Society of the United States Helps Rebuild Ga. Animal Sanctuary

The Humane Society of the United States has come to the aid of the Build an Ark Foundation by providing the organization with a Shelters in Crisis grant after an April tornado demolished the organization’s Ellijay, Ga. facility. The HSUS is also partnering with community service group The Underground to provide volunteers for a rebuilding event led by the nonprofit group New York Says Thank You.

“The Humane Society of the United States is proud to work with The Underground and New York Says Thank You to come to the aid of Ms. Littlejohn and Build an Ark, which provides vital services to animals in need in this community,” said Jessica DuBois, Georgia state director for The HSUS.  “This new facility will allow Build an Ark to care for many more animals who need assistance due to Georgia’s struggling economy.”

The Underground, a group that provides social activities and service opportunities for Atlanta residents, has partnered with The HSUS to provide volunteers for this project.  Twenty members of the Underground will be participating in various activities in Ellijay this weekend.

“The Underground is thrilled to partner with The Humane Society of the United States to help make the rebuild of Build an Ark Foundation a success,” said Lisa Weinman Orth, founder of The Underground.

The HSUS has provided a $1,500 rebuilding grant to the Build an Ark Foundation, which serves as a foster home to baby sheep, goats, rams, alpaca, ponies, horses, rabbits, guinea pigs, baby chicks as well as dogs and cats. This grant will help the organization recover from April’s devastating tornado and continue to serve their community.

The rebuilding effort was coordinated by New York Says Thank You Foundation, which was started after the 9/11 attacks and sends volunteers all over the country  to help people affected by natural and manmade disasters.

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