Published: Sep 08, 2013 11:32 PM EDT
Updated: Sep 09, 2013 1:08 AM EDT

NORTH FORT MYERS, Fla -  Dozens of dogs are stuck in the mud. 

"Every time we get rain the ground is so saturated we get standing water," said shelter Director Jerri Howard.     

"Two days of good dry and we seem to be beating it and then we get another storm like last night and here we are again with dogs running through lakes and lakefront property," said Howard.         

Months of heavy rain have flooded the kennels at the Animal Refuge Center in North Fort Myers and Howard says it's more than a sloppy situation, it's a health risk.      

"The more standing water we get the more chances we get for bacterial infections, fungal infections," she said.        

Volunteers are busy bailing water and using sand and shell to dry out the kennels.    

But without heavy machinery and man-power, Howard says it's hard to stay ahead of the storms.  

"The areas that our volunteers walk our dogs is, it's not mow-able because the water level is too high," she said.

Now the shelter is asking for your help and hoping the community will donate their time and energy to get these furry friends to higher ground.  

"So once we get the dirt to the entrances, we'll need to wheelbarrow it into the dog lodges. What we are trying to do is be preventative to keep our animals as healthy as possible. but let's face it, with mildew issues it's not a healthy environment for us either."     

The shelter says they need more volunteers to move the dirt. They also need shovels, cleaning products even small farm equipment.

For more information:

18011 Old Bayshore Road North Fort Myers, FL, 33917

239 -731-3535 

http://animalrefugecenter.com/