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Louisville volunteers travel to Gatlinburg to help displaced pets

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Emily Scobba is one of those people who doesn't just go to work from 9 to 5 everyday.

She lives her job at Louisville Metro Animal Services.

"It's just who I am, and it's what makes me happy," Scobba said.

Her counterparts in Gatlinburg, Tenn., are the same way. They've been in some desperate need of help though since wildfires ravaged the area.

"When you have a natural disaster or an emergency like a fire, it not only affects the people in the community, but their pets," said Jerry Foley, Assistant Director at Louisville Metro Animal Services.

In the midst of the Gatlinburg crisis, Scobba and several co-workers knew a little Louisville love might go a long way. They were right.

Earlier this week, they stepped in to help care for nearly 75 dogs and cats displaced from the fires. 

"We were walking dogs and cleaning cages," Scobba said.

They also organized and helped with donations that continue to pour in. Volunteering wasn't a requirement of the job. They weren't being paid. 

"I think we're really blessed to have employees that will go out on their own, use their own personal time off to go help these animals," Foley said.

"It's what we do. It's what we eat and breath and sleep," Scobba said.

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