Animal Relief

By: Ashley Davidson
By: Ashley Davidson

You've seen the pictures of Hurricane survivors stranded outside the New Orleans Convention Center.

Judy Hodges says: "In many instances those people the only thing they managed to save was their pet. They didn't take their clothes or personal belongings it was their pet."

But when survivors of Hurricane Katrina were taken to shelters most were not allowed to take their pets.

"These people are very distraught over what's happening with their pets over the fact that many of the shelters will not take pets.

In other cases the animal shelters are now housing people with the animals.

The lady I spoke with in Alexandria they have 60 people who are staying there with their pets."

That particular shelter has 300 animals! Animal rescue groups are trying to figure out how to help them.

"I know there are many, many people in this community that care deeply for animals. And we'd just like to see them dig real and we'd just like to see them dig real deep and help us help them."

Staging areas have been set up to collect pet supplies around the country, and South Central Kentucky is no different. All they need is your help.

If you'd like to help here's how, this Saturday a collection drive is taking place at Petco on Campbell Lane. It starts at 9:00 a.m. For more information call Judy Hodges at (270)793-0967.

The most critical items needed are:
wire animal crates
stainless steel bowls
extra long heavy duty extension cords
water hoses and nozzles
very large capacity padlocks
gallon size zip-top bags
flea treatments
muzzles
towels
sturdy leashes and collars
bleach
heavy duty trash bags.
paper towels
disposable litter pans
litter

The drive will last all day Saturday and runs until September 18th.

For more information on Animal Aid Assistance check out these links:

www.vetmed.lsu.edu
www.ldaf.state.la.us
www.noahswish.org
www.hsus.org
www.aspca.org


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