Tonight many shelter volunteers are hunkered down with their precious charges waiting out the storm. They are probably in the dark listening to the wind and rain and hoping that the banging noises don’t mean serious damage. The kind of dedication they bring to what they do is to be admired.
Here is what we know about some of the shelters:
•Jefferson Parish SPCA reported that they were staying to care for the animals. Their last FaceBook post was an attempt to network a hard luck pit bull who was rescued from the streets, rescued from SpindleTop and is now waiting out Isaac. There is a nice mention of a homeless shelter making an exception and allowing animals to stay during the storm.
• P.A.W.S. – Plaquemines Animal Welfare Society is also staffed during the storm. Yesterday they were worrying because their generator would not start. As of late Tuesday night, they posted on FaceBook, “Not only does PAWS need a generator but we are now in desperate need of a large commercial washing machine and dryer.”
• Villalobos Rescue Center (VRC), the popular pit bull rescue, recently moved from California to New Orleans. Tia (the director) says it is “not her first rodeo” and Villalobos seems to have the situation well in hand:
“So we’re hunkering down for Isaac in two different locations. We have some of the dogs with employees in the second story level of the facility while myself and some of the other VRC peeps took dogs an hour and a half outside the city to our new evac center. We’re still in the process of making it ‘pretty’ but it’s a great location with 2 acres of play yard, trees and grass to enjoy ‘after the storm’. . . Though we will still somewhat feel the backlash of Issac, we have things under control and further rescues efforts are in place: evacuation bus with crates, vans filled with crates, boats ready, food, water, etc. So now we wait…….”
•Animal Rescue New Orleans was covered in depth in an earlier article. The latest news from FaceBook was they lost power, but their generators were working.
•Humane Society of South Mississippi (AKA Humane Society of South “Landmass” due to the Weather Channel’s inability to say the name of the state between Alabama and Louisiana.) Whatever you call this shelter, their staff is keeping busy. Over the weekend they had an event for the public where they tagged and chipped hundreds of animals. They are staffing an animal evacuee shelter in Harrison County. They worked with shelters in other states in a cooperative effort to evacuate most of their shelter animals and of course some staff are sheltering in place tonight with the few animals who could not safely be moved.
So tonight this reporter salutes all the shelter workers and volunteers, whatever landmass they call home, for their loyalty to the animals in their care.
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Please note, the photo with the story is an animal in need of immediate adoption from Kirby Animal Care Services (near San Antonio.) They are an open admission shelter in Kirby, Texas striving for No Kill in a high kill state. If you are a cross-poster, I hope you will help get that animal rescued! Thank you cross-posters for your good work!
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