Saving death-row dogs is a difficult task under the best of circumstances.
Meshell Applegate of Muskogee, Okla. has a passion for saving death row dogs from the Muskogee Animal Shelter, but recently, a devastating fire has made that task impossible.
Back on June 30, an electrical fire ripped through Applegate’s property.
A fire is devastating in and of its own right, but the damage caused by this fire cannot be remedied quickly because the structures destroyed were not insured.
On Tuesday, Fox 23 ran Applegate’s story and in an interview, she described what was lost in the fire,
It took my well. It took my shop building. It took my trailer that I house everything in, and it took all my supplies.
Caring for the homeless dogs has become almost impossible. In fact, Applegate has temporarily been forced to stop taking in death row dogs from the shelter facility.
She expresses her worries about what will happen now,
“I have had to turn dogs down, and not bring nothing in, and I hate it cause now there’s a chance they’re going to die.”
Of the dogs who are still in her care, Applegate told Fox 23 News about the difficulties she is facing,
“It’s very hard, very hard. After a couple of hours, you want to sit down and say that’s enough but you can’t stop. (The animals) have to be taken care of,”
Meshell’s friends are trying to help her get back on her feet and back to doing what she loves.
A chip-in fund has been created to help purchase the supplies necessary to get the pump house and well back up and running.
Please click here to access the fund and read more about what is needed. Those who cannot access the link or who wish to mail something instead, can send donations to:
Friends of the Muskogee Animal Shelter
P.O. Box 2901, Muskogee, OK 74402
Few people have the wherewithal to accomplish what Meshell Applegate has accomplished through the years. She has helped those who could not help themselves.
Today, she is the one who needs a helping hand – to get back to what she loves – helping those who need help the most.
Watch a news clip here.
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