Animal Control workers from Lee and Collier Counties are on the ground in Mississippi—rescuing pets made homeless by Hurricane Katrina. Ria Brown of Lee County Animal Services says her colleagues are treating injured pets and creating a log of what animals were found where, so owners can hopefully come and reclaim them.
“They’re taking them to specific locations so people will know if their animal is recued it’s at that location. But they’re also not letting any animals that have not been surrendered by their owners out of the state for sixty days because a lot of rescuers have come in and want to help, but if they take those animals out of these those people may never be reunited them – and some have nothing else left”
Brown says volunteers need equipment and medical supplies. Cash donations are also welcome. The Florida Animal Control Association organized the pet rescue operation. The volunteers from Lee and Collier could remain in Mississippi until September 22 or 29th – when a new team will replace them. Meanwhile, the Lee county Humane Society has taken in 75 dogs rescued from the Gulf Coast – and they’re looking for volunteers to walk them.
Monday, 19 September 2005 01:00