As Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans in 2005, thousands of pets were forced to be left behind, but Colorado's massive pet rescue in Boulder taught emergency personnel that keeping humans and their four-legged friends together have made the tremendous endeavor easier.
The Humane Society of Boulder announced Sunday morning that supplies for pets of evacuees are still available for anyone needing assistance. The Petfinder Foundation donated $3,000 and Mazda donated $15,000 toward the rescue relief efforts. Other generous organizations helping include Colorado Pet Pantry, Purina One, Kong, and PetSmart Charities.
With the motto, "No pets left behind," National Guard helicopters helped to evacuate dogs, cats, birds, and even fish. Zip lines were used to carry pets over the now receding waters. The Red Cross stood prepared with on site kennels, water bowls, and necessary supplies for the very important members of displaced families who otherwise would not have abandoned their pets in such precarious conditions.
Colorado Disaster Wildfire-Flood Lost and Found Pets on Facebook continues to post lost pets as well as requests ranging from caring for hens to finding llamas, goats, donkeys, and horses their rightful humans.
It is estimated 18,000 homes have been damaged by the flood, but fortunately the victims who have no voices are no longer being left to fend for themselves.
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