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Landrum animal rescue needs help replacing what was lost in December 26 fire

Gargoyles Animal Rescue is a private rescue, dedicated to the rehabilitation of abused dogs and in helping feral kitties become companion animals. G.A.R. promotes common sense in dealing with animals and life. After a horrific fire the day after Christmas, the rescue needs help to replace what was lost.

Art Williams observes fire damage
Courtesy GoUpstate.com

December 26 was a bad day for fires in Spartanburg County. The Red Cross was there for the three families who were affected by fire that day.

Although the fire department arrived quickly and located the source of the fire, Sheila Roberson and her boyfriend Art Williams incurred a lot of smoke and water damage. Most of their personal possessions were unsalvageable. They have also had to move into a much smaller dwelling after leaving the motel the Red Cross put them up in for a few nights.

Now they must go about the task of rebuilding. In an email interview with Sheila, she told me of her love of animals, and is needed to begin rebuilding their lives.

"we lost our all our toys, all of our scratching posts, all of the things that made the rescue a little bit nicer – all gone! We are starting over but we are alive and for that alone we are Blessed!"

Gargoyles Animal Rescue is also having health issues with some of the cats, especially the one's who suffered smoke inhalation and are developing upper respiratory illnesses. Sheila said the dogs are getting better, but a few of the cats may need further treatment at their vet, Landrum Veterinary Hospital. Donna G. Raines and A. Thomas Maiolo have provided excellent care for the animals that required treatment, and at a reasonable cost.

Sheila wants to replace the cat trees and cat caves lost in the fire. She admits her cats may be a bit spoiled, but she believes in the philosophy that cats are natural born hunters and must be provided a way to expend their energy that is natural to the cats. The trees and caves are important because having them will mean less emotional stress on the cats, many of whom were traumatized by the fire.

The items G.A.R. are most in need of are cat towers, cat scratching posts, cat toys, window perches and cat carriers for their feline crew. For their canines they really need beds, tough toys for bully type breeds and also a Frisbee for their amazing short stack Jack Russel Terrier mix Georgia. Check out the YouTube video of Georgia doing her best to exhaust Sheila.

There are several ways you can help during this difficult transition. Sheila's PayPal address is sheilovealways@yahoo.com. The physical address for those who wish to send toys is G.A.R. c\o Sheila Roberson, 103 Durham Street, Landrum, SC 29356. The rescue's phone number is (864)457-7105.

For those of you who wish to make a direct donation toward vet care, the information is listed below.

Landrum Veterinary Hospital
1600 E Rutherford St, Landrum, SC ‎
(864) 457-3351 ‎

To learn more about Gargoyles Animal Rescue, they have a Facebook page here. Please help Sheila in any way possible. This is a tragedy that could happen to any of us. It's especially difficult knowing innocent animals are affected.