St. Francis Animal Sanctuary (SFAS) of Tylertown, one of the largest No Kill shelters in Mississippi, suffered serious damage today when hit by a tornado. Per their FaceBook page, two buildings were destroyed and one dog was killed. Dogs were set loose on the property by the storm, but may have been secured by now.
They are asking for volunteers, blankets and food. Volunteers with heavy construction equipment and chainsaws are especially wanted. Call 601-222-1927 to volunteer. Cash donations are also needed. The address is SFAS, 97 Obed Magee Road, Tylertown, MS 39667
Ironically, the sanctuary president, Pam Perez, was out of town for the national No Kill conference. Of course she has cut that trip short and is returning tomorrow to assess the situation.
St. Francis was well known as "Tylertown" during the animal rescue following Katrina. Best Friends was based there and many, many animals passed through Tylertown on their way to other rescues. After that disaster, the shelter has continued to serve Mississippi and Louisiana. Both are states with great need and St. Francis is a valued member of the No Kill community and vital to that area.
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