Flood Victims Lent a Helping Paw

By KBJR News 1

July 6, 2012 Updated Jul 6, 2012 at 2:32 PM CDT

For those who suffered property damage from the flooding a few weeks ago, a kind gesture is sometimes all they need to be reminded that there is light at the end of the tunnel.

With the help of some big national names, one local organization is putting their "paw" out for those in need.

"Living on a hill, we don't expect this place to flood," says Meggan Neve of Northland Spay and Neuter.

But it flooded alright, leaving many homes under water or severely damaged.

With many of these homes housing not only people, but pets, a need for pet food soon arose.

"In many cases the pet food and pet supplies are kept in the basement and everybody seemed to have a flooded basement," says John Gustafson of Animal Allies.

Meggan Neve of the Northland Spay and Neuter Clinic says they noticed dog and cat food flying off shelves along with the cleaning supplies in the days following the flood.

"When we were out in the community both the staff and myself, we noticed a lot of people were in the pet food section getting pet food and supply," says Neve.

Animal Allies paired up with the A.S.P.C.A. and Hills Nutrition pet food to lend a helping paw.

The A.S.P.C.A. called Animal Allies during the days that followed the flood to see if there was anything they could do to help. After some brainstorming, the staff came up with the pet food idea. They called up Hills Nutrition who was immediately on board with the idea.

"This is really a small token of being able to give something back to the community," says John Gustafson of Animal Allies.

A small token that comes in the form of a five pound bag of pet food.

"We would like to help them in a huge way if we could, but in a small way this is how we could do it, is helping to get some food to their animals so they're not having to spend that ten to twenty to thirty dollars on pet food right away when they could be using that on other things that they need to buy," says Neve.

If you aren't able to make it out this week, Animal Allies plans to get another shipment of donated food next week.

And in this extreme heat that has followed the massive flooding, Animal Allies has another message:

"Just about what you would do for yourself to stay cool, that's what the animals need as well," says Gustafson.

So keep them hydrated, and do anything to beat the heat, because your best friend wants to enjoy summer just as much as you do.

Courtney Godfrey
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