Northland Woman Opens Home to Displaced Pets

By KBJR News 1

July 10, 2012 Updated Jul 10, 2012 at 7:33 PM CDT

Wrenshall, MN (Northlands NewsCenter)
-- One Northland woman is making it her mission to help animals displaced by June's historic flood.

Marie Line of Wrenshall feels she's limited in helping her friends in the Fond du Lac community, so she's found another way that she can help. She has decided to open her home to their pets.

She doesn't doesn't like the word animals.

"They are little people."

Her love of "little people" goes back years.

"My parents knew that someday I would go into working with animals, little people, they knew it," said Line.

The flood of the century has given her a chance to help the pets she loves so much.

"I want to help and I lost my sense of smell and taste so I can't help the clean up, what's the next best thing? What about your pets? They may not have a home to go back to," says Line.

Her first rescue was five goats.

"They were suffering. I was really worried about them," says Susan Stanich of Fond du Lac, who owns the goats.

The goats used to live in this backyard in the Fond du lac neighborhood, now their home, which is in an enclosure, used to be full of plush green grass; but after the flood sent a river ripping through this neighborhood, it's been replaced with an environment not suitable for a goat.

"They wouldn't have survived, they are three babies and two adults that are dwarf goats. The mother is a grand champion of the Carlton County Fair," says Stanich.

Now the family of five has plenty of green grass and animal companionship.

"It's my way of saying I'm sorry we are all going through this...what can I do and if it's helping out little people which I have a big passion for, let me do it."

Line wants to help as many pets as she can as the flood recovery continues.

She says if your pet needs a temporary home you can give her a call at 218-384-9070.

Zach Vavricka

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