Disaster Response: Tennessee Floods, an Update from the Field

An IFAW staff member in Memphis with a sheltering German shepherd.We have a lot of dirty work that must be done for the pets in our care, but we receive payment ten-fold in the form of unconditional love each and every day we serve them in this or any disaster emergency animal shelter!' In a disaster emergency animal shelter we always have a lot of work to do making sure that the pets in our care are as comfortable as possible during their stay with us. Think of it as a hotel just for pets except that they get pampered with regular walks, food delivered to them, and of course lots of snuggles from us! The pets in this shelter are here because their pet-moms and pet-dads want them to be safe during the flooding and severe weather in this area. Two days ago we received a frantic call from someone who needed assistance getting their beloved dogs and cats out of their yard. The whole neighborhood was flooded; children's toys and debris floated along together as if it were commonplace. The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) team was dispatched along with our partner agencies, ASPCA and AHA, to recover the pets. Our highly skilled team members helped reach the 3 German Sheppard mixes without trouble and placed them in crates to be transported to the shelter. Danielle with one of the cats she rescued. Now, the cats were not as excited about their trip to the lovely pet hotel I described earlier! One of the cats ran away from the rescuers and up a tree! Danielle, on of our search and rescue experts rose to the occasion (literally) and climbed the tree to save the cat! The cat was covered in a grease-like substance and was hence named Diesel by the sheltering staff! Four cats in all were taken back to the shelter and have adjusted very well to being pampered. Diesel had a bath and now feels and smells much better! He is super snuggly and Danielle makes sure to check in on him regularly. As for the German Sheppard mixes, they are spoiled by us, especially the folks who rescued them. In this picture Electra is getting some special attention from Gail A'Brunzo. We have a lot of dirty work that must be done for the pets in our care, but we receive payment ten-fold in the form of unconditional love each and every day we serve them in this or any disaster emergency animal shelter! --SW 

Comments: 15

 
Anonymous
3 years ago

May the longtime sun shine upon you, all love surround and the pure light within you, guide your way on!

 
Anonymous
3 years ago

Kudos from Canada, keep up the good work, you can be proud of what you achieve. It is groups and individuals like you that make the foundation of what truly is an advanced society.

 
Anonymous
3 years ago

je suis admirative pour tout ce que vos faites pour le règne animal ; j'ai 2 chiens et un chat
Merci pour votre oeuvre , et je vous souhaite beaucoup de bonheur.
Toutes mes amitiés. Claire wallart

 
Anonymous
3 years ago

Tout à fait d'accord avec Debbie !
Je trouve les gens de l'IFAW admirables de dévouement, pour nos amis du règne animal.
Merci à tous, en particulier Fred O'Regan, le responsable en France.
Très cordialement. Madeleine CHARNAY-GUERIN, adhérente en Bourgogne su Sud

 
Anonymous
3 years ago

Debbie - I had the privilege of helping to take care of them this past week - what a beautiful pack you have! I just love Big Daddy - he gives the best kisses! Lots of love to you and your family! Thanks for ensuring their safety during the floods!

 
Anonymous
3 years ago

i am so happy to hear that there are people who care and save the poor animals.

 
Anonymous
3 years ago

thank you so much for helping and saving animals and take care of them during the bad weather and flood..........God bess you......... you deserve all the best in in your life........

 
Anonymous
3 years ago

Thank you for your work, unfortunately in Portugal a lot of dogs and cats live in the streets .
Thank you again

 
Anonymous
3 years ago

Thankyou to all the rescue workers for what you do for the animals. The animals know what you do for them so a big thankyou from the animals too.

 
Anonymous
3 years ago

I am glad there is group out there to help these poor helpless animals and make them feel at home, a lot better than what happened in New orleans Kattrina .

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