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
2 years ago

thank you from the bottom of everyone's heart. God Bless you and the work you do to keep creatures safe.

 
Anonymous
2 years ago

THANKYOU!! It is such a relief to know that there are people who actually care enough to take the time to help the defenceless animals in these diasters!!!

 
Anonymous
2 years ago

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Anonymous
2 years ago

Anyone who helps a helpless/defenseless animal is a gift and deserves only wonderful things to happen to them. It is true, animals thank you in their own special way, but you deserve thanks from everyone who calls themselves a human being.

Many years of happiness to all of you.

Maureen Batkis

 
Anonymous
2 years ago

All I can say is Thank you, Thank you, Thank you, for what you do. My animals (Diamond, Big Daddy, Chico, Dusty and Bella are there in your Hotel and are having a Grand time. I was fortunate to be able to see them on Saturday and they are spoiled rotten. I was able to meet the fantastic group of people that are there each and everyday with the animals. You all are Angels from Heaven, I will never beable to repay you for what you are doing. God Bless each and everyone of you.

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