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Disaster Relief Aid to Iowa Pets

In Uncategorized on July 30, 2008 at 4:43 pm

It’s no secret that pets also suffer when natural disasters strike. During the recent floods in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, two animal control agencies were hit by rising water. The American Kennel Club (AKC) and the AKC Companion Animal Recovery donated $10,000 to to the Kirkwood Foundation for the Friends of the Animal Shelter Fund, which is a non-profit associated with Cedar Rapids Animal Control; and $10,000 to the Friends of the Animal Center, which is a nonprofit associated with Iowa City Animal Control. Both organizations had to evacuate their facilities due to the flooding but this did not prevent them from caring for displaced cats and dogs. They also set up an emergency shelter for the 1,000 pets that were made homeless by the floods. The Cedar Rapids Animal Control and the staff at the Kirkwood facility have been able to reunite displaced dogs with their people, have been able to find adoptive homes for other dogs, and have found a place to house animals who lived in their emergency animal shelter. Pets rescued by the Iowa City Animal Control have been relocated to the agency’s temporary new home.

-Amanda Giffi


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