Denham Springs Animal Shelter Fund
The rescue efforts saved many animals, but the shelter is in need of rebuilding and repairs after the flood waters recede. The cattery is totally demolished, and the kennel area and office space are severely damaged.
All funds raised will go to the animal shelter to go toward recovery and rebuilding efforts. Petco Foundation has generously offered to match each dollar raised up to $50,000. Thank you for your care and support.
The combined total of this campaign and the Petco Foundation match is currently just under a quarter of a million dollars. To raise that amount of money in 14 days for a small shelter in Louisiana that most people have never heard of is proof of the goodness of people and what can happen when we all come together to help out. I facilitated a meeting yesterday between the Denham Springs shelter, Best Friends and some other local shelters and rescues. We have good plans in place for moving forward and new partnerships and friendships that will last for years were forged.
The second thing I noticed was a group of feral cats, lounging on a table and eating some food that had been left. I have no idea how they survived a flood that went up to the roof, but I wasn't surprised to see them. Feral cats are astounding creatures. I learned a long time ago to expect the unexpected from them.
Berkley met me, and we started to tour the shelter together. There's so much damage, so much sludge, so much debris. We went from one room to another, joined by a contractor friend of mine who had graciously agreed to come and offer advice on construction and planning, and as I surveyed the wreckage, I was reminded of all the things this shelter had done to take care of its animals. The dogs had big, enclosed grassy areas to run in each day. The cats all had enclosed porches they could go out in to get some fresh air and sunshine. There were isolation rooms, transition rooms and a grooming tub. All of this had been important in contributing to the quality of life of animals at this shelter, and all of it was damaged or destroyed.
There were a few things not destroyed though. Berkley met me with a smile and upbeat attitude that was reflected as I met other staff and volunteers throughout the day. They lost a lot, both at the shelter and in their personal lives, but everyone there was moving on, taking care of business and looking forward, not back. Everyone there was working together on getting the shelter back to at least minimal functionality, and doing it when they had their own problems at home to deal with. This is a team, and they love their shelter and every animal that passes through it. They love each other too, and they will get through this how people in Louisiana always get through things: together, with lots of love, lots of laughter, lots of improvisation and a few tears.
This shelter is not gone. It will not be silent forever. Thanks to the generosity of each of you, they hope to be able to open their doors to taking in animals again in a few short weeks.
Cleanup operations continue, as they will for some time. The shelter has posted some fantastic videos on its Facebook page that give an in depth look at the true scale of destruction. Shelter staff are currently planning how to best use all the amazing volunteers waiting to come in and help. Updates will be passed along as they become available.
From the Petco Foundation-- The Petco Foundation joins community efforts to help Denham Springs Animal Shelter flood recovery with matching grant: Even before the flooding, the Denham Springs Animal Shelter in Louisiana had very limited resources. But that never stopped this small organization and its dedicated team from operating the community's animal control shelter and doing everything they could to save animal lives. They are all heart! So it is heartbreaking to imagine what they must be going through during this tragedy. We understand that efforts are ongoing to raise support for the Denham Springs Animal Shelter in their time of need. To encourage this support, the Petco Foundation will match all amounts received by the Denham Animal Shelter during this time up to at least $50,000 in support of the flood recovery and rebuild efforts.
UPDATE From the Petco Foundation-- Matching grant increased to $100,000. Due to the overwhelming response, and incredible need, the Petco Foundation is increasing its matching grant from $50,000 to $100,000. The community of Denham Springs and all of Louisiana's affected citizens and animals are in our hearts through this difficult time.
Wow, Miriam Heatley, thanks for taking the time to stop by this fundraising page just to leave a negative comment... Who are you to tell us that we shouldn't care about animals/pets as well as people? Do you honestly think that none of us are supporting human causes as well during this tragedy? Uncalled for...
To Miriam Heatley; I would first like to direct you to two points, thumbs and responsibility. Thumbs because without them knots don't get untied, latches aren't opened, doorknobs don't turn. We have them, pets do not. this then goes to responsibilities. When we opened our heats and homes to our pets, we took on responsibilities to them. That is the reason people donate time and money toward the care and safekeeping of said pets. You should step up and be well rounded in your spreading of generosity to all of God's creatures.
@miriam... and that's why I support animals (as well as humans)... There are no agendas, no malice, no anger no nasty words no jealousy no ridicule just unconditional love and companionship... Animals are family as far as I'm concerned. God bless you and apparently you haven't had a dog like mine.
Miriam Heatley, I lost everything in Katrina so I know how difficult it is for people who are enduring this hardship. Just because kind folks also want to help the suffering animals it does not mean that they do not care about the people who are displaced and hurting and that they are not also contributing to those relief efforts. Maybe you should try opening your heart to the love of an animal. It may help you become a kinder person.
Tried to think of a reasonable response to Miriam Heatley & can't. Karina taught the rescue community many things. I can't imagine the only animals being helped are shelter strays. Many animals have been displaced with people losing their homes. People need to know their animals are also being helped. Besides, it's none of her business where my money goes. People do rescue on a shoe string and with their hearts. They & the animals they are helping deserve help. If it's any of her business, I will also be donating to the Red Cross (assuming they will be involved at some level). Also would like to put in a world for Tangi Humane Society. Donations to them look low & they were asking for such a minimal amount. Any organization who is helping, whether for animals or humans, should be considered -- but be sure the group is legit.
Miriam Heatley - Yes, animals lives do matter! There would be no shelters if people cared for their animals as they do people. People get free shelter, free food, free phones, free medical....what do animals get? Taken to the shelter by irresponsible people to face a horrible death and thrown at the dump. These animals are innocent and face the ultimate horrible death. And if all of these good people want to spend their time and hard earned money on these babies, who are you to say otherwise? Thanks to everyone supporting these shelters and animals.....
Miriam you are a jack a $$ lol.. Humans have MEANS OF EMERGENCY SUPPLIES!! They have shelters, social services, the red cross, ect. Ect.... animals have NO ONE NOR A VOICE TO ASK FOR HELP DU'MAS!! Go swimming sweetheart in the flood waters and trEads water for over 12 hrs and don't yell or screen for help!! THEN you will FEEL like these animals do