By LEANN McCOY
A temporary emergency shelter for animals displaced by the ongoing floods has been set up at 2838 Sunset Drive, one mile west of Interstate 55.
According to Hope Animal Sanctuary Director Doll Stanley, the In Defense of Animals (IDA) Disaster Response Team began accepting animals yesterday at the warehouse located between the U.S. Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks office and C and R Transmissions.
“The IDA shelter can accommodate approximately 60 to 100 animals,” she said. “We intend to operate this emergency shelter for one month.”
IDA organized the effort after learning there were only three emergency shelters for animals in Mississippi in response of the disaster, said Stanley.
“We will have agreements with guardians entrusting their animals to us to either reunite them within the month, or to place them for adoption,” she said.
If the IDA shelter fills to capacity, the nearest alternate shelter is located at 404 Third Street in Cleveland, according to Stanley.
“The Animal Medical Clinic is opening its kennel area for this purpose, and the Bolivar County Humane Society will provide care for the animals,” she said. “IDA is encouraging interested volunteers to contact Hope Animal Sanctuary to learn how to join the state-sponsored Mississippi Animal Response Team for the training required to participate in disaster response.”
Supplies are also needed for cleaning, medicating and feeding, as well as fuel for transport and to operate a generator at the site, Stanley said.
For more information or to help, contact Stanley at 809-4483, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
To make a monetary donation, send a check or money order to Hope Animal Sanctuary/In Defense of Animals, 52 County Road 341, Grenada, Miss. 38901.