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When two animal rescues in Houston cried for help recently, the Evergreen Animal Protective League responded in a big way. Rescued Pets Movement and the BARC Animal Shelter in Houston were victims of …
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When two animal rescues in Houston cried for help recently, the Evergreen Animal Protective League responded in a big way.
Rescued Pets Movement and the BARC Animal Shelter in Houston were victims of the frigid weather that Texas experienced recently. With leaking pipes, little available water, damage to foster homes, no heat or electricity, and more, the shelter and rescue were in dire straits.
The Houston rescues, which regularly send animals to Colorado for adoption rather than euthanizing them, reached out to several animal rescues in Colorado, and EAPL volunteers stepped up.
They divided up the list of needs and scoured Walmart, Home Depot, Staples, Chow Down and the EAPL thrift shop to collect items. EAPL filled a large van and a vehicle with water — which was the most needed item — animal beds, food, litter, cleaning supplies, flashlights, paper towels and plumbing supplies.
“When our rescue partners tell us, `Our pipes burst, we have no heat, our foster dogs are being held above the water in our arms,’ you help,” said EAPL volunteer Cathleen Timmons.
Jackie Bell, EAPL president, said she believes the Texas rescues knew EAPL would help.
“We asked them for a list of what they needed,” she said, “and we filled it. The shelter was in big trouble.”
BARC Animal Shelter can hold up to 800 animals, and Rescued Pets Movement is fostering 350 animals.
In an email to EAPL, RPM volunteers expressed their gratitude.
“The water will last us until plumbers can make it to houses and begin repairs, but what you sent has such a longer lasting effect on us,” the email said. “You sent compassion, empathy, reassurance ... and hope. Hope not only for our own lives but for the future of every last unwanted animal on our streets.”
Timmons said EAPL, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, is known for helping out where the need is greatest, and she saw photos of the mounds of supplies sent by Colorado rescue organizations.
“It overwhelms me to see how much we all chipped in to help,” she said. “It’s an amazing thing we did for these people.”
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