I got a call from one of my favorite puppy buyers, he is the greatest, most responsible 17 year old ever. They live in MISS, and I was thinking about them but I didn't want to bother them during a crisis. Right now he has about 20 dogs with him in a stock trailer pulled by a dually. They are at a hotel for as long as they have reservations. It is expected that they will not have electric (or water) for a month or more. I told them that if they got in a bad situation to drive up here and we would make room. He said they might. I would love to see them again and they are so nice I want to help in any way I can. I just told my husband, and he is okay with it. I can't think of a better way that I could help out.
Thats really nice of you both. When i lived in new zealand there was a huge flood and we had a few people stay with us .. well ok 14 people stay with us. We didnt really know them but they were homeless and had totally lost everything. A year later there all ok now and all have gorgeous houses and have even paid us back for it. Bless them. Hope everyone is ok!
Well, I am in MI, but they truely sounded like they may not know where to go after their hotel reservations ended. Like maybe there were no more hotels after that available. They said that there were about 10 other families at their current hotel in AK with a large amount of horses and dogs. I swear I would invite them all if I had my mothers 35 acre farm, but I just have a little less than 5, and I can't take any more large animals.
This familiy also has horses and other livestock type animals, but they police/national guard are supposed to be careing for them and they aren't allowed back yet. He said 'imagine over a million people in one day that don't have homes or jobs anymore'. Wow, that is so terrible. They ship dogs out of New Orleans, no more not for at least a year, but who knows. I was just glad the family and the dogs made it out okay.
Ali...that is terrific of you to offer to help. From what I hear, there are a lot of people offering to do the same thing...so maybe there's hope for all of the animals. I didn't see that news clip, and glad I didn't - I mean...I know it happens, but I just can't watch it. My heart goes out to all of them.
That's happening a lot where I live at in Southeast AL. There are people who have evacuated everywhere here and a lot of them don't have any money for motels or anything. So, a lot of people have called in to radio stations and left their phone numbers for people who need a place to stay. I've also heard that some people are stranded here b/c gas has gone up. My aunt said that it's $6.00/gal in Atlanta. There are even places that are out of gas around here, and the lines are unbelievable. On the radio they said that a neighboring city (Eufaula, AL) is completely out of gas. At several places there is a limit to how much you can get. In fact, we just came back from filling up our vehicles, and it was awful. And it's way worse the further west you go towards New Orleans and Mississippi.
I hope they take me up on the offer I know it would be a ton of $$ in gas but a stable situation for that # of dogs is important and some are puppies. I can't imagine all the animals and people that have died already.
I am thinking of contacting the humane society or the national boxer rescue. I could probaly take 3-5 boxers in an emergecy, but really up to 8 small dogs if someone like my friend could bring them up this way.
By the way, this brings up another huge factor. EVERYONE needs to be micro-chipping your dogs/cats/horses. Collars come off, micro-chips don't. I imagine it is the only way that ANY of the animals from the hurricane will be reunited with their owners. All of mine are done, and most of my puppies leave w/ them.
Alicat thats so nice of you. I was thinking about all those poor people and theit pets. I just can't imagine going through somthing like that. Thats great that he got out all his animals. I would be in complete panic wondering how to get all my pets out and safe. I couldn't just leave my dogs behind to drown. He's lucky he had a trailer to haul them all. What a nightmare!! My prayers are with them and their animals. I can't help with housing but can send a few $$ to the red cross. ( off all the $$ I make on my puppy mill...( smile) )
I am in Atlanta. I filled up the jeep today (jeep cherokee laredo) for $58. It was $2.89 a gallon, and just hours earlier it was $2.69. There were giant lines out in the street at all the gas stations, and employees were actually directing traffic. It was like something from the Twilight Zone! Had I not been on empty I think I would have paid tomorrow's price to avoid the circus. There were rumors here that gas pumps were going to all be turned off until next wednesday. But the rumors have been confirmed to be untrue. It was crazy.
We have room, actually.. Is there a place where people who need a place are "placing ads," so to speak?
I don't think that anyone has any way of contacting anyone else. It wasn't until my friends were in AK that they had a cell phone connection. People can't even tell you what they need. It is really bad. Then when I tried to call back his cell phone said out of service, so I have some e-mails in to him, I know he has his lap-top. They are really lucky that they have the finances to be staying at the hotel and could get out of there.
I watched a special report and it seems like a disproportionate number of african american people are homeless and stranded on a bridge. It show lots of women with newborns and super small infants that have no water, food, or shelter. Just stuck in the elements, literally on a road. It would make sense that people who maybe didn't have a car and just use public transportation didn't have a way to evacuate quickly.
Now they are in a dire situation. One man jumped off the bridge and killed himself, he was just laying there. Another ladys husband had a heart attack and died yesterday, he was still laying on the road. It is so barbaric what is going on there. As a social worker it is killing me not to try to go down there and do something, anything to help.
i saw that on the news today too about the husband who died and the cops wouldnt stop. it truley is a HORRIBLE situation. it kills me too to not be able to go and help, i have medical, first responder, and pharmacy training so i have to struggle against all my inner instincts to just drop everything and go help.