For an area already dealing with a host of homeless pets, dog fighting issues and the lack of spayed and neutered pets, being hit with a devastating tornado just amplified the situation for animal welfare advocates and rescuers in Alabama.
“It looks like a movie set,” Kimberly Gentry, of the Alabama SPCA told Tails Magazine yesterday. “It doesn’t feel real. We’re pulling dogs and cats everyday. There are all kinds of dogs and cats wondering around.”
When the tornado hit you didn’t immediately see the animals afterward, she explained, but little-by-little, “they’re coming out.”
“We will grab as many as we can and take them to a shelter and get them into a foster home, but we were dealing with a large number of homeless and stray animals to begin with, so everything is amplified,” Gentry said.
Last week powerful tornadoes whipped through the south leaving people, and their pets not only separated, but also homeless. The grassroots effort to help those impacted has been heartwarming.
People are taking in animals they see wondering the streets and posting pictures and information to central Facebook pages, like Animals Lost & Found from the Tornadoes in Alabama on 4/27/11.
Rescuers fear that as national attention shifts away from the tornadoes, it will be when they need the most help.
“As sites are cleared and we get get into more of the rural area, we are going to see a lot more (animals) come out of hiding that are going to be starving,” she told Tails. “We are not going to give up, because they (the animals) need us more than ever.”
We are getting updates almost daily from the Alabama SPCA and will sharing them with our readers here, as well as on our Facebook page. To see more photos, visit the Facebook album we have set up, featuring photos from the Alabama SPCA. We will be updating it as we receive more photos. They are also uploading short videos of the rescue efforts on their YouTube page. This post is also linked to The Saturday Pet Blog Hop to help bring more attention to the Alabama SPCA’s efforts.