Local organizations lend hand to animals stranded along Gulf Coast | SummitDaily.com

Local organizations lend hand to animals stranded along Gulf Coast

Summit Daily/Brad Odekirk Breckenridge visitor Linda Marshall gives a five dollar note to 4-H president Kathie Kralic Monday evening outside of Safeway. Kralic and Pam Brown were volunteering their time to collect funds for animals affected by Hurricane Katrina. Summit County 4-H has teamed up with Safeway and Summit County Animal Control to raise funds for the care of displaced animals from last month's devasting disaster. The Summit County 4-H kids will be collection donations all week from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in front of the Frisco Safeway. Donations of any pet supplies are also being accepted at the animal shelter adjacent the county commons.

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SUMMIT COUNTY – Though human tragedy is the dominant concern among the thousands of aid workers along the Gulf Coast in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the situation of displaced animals is the focus of several local organizations.Summit County 4-H members are raising funds for pets endangered by the hurricane. They will be collecting donations and goods through Friday from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at Safeway in Frisco.

Leashes, pet food, litter bags and food bowls are all welcome at the 4-H table, and will be shipped to Mississippi and Louisiana after the collection period is over. Monetary donations will be sent to the Veterinary Memorial Foundation in Baton Rouge, La., the main local animal rescue group working in the disaster area. Larger professional organizations are also getting involved. The Denver branch of the American Humane Association deployed its Animal Emergency Services rescue rig to the Gulf Coast last week, loaded with pet food and supplies. The mobile unit can serve as both a veterinary clinic and a temporary shelter for endangered animals.

The truck is outfitted with complete living quarters for 12 staff members and a wealth of animal rescue equipment. The organization will remain active in the Gulf region for a minimum of three weeks.

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