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Thursday, November 2, 2017

Home Van Pet Care Project News - Fall 2017

After the Storm

Hurricane Irma came with a vengeance, but the pets and their owners at Grace Marketplace/Dignity Village were prepared.  Thanks to Jon DeCarmine, residents with pets were allowed to hunker down in one of the concrete block buildings on the Grace campus. Home Van Pet Care Project provided dog crates and cat carriers as well as plenty of pet food and treats, bowls, extra harnesses and leashes, plastic bags, towels, and kitty litter pans.  HVPCP stayed in constant contact with Grace staff advocate Travis Middleton and others.  Dignity Village resident James H. was a tremendous help in facilitating the setup and communicating with other residents.

Protecting pets during the storm required a huge effort from Grace management, Alachua County Animal Services (ACAS), the Red Cross, and local animal rescue groups.  ACAS and the rescues were able to provide safe places not only for local pets but also for pets of families evacuating to Alachua County from other parts of Florida.  Any pets turned away from emergency shelters as well as lost and stray animals were held at ACAS during the storm.  ACAS is at capacity most of the time, hurricane or not.  We were happy that HVPCP was able to provide housing and carefor the Grace/Dignity pets leaving open spaces for other animals at such a critical time.

Jewel and Bella were among the dogs that sheltered safely at Grace.

A happy ending for Baby Girl

Baby Girl is an emotionally abused pup acquired from two Dignity Village
residents. She was extremely scared and untrusting, for good reason.  Linda
at the Groom Room took her in and worked tirelessly with her for many
months, trying to convince her she was safe and would no longer be
teased and yelled at.

John and Elsie
Even so, Baby Girl was still over-timid and
considered a poor prospect  for adoption
until an extremely patient gentleman named
John came along.  John spent nearly two
hours at the Groom Room gaining the little
dog's trust before getting her into his car.
Baby Girl, now Elsie, is living near Jacksonville
with John and his wife. Living with her new
humans and her new doggie sister Gigi,
another HVPC rescue, Elsie is finally happy.

Please support these local businesses

Many thanks to two wonderful women who provide temporary shelter and TLC to our animals who need it most:  Linda at the The Groom Room (1232 NW 50th Ave, Gainesville, 352-377-8591) and Louise at Sun Kiva Kennel (352-481-3082).  
Patti Carnuccio, proprietor of Patti Can! and carpenter extraordinaire, keeps our cat shelters in good repair and constructed the world's best cat porch complete with cat door and screened runway. 352-562-9382.
Anita Yaguda Kinsey, proprietor of TyTy Computer Services, keeps our computer (that she donated to us) running with great patience and good instruction. 352-222-3815

And even more thanks...

We appreciate every donation and all your kind thoughts. We always need pet food, and primarily use Purina green bag dog food and Purina Friskies Seafood Sensation. Everyone likes canned food, and we use a lot of Mighty Dog as the small cans are just right for a meal, no refrigeration needed. Likewise, the small cans of chicken and fish flavors for the kitties.
We need to start thinking of cooler weather, and of those little soft blankets that are so well loved as well as toys for the holidays. The interactive toys for dogs, where the dog holds one end and person holds the other, are great. We would like to gather some of the foldable water bowls that can be  easily carried while walking. We can always use food bowls and water bowls for both dogs and cats, and collars, leashes and harnesses.
Thank you very much for everything.

Donations can be left at any of these locations:

Sisset's Home & Patio, 3429 W. University Ave., Gainesville, 32607, 352-224-5192
Micanopy Animal Hospital, 306 US-441, Micanopy FL 32667, 352-466-0067
The Groom Room, 1232 NW 50th Ave., Gainesville, 32609 352-377-8591
All Cats Healthcare Clinic, 1034 NW 34th St., Gainesville, 32601 352-376-2287
Financial donations can be made by check payable to Home Van Pet Care Project, Inc., and mailed c/o Elizabeth Howard, P.O. Box 14305, Gainesville FL 32604; or by PayPal on this blog.   For more information or to volunteer, call or text 352-246-2727.

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