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. HomeVanPetCareProject 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.
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.
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.
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 text352-246-2727.