Tuesday, March 1, 2011


Last week I received an email for Sarena from Morrow County Dog Shelter. She had a cute little JRT there that was picked up as a stray on Feb 15. She couldn't believe he hadn't been adopted yet. She asked if I had room, I do and I don't but said I would take him. It was just a matter of when and how to get him.

To make a very long story short. I was able to connect with Chris, this women who works in Columbus area during the week but lives near me. She can ofter pick up dogs along her route home and bring them to me on Friday's after she gets off work.

Ok, so perfect I will get Cooper is his name on Friday.

Then I received the following email:

Dear Friends,

Last night, Ohio suffered some terrible thunderstorms. This, on top of recent snowfall created the perfect storm for tragedy in the form of flooding. Morrow Co Dog Shelter in rural Mt. Gilead did not escape the tragedy. Apparently, the shelter sits on flood-risk area. This small shelter can only house about 23 dogs. It is as bare bones as you can get. When the Dog Warden arrived at the shelter today, she knew it was bad news. Waters flooded out far from the shelter - so much so a boat was brought in to reach the shelter.

Sadly, 3 small dogs did not survive the floods. 19 made it out. I cannot even begin to fathom the sheer terror these dogs went thru until their rescue. The shelter is uninhabitable at this point. The dogs are being kept temporarily at a Good Sam's building. The Dog Warden urgently would love to place the dogs into rescue, temp foster homes or forever homes. If there are ever dogs deserving of second chances, it would be these 19.

My rescue, Mid-Ohio Animal Welfare League, is small, and we have limited funds...but we cannot turn our backs on animals in need. We have met many of these dogs. We have fallen in love with them. Less than 2 weeks ago, we rescued a senior beagle named Bee from this very shelter. These dogs are worthy of our help - all of our help. If you are a rescue, please consider helping one of these dogs. Transport & vetting are available. If you would be interested in fostering a dog for us & live near Mansfield, OH - please contact me. If you can temporarily foster for the Dog Shelter, you can contact the Dog Shelter directly. Their Petfinder site is: http://www.petfinder.com/shelters/OH395.html

The Dog Warden said monetary donations can be made at any Chase Bank in their name: Morrow Co Dog Shelter.

I didn't really sleep last night and his eyes are haunting me.... little Cooper died. I blame myself for not getting him this weekend....


Roberta @ Silverwalk said...

Oh, I wept. No one foresaw this flood and tragedy. I am impressed at the rescue effort mounted for the dogs who survived and are now in rescue. Be at peace, Cooper - you were wanted and are now with your Creator.

House of the Discarded said...

Oh no!!! What an awful tragedy.

Nadine, Chewy and Lilibell said...

That's so very, very sad. Rhode Island had statewide flooding last spring (very unusual for us) and an animal shelter in Warwick got flooded, luckily they were able to evacuate the animals before a tragedy happened.

Don't beat yourself up over this, there was no way you could've foreseen this tragedy.