Gateway Pet Guardians is taking in dogs and cats from St. Clair County Animal Shelter, which suffered flooding on Tuesday, forcing animals to be evacuated.
EAST ST. LOUIS, Illinois – An animal shelter in East St. Louis asks for help taking in foster families from a flooded animal shelter in St. Clair County.
A Facebook video posted by Gateway Pet Guardians shows dogs standing in water at their kennels at St. Clair County Animal Shelter, with workers trying to get dogs out of the kennels.
A message accompanying the shelter’s video urges anyone who can take dogs and cats from Gateway Pet Guardians, so Gateway Pet Guardians can help take dogs and cats from St. Clair County Animal Shelter.
“We are looking for foster families who want to get dogs or cats from our shelter TODAY so we can help take in as many dogs as possible!” said the message.
The post said the shelter specifically needs people to take medium to large dogs, weighing between 45 and 65 pounds.
Donations for supplies were also requested so that crates and other supplies could be purchased to help the pets.
In a press release from Gateway Pet Guardians, director of Community Programming, Jill Henke said:
“We’re waiting for the pet stores to open so we can buy much-needed supplies, so donations are desperately needed to help us cover the cost of these supplies,” Henke said.
Supplies needed include large wire crates, litter boxes, soft treats, and metal bowls.
“We need people who want to take in a dog or cat for at least 1 week,” Henke said in the press release.
“Our shelter was at maximum capacity before this flood, so the only way we can help these animals is by finding foster homes for them,” Henke said in the press release.
Photos: Historic Rainfall Causes Significant Flooding in the St. Louis Area
The release said emergency shelters were being set up at Gateway Pet’s library and foster parents could pick up dogs and cats from Gateway Pet Guardians or volunteer from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Click here to donate to Gateway Pet Guardians.
Click here to apply to become a foster family. No experience is needed to nurture.
St. Louis and East St. Louis experienced historic rainfall on Tuesday, causing flash flooding in many areas of St. Louis and Illinois.
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