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Kentucky Flood: Animals Evacuated
600 Animals Return To Their Damaged Shelter

Kittens peer from their cage at a temporary shelter at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center in Louisville, KY, Aug. 5, 2009. Dozens of cats and dogs were displaced when floodwaters overtook the animal shelter during heavy rains Aug. 4, 2009. AP Photo/Ed Reinke


8/6/09 ► UPDATE ON KINSHIP CIRCLE AID COORDINATION:
  • Volunteers needed at flood-damaged Louisville Metro Animal Shelter only. Do NOT report to Kentucky State Fair and Exposition Center, which is phasing out.

  • Supplies needed at Louisville Metro Animal Shelter or Feeders Supply locations in Louisville only. Do NOT ship/drop supplies to Kentucky State Fair and Exposition Center.

► ANIMAL AID TIMELINE IN LOUISVILLE, KY FLOOD
  • 8/6/09: Yesterday we alerted you to floods that drowned 10 kittens and one dog in their cages at Louisville Metro Animal Services in Kentucky. Metro Director Giles Meloche, his staff and volunteers transferred some 250 dogs and 300 cats to temporary housing at Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center.

    Today we learned that all displaced animals are returning to the damaged shelter. Our Metro Animal Shelter contact reports: "We are moving animals from the fairgrounds back to the shelter. We need clean-up help at the shelter." Traumatized animals also need comfort.

  • 8/4 to 8/5/09, EVACUATION OF NEARLY 600 FLOOD TRAUMATIZED ANIMALS: Flooding drowned 10 kittens and one dog in their cages at Louisville Metro Animal Services shelter 8/4/09. Director Giles Meloche led a rescue effort and then supervised transfer of about 600 animals to temp shelter at Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center.

    Capt. Wayne Zelinsky, an Animal Services officer, said about 20 people worked frantically to save animals as water rose quickly. "By the time we got to the (second) building, the dogs' heads were the only thing above water," Zelinsky said. Meloche said kittens who drowned were on the floor and couldn't climb above rising water, as their mother did. He wasn't sure of circumstances about the dog found dead.


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8/6/09 ► VOLUNTEERS ON STANDBY TO WORK AT DAMAGED SHELTER: Volunteers now report to the flood-damaged Metro Animal Shelter, NOT the Fairgrounds (as in our 8/5/09 alert). Kentucky area volunteers are especially needed, but out-of-towners can be put to work. If you're interested, send us the information below. Check the Louisville Metro Animal Services website for updates.

  1. **Send information below to both emails**
    info@kinshipcircle.org
    pawsitivedirections@yahoo.com

    • YOUR NAME:
    • YOUR EMAIL:
    • YOUR PHONE:
    • YOUR MAILING ADDRESS:
    • TYPE IN SUBJECT LINE: KY Volunteer

  2. CLICK HERE to register as a Kinship Circle disaster aid volunteer
    • If you submitted your form in the past, please do NOT send it again.
    • We cannot send volunteers unless we have your form on file.

Vickie Mahoney, a volunteer at the shelter six days a week, carried out the last dog from the flooded shelter. She said the animals are like her babies. Shelter flooded, some animals drown. Pam Spauldng, The Courier-Journal

Delsie Williams petted a dog at West Wing Pavilion Fairgrounds, which had become a temporary animal shelter due to flooding at Metro Animal Services. Aaron Borton, The Courier-Journal 8/5/09. Photo below is mid-morning in Louisville, from Joe Wheeler in Germantown.


BACK TO TOP - FIELD NOTES LIST Donations No Longer Accepted At Fairgrounds,
Send Directly To Animal Services


8/6/09 ► DONATIONS/SUPPLIES STILL NEEDED FOR LOUISVILLE SHELTER: Donations are no longer accepted at the Fairgrounds; only the Shelter and Louisville area Feeders Supply locations.

  • MAIL MONETARY DONATIONS TO:
    Louisville Metro Animal Services
    c/o The Animal Care Fund
    3705 Manslick Road; Louisville, KY 40215

  • SUPPLIES: SHIPPING ADDRESS AND SUPPLY DROP-OFF
    LOUISVILLE METRO ANIMAL SERVICES
    3705 Manslick Road
    Louisville, KY 40215-1409

    SUPPLY DROP-OFF ONLY:
    Any Feeders Supply locations in Louisville. Locations: feederssupply.com/Store%20Info/locations.htm

    ITEMS NEEDED FOR METRO ANIMAL SERVICES:
    • Large & XL Crates (largest size wire crates possible)
    • Food of All Kinds
    • Bleach / Dish Detergent
    • Towels / Old Blankets and Comforters
    • Box Fans or Larger Fans
    • Heavy Duty Garbage Bags / Zip Ties
    • Hand Sanitizer
    • Scrub Brushes
    • Chainsaw
    • Weedeater
    • Pressure washer
    • Industrial Style Mops & Buckets
    • Cat Litter (Feline Pine or similiar if possible)
    • Small Cardboard Trays (like for Red Bull, to serve as litter pans)
    • Pet Shampoo / Pet Grooming Supplies / Groomer's Dryer
    • A Digital Camera
    • Stainless Steel Bowls
    • Cardboard
    • Volunteer T-shirts / Food & Drink for Volunteers
    • Donations from local commercial laundry service companies (to wash bedding)
    • Gauze (3x3 & 4x4) / Bandaging Material
    • Rubbing Alcohol / Peroxide
    • Digital Thermometers
    • Distilled Water
    • Computers / Printers
    • General Office Supplies (paper, pens, etc.)
    • Washer and Dryer
    • Refrigerators (2)




Photos of Metro Animal Services Flooded Shelter, from louisvilleky.gov/AnimalServices/floodphotos.htm


BACK TO TOP - FIELD NOTES LIST Kentucky Humane Society Opens Doors To Flood Cats, Dogs

► KENTUCKY HUMANE SOCIETY ADMITTING PETS AT THEIR 2 PET RESORTS: Those in need must call in advance — Eastpoint Pet Resort, 502-253-2221 -OR- Fern Creek Pet Resort, 502-499-1910

The KHS Pet Resorts are accepting phone calls between the hours of 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Walk-ins cannot be permitted due to the limited availability at the KHS locations. Priority will be given to those with financial need.

"Flooding displaced hundreds of local residents. Many are worried about the well-being of their companion animals," said Lori Redmon, KHS President. "We provide temporary shelter and care for their pets, giving them peace of mind as we all weather the aftermath of this natural disaster."


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