Storms also disrupted lives of pets
by Elsie Hodnett
May 07, 2011 | 1376 views |  0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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PELL CITY — Last week’s storms disrupted the lives of many people — and their pets.

“The animal shelter is trying to reunite several dogs with their owners,” Pell City photographer Wally Bromberg said. “I just want to help.”

Bromberg went to the Animal Shelter of Pell City Inc. Friday and photographed the dogs, creating a poster that can be placed around St. Clair County, as well as on the Internet.

“These are all dogs brought in since the storm,” he said. “These dogs are obviously loved pets.”

Bromberg said hopefully residents will see the poster and recognize their pet, or a neighbor’s pet, and provide the information to the shelter. The pictures have the animal shelter’s identification number to help match caller’s information with the correct dog.

Michelle Knight, kennel assistant at the Animal Shelter of Pell City Inc., said there are currently nine dogs at the ASPCI believed to be “storm dogs.”

“These were dogs brought in, some from the Shoal Creek Valley area, but not all were from there,” she said. “We are holding them at the shelter longer than normal so we can try and locate the owners. We are also posting the pictures on Facebook and Petfinder.”

Knight said if the owners do not claim their dogs, and the dogs pass behavioral testing, the dogs will be available for adoption.

The “storm dogs” currently at the ASPCI include:

• Animal ID 18392 is a 7-year-old male cocker spaniel mix, blond, and is neutered. He was brought to the shelter May 2 and will be available May 16.

• Animal ID 18393 is a 1-year-old male hound mix, white with black. He was brought to the shelter April 30 and will be available May 14.

• Animal ID 18394 is a 6-month-old male golden retriever mix, gold. He was brought to the shelter April 30 and will be available May 14.

• Animal ID 18434 is a 4-month-old male Siberian husky mix, black and brown with white, with one brown eye and one blue eye. He was brought to the shelter May 3 and will be available May 17.

• Animal ID 18435 is a 4-month-old male hound mix, brown. He was brought to the shelter May 3 and will be available May 17.

• Animal ID 18436 is a 2-year-old female terrier mix, black and brown with white, and has five puppies. She was brought to the shelter May 3 and will be available May 17.

• Animal ID 18442 is a 2-year-old male terrier mix, black and brown with white. He was brought to the shelter May 3 and will be available May 17.

• Animal ID 18477 is a 2-year-old female terrier mix, white with gold ears. She was brought to the shelter May 3 and will be available May 17.

• Animal ID 18483 is a 1-year-old male Australian shepherd mix, black with white and brown markings. He was brought to the shelter May 5 and will be available May 19.

Anyone with information about the “storm dogs” is asked to call the Animal Shelter of Pell City at 205-814-1567.

ASPCI shelter manager Pat Martin said donations are also needed.

“We can use any kind of dog and cat food, and also horse feed and square hay bales,” she said. “We can also use crates, wire and plastic, and cat litter.”

Other donation needs include cleaning supplies, towels, blankets, bleach and monetary donations.

Martin said the ASPCI is providing assistance to storm victims.

“If someone has been displaced by the storm, let us know and we can try to help find temporary housing for pets,” she said.

Martin said several shelter volunteers have offered to foster dogs and cats temporarily, while storm victims work out housing issues.

She said if anyone is interested in helping foster dogs or cats please call the ASPCI. Volunteers are also needed to help walk the dogs and with cleaning and other shelter needs.

For more information call the Animal Shelter of Pell City Inc. at 205-814-1567.

Contact Elsie Hodnett at ehodnett@dailyhome.com.

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