Ball State University students assist in animal rescue
Mar 29, 2011
Following the collapse of the Animal Rescue Fund (ARF) in Muncie Indiana, due to severe flooding, students at the nearby Ball State University (BSU) rallied and offered temporary foster homes to many of the dogs and cats, according to the campus newspaper, BSU Daily News.
"Sometimes it takes a disaster like this to realize how much you are loved in the community, and I am so thankful," Phil Peckinpaugh, the executive director of the Animal Rescue Fund, told the news source.
More than 100 animals were rescued, sent to veterinary care and finally placed in foster care.
One example of campus support for the animal rescue effort was an email sent by Sheri Niekamp, a communications graduate student.
"[Flood] rain has placed ARF under 5 feet of water, destroying the food supply and placing the animals in dire need of foster homes," wrote Niekamp in an email to rally other students.
The Animal Rescue Fund's employees contributed greatly to the rescue effort, according to The Indy Channel. They were able to save the animals by using a boat.