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Snow and falling tree limbs hurt shelters

Two more animal shelters will receive extra help from following Superstorm Sandy. Both groups located in West Virigina suffered damage due to heavy snow fall and winds.

Two feet of wet, heavy snow that collapsed kennel roofs and a storage shed at Animal Friends of Barbour County, as well as bringing down trees on their property. Ten days without power in the area reduced the group's ability to move the animals into volunteers' homes, as many of them were also without heat of light.

"We used blankets donated by people to try to provide warmth for the animals," wrote Carol Talbot, the nonprofit's president. Eventually, the group was able to arrange the transportation of their animals to safety.

But the resulting mess has left this group in tough financial straits, needing to make multiple repairs as well as respond to calls for help in their community. "We are a small, no-kill shelter in rural West Virginia," Talbot concluded. "Our goal is to save the unwanted dogs and cats of Barbour County. We would be thrilled to have your help to help us accomplish a monumental task." 

A grant of approximately $4,000 will help them buy building supplies necessary to make their kennels safe and let them get back into business of saving as many animals as possible.

For Animal Control & Welfare Project in Hinton, WV, a falling tree limb crashed through the window of their only van, leaving them without transportation to the vet and other essentials. They didn't need much, less than $1,000, they said, to get the window repaired and back on the road helping others.

Both groups will get their needed repairs done due to help from the Superstorm Sandy Gift That Gives More [tm] featured on The Animal Rescue Site.

Photo: Cats at Barbour County are given shots before being moved to a new location following Superstorm Sandy. Read about this trip made possible by dozens of volunteers and other rescue groups on the Barbour County website.

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