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people ventured out after the hurricane, they started to find vulnerable
animals who had fallen from trees or hunkered down to hide when the hurricane
hit. Full-time animal-rescue work continues, even as the heavy metal
canisters that floated into our parking lot while our street was masquerading
as a river were taken away by men on forklifts and volunteers worked alongside
our Operations crew to clear up all the fiberglass, plaster board, metal pipes,
and whatever else had been blown out from the underside of our building, leaving
it all exposed. We worked, too, to get our Bea Arthur dog park cleaned up for
canine visitors, but our beautiful, solid (well, it used to be solid!) dog deck
buckled and was uprooted and shredded—and, unfortunately, it’s too pricy to
replace. But here's Mr. Jones, the dog who wandered into a fire department at the
tail end of the storm, all decked out in his new harness, inspecting the dog
park before going back to the vet. Thank you to everyone who has been asking
about these dogs―being so old and confused, Mr. Jones touched a lot of hearts.
All day Sunday, the emergency pager went off. At
the crack of dawn, we took in a dying kitten who had been picked up by a kind
ambulance crew; then came two wild bunny babies suffering from exposure and
starvation, followed by calls for help with baby squirrels, most of them found
on the ground and badly injured. Seeing those tree branches shake and twist
most of Saturday and into the night, it was clear that the local squirrel nation
was going to suffer some major casualties. We picked baby squirrels up out of
puddles left by the massive pounding of rain, many of them drowned, some on
their way out of this life. I will spare you the sad pictures. There were
some bright spots, as there always are in search and rescue: Here are two photos.
In the first one, these
three very cold, hungry, wet baby squirrels were found hidden inside the hollow
trunk of a tree by a man who had begun cutting it up because it had fallen onto
his house. It had obviously been
their home, but it had come crashing to the earth in the storm (our soil is
quite sandy and roots are often shallow). A long wait and watch ensued but
no mother was found, so the squirrel babies are now being fed by bottle. PETA
spay/neuter clinic fleet manager Cindy Emmanuel is still without power, but that
didn't stop her from feeding baby squirrels who were found in a wildly swaying
hanging plant squirrel formula all weekend, then getting the basket hung back
up again. Fortunately, their mother came racing back to them!
other photograph is of Victor, who came to us from El Salvador 25 years ago
this month and hasn't stopped working since. He thought cleaning up the debris that
fell off our building would be a good way to celebrate his anniversary—what a great
guy! You can help too. Please consider making a donation that will help with our rescue efforts after Hurricane Irene and beyond.
Written by Ingrid E. Newkirk
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