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Iowa Flooding Response

July 15, 2008 Thank you to the team

A Note from the Lead Coordinator, Alex Reynolds:

We ended our deployment Saturday, July 12th, at that time we had sixteen dogs and six cats, which were relocated to the Cedar Rapids shelter. When Noah's Wish left there were only three owned dogs left at the shelter site.

The whole team would like to thank Barb and Mel Bryant, who are wonderful people, they opened their home to Noah's Wish volunteers, as well as many displaced animals. Their ranch was the site of the shelter and they were gracious and caring hosts to us all. I want to personally thank them both for being such wonderful people, they are a credit to their community.

I also want to thank the wonderful team I had over the two week period. Gail Monick, the best secretary a Lead Coordinator could hope for, couldn't have done it without you Gail, YOU ROCK! Also, Sandy Eaves, Stacy Rago, Leslie Long, Katherine Rahman, Tanya Patton (who took one for the team in the form of a cat bite), Donna Campbell, Diane Perris, Mary Parker, Amy Maher, Roger Smith and Susan Haraway. Also, thanks to K Weeks for coming on the last day and helping us break down, it was much needed as we were all tired. Donna Ganguet and JoEllen Cimmino are always the best when I need help with anything on site. What a great team! Noah's Wish is back and better and stronger than ever!

Alex Reynolds
Lead Coordinator/Iowa Flood/Keokuk, Iowa

July 14, 2008 7:00am PDT

Deployment ended on Saturday with the closure of the Keokut shelter and
transfer of the remaining animals (sixteen dogs and six cats) to the Cedar
Rapids shelter where they will receive further care. The deployment lasted
two weeks and the community was very pleased with the response from Noah's
Wish. Special thanks to the volunteers that made this operation such a
success: Alex Reynolds, Lead Coordinator Gail Monick, Sandy Eaves, Stacy
Rago, Leslie Long, Katherine Rahman, Tanya Patton, Donna Campbell, Diane
Perris, Mark Parker, Amy Maher, Roger Smith and Susan Haraway. Also, a big
thank you to K.Weeks for driving a great distance just to help break down
the shelter on the last day. Great job everyone!!

July 10, 2008

Shelter is running smoothly. Still on to target to close on Sunday the 13th. Several animals that have not been claimed as yet and may need fostering. Check back for more information.

July 7, 2008

Todays count is 30 dogs and 21 cats being cared for in the shelter. More famililies are now able to pick up their companions with some going home today. The shelter will close on Sunday, July 13th.

Molly, a Lab mix stray, had a large litter of puppies the day after she arrived. She is doing well, and as could be expected, she is being treated as a princess, now getting six to eight walks a day and coaching on her parenting skills. The puppies are also doing well with all this attention. Getting strong and with eyes open, the kiddie wading pool that was home just couldn't keep them in. Now all are happy with their more secure accomodations.

Noah's Wish volunteers are putting to use some of the tricks they learned during hurricane Katrina to keep the animals happy and healthy.

Gail, Molly and Puppies.

July 1, 2008 - Iowa

We had a very busy day today, we were up early to set up more canopies to cover the crates and runs. The runs were delivered at about 9 am, and we immediately started setting those up, as dogs began arriving shortly after that. Crates arrived next, and we spent quite a bit of time setting them up and getting things arranged for the dogs and cats. The cats have a nice area in the barn, with good ventilation and protection from the sun. Several sets of mothers and kittens are settling in nicely along with about 20 individual cats, for a total of 32. 35 dogs are with us now, but hopefully some will be going back home or off to rescue groups soon. We have made arrangements, with help from a group called Noah's Ark, in Fairfield, IA, to make sure at least 13 of the dogs are spayed or neutered before they leave the shelter. Most of today was spent getting everyone settled in and making sure everyone was protected from the elements. The dogs seem happy to be outside, and the cats are very content in the barn.

As reported by Amy Maher, Noah's Wish Coordinator Region 3

Cats Arriving at the Shelter and the Dogs

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