Oklahoma tornado: Donations for homeless pets pour in, pets arrive

The plight of the pets from the Oklahoma tornado has hit quite a chord with Chicago-area animal lovers. Donations have been pouring in to various groups that have stepped up to take donations to Oklahoma and assist with the rescue efforts in various ways.

Young At Heart/Best Friends

Best Friends Pet Care with the assistance of Young at Heart Pet Rescue received so many donations for the Oklahoma tornado pet relief, they filled a moving truck and cargo van. The volunteers sorted and loaded the trucks this morning and they headed on their way to Moore, Oklahoma.

PAWS Chicago

PAWS Chicago rounded up donations and pet carriers and hit the road on Friday for the area effected by the Oklahoma tornado. They rescued 76 homeless animals – 51 dogs and 25 cats – that had been in the rescue system prior to the storm. Those animals arrived in Chicago late Saturday night and are currently being vetted. They go up for adoption on Monday.

One Tail at a Time

If you’ve not had a chance to donate for the pet relief efforts for the Oklahoma tornado, you still have time to help One Tail at a Time’s efforts. The group will be heading down on Thursday to help with rescue work. The group hopes to rescue five or more dogs already in the shelter system as well. (See the story on their rescue mission.) Many groups will be leaving the tornado-ravaged area later this week. Therefore, it's important to bring in more volunteers at that time to help.

Cash donations may be made here and you may find out more about the drop off locations here. One Tail at a Time needs collapsible wire crates, cat litter, disposable litter boxes, Accel Disinfectant, towels, hand towels, paper towels, disposable paper food bowls, flea and tick preventative. (No more dog and cat food.)

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