It was almost a decade ago, but it was a day that Gwen Cooper — and every other American alive on that day — will never forget: September 11, 2001. At the time, Gwen lived near Ground Zero, and it was days before she was allowed to come home. That was awful enough for her, not knowing whether she actually had a home to return to, but the agonizing part was not knowing the fate of her three cats, including Homer, who was blind. Happily, Gwen was finally allowed back into her apartment and found her cats safe, but the trauma of those days has always stuck with her. In fact, it is one of the most gripping parts of her best-selling book, Homer’s Odyssey. So no wonder the recent devastating tornadoes in the south have resonated with her.
Tuscaloosa County suffered severe devastation, and it is not only humans who are victims. There are many hundreds of lost and injured pets and farm animals that need attention. This is not a petty thing; somewhere out there are humans who have lost everything and could use the comfort of holding their cat close… except they have no idea where she is. Without medical attention, a horse might die and its rotting corpse become a breeding ground for disease. Animals that are lost and hurt are a human problem too.
Sadly, most of the veterinary clinics in Tuscaloosa became victims of the tornadoes too. But there is one that is still open, and right now, its vets are working overtime and then some: Canant Veterinary Hospital. Drs. Canant and Bronold desperately need funds for the medicine and supplies they will need to take care of the pets who are victims of the tornadoes, and they also need money to share with the shelters who are housing the lost and sick.
Gwen has created a ChipIn page for Canant Veterinary Hospital and I hope you will give something. So many of you helped the Japanese animals in the wake of the earthquake and tsunami; can you reach just a little more deeply into your pockets to help the tornado victims here in the U.S.?
I will be running the widget on my blog for the month of May. If you would like to give directly to Canant Veterinary Hospital, the address is:
Canant Veterinary Hospital
1100 Rice Valley Road North
Tuscaloosa, AL 35406
Right now there are humans in Alabama that are wondering if there is any help available for their injured pets, and they would really appreciate your help!