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Sat, Mar 28 | By Amy Lieberman | 164

FARGO, N.D. -- With the threat of severe flooding overtaking Fargo, regional pet owners and shelters alike are scrambling to ensure their animals' safety. Evacuations across the 92,000-population city were underway Friday morning… more ›

Flood Shelters Set Up for Dakota Animals
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Stephanie
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Stephanie
5 years ago

I hope everyone, people and pets, come out okay at the end of all this.

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Tamara W.
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Tamara W.
5 years ago

Fortunately my pets are home again, and re-adjusting. Once again though I am thankful for these people who made this shelter, and others taking in pets. If not for them I would have been forced to leave them (though I would rather drown than do it, and probably would have stayed and risked it) These people are wonderful, and I am just giving extra love to the babies until they are better from this.

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Bonnie K.
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Bonnie K.
5 years ago

This is hard on people and even worse for pets as they have no idea what is happening.

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
4 years ago

bonnie that is right they need all the help they can get since we have made them so dependent on us

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Tamara W.
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Tamara W.
5 years ago

It is heartbreaking. I love my Tigger and Jasper, and both had to go. Jasper my rat is still with a volunteer's home in a safe zone, due to the second crest coming. Tigger is home with me now, but we may be forced to evacuate again. It is stressful as can be for me being here now, and I can imagine what the babies are going through. Tigger has been gagging a lot lately like he is gonna puke, he works himself up so bad he gets sick from all the stuff going on. I hope he calms down, but thank god for good people willing to help in a disaster. I wouldn't leave without my pets, I would rather face the river than a life knowing I didn't save my baby or try to! Say prayers for these animals and people!

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Kadiquilts
5 years ago

It must be devastasing to leave one's pet because of a natural disaster! We've had flooding in Missouri, too, and I know lots of harding-working volunteers met the challenge of helping others to care for their pets until they could go home again.

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Tamara W.
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Tamara W.
5 years ago

They were so sweet to my cat Tigger when I was forced from my home. I cried like a baby, and I am scared we may have to evacuate again thanks to the horrible new crest prediction. I just pray they will still be able to take my baby boy if I can't bring him with me, or find a hotel I can afford. These volunteers helping the animals are so special, and I love them for doing this. My cat was terrified being forced into a carrier and dragged for an hour in a car while we packed up things and tried to find places for my rat. They put him in a comfy area for him, and gave him treats and a toy, and loved on him. These people truly love the animals and I wish I could someday repay them. I just hope they reopen if need be. They minimized the stress on him as much as they could, and he was safe and okay when I picked him up. Pray for us all in this area, we are bracing for round 2, which is supposed to be worse than the first round. Pray the animals and people stay safe and beat this flood. I will keep you posted on us :)

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Jennifer
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Jennifer
5 years ago

I hope that things are going well with you and your pets. I can not imagine what you are experiencing- thank goodness for kind people to help out!

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Mmffcp
5 years ago

I live just north of Fargo and it's great to hear all the people coming together to help out the animals as well as the people.That even the zoo is helping out people with animals that the humane society isn't designed to handle. It's an awful time up here with the river flooding but at least there are kind people to help out the people who need it the most.

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Kavykeeper
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Kavykeeper
5 years ago

After Katrina, you'd think that they would have had a state or federal plan in place in this kind of emergency to save the animals. I don't know how anyone can recover from the loss of their herd of farm animals, plus the damage to their property.

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RemarkablySpecial
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RemarkablySpecial
5 years ago

Here's a great site if you want to be prepared for a disaster and know what you need to do regarding your pets:

www.fema.gov/plan/prepare/animals.shtm

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Kelly  P.
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Kelly P.
5 years ago

i hope people will bring there pets.

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
5 years ago

this is a wonderful thing for the zoo to do. i know that most of them are on tight budgets. it is wonderful how people work together during times of tragedy

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Lherbertson
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Lherbertson
5 years ago

Here's hoping human and animal alike may go home soon.

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Linda C.
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Linda C.
5 years ago

Great to see people working together for the benefit of all - humans and animals. Hopefully, the waters will recede soon!

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lorraine B.
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lorraine B.
5 years ago

great to see people working together to help animals.

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Linda B.
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Linda B.
5 years ago

I'm glad the animals haven't been forgotten in all this.

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tracey c.
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tracey c.
5 years ago

Let's hope all this hard work keeps people and animals safe!!!

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Linda
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Linda
5 years ago

The shelter that is assisting the Red River State Fair Grounds rescue site, www.f-mhumanesociety.org/ is up and running. I know because the shelter manager called me yesterday in response to the message I had left that the donation I was trying to make, was having a reject message. She was happy to report that the river is subsiding, but they were still be blanketed by a snow storm: they're not out of trouble yet. As of yesterday, 80 dogs were at the fair grounds, horses & cats. She confirmed my donations, as she "was going through the pile of donations". Pile, yes. It was wonderful to hear. Good rescue effort everyone. Thought you'd enjoy the update.

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Peg L.
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Peg L.
5 years ago

Glad they have the time to prepare for this. Our floods in Iowa were bad, but at least it wasn't freezing outside at the time.

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RemarkablySpecial
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RemarkablySpecial
5 years ago

I'm glad to see that communities are getting better organized with regards to handling pets and livestock during disasters. After a number of floods in one area of our county they did a lot of work to make sure they are ready for the next time.

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Denise H.
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Denise H.
5 years ago

I'm in North Texas. I know it's far away, but I have a pasture with 3 horses and an extra bedroom. We have 3 dogs so I'm good in that department too. All are welcome.

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Erica M.
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Erica M.
5 years ago

My thoughts are with the people there.

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Denise L.
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Denise L.
5 years ago

More than glad to see that people are considering the animals too, as EVERY being is affected by crises such as this one. Praying that all will be well & that the flooding stops soon!

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Jean P.
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Jean P.
5 years ago

Your thoughts are with ya good look to all.

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Diane C.
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Diane C.
5 years ago

I am praying for everyone in that region. Glad to see people working together to help the animals.

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Traci B.
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Traci B.
5 years ago

Praying for everyone and their animals.

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KELLY W.
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KELLY W.
5 years ago

It is great to see people care and want to help in times of need.

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Jodi S.
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Jodi S.
5 years ago

How uplifting to read how the community is pulling together to help both animals and humans alike! Without the efforts to provide safe places for companion animals, many people would risk their lives staying behind rather than abandon their pets.

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Stacy H.
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Stacy H.
5 years ago

Isn't it nice to see our country finally getting it when it comes to our pets. The cold weather must be really making things so much harder.

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Carol L.
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Carol L.
5 years ago

All of the people and animals in Fargo are in my prayers, I certainly hope the flooding is not as bad as they had expected it to be.. Wishing you ALL the best..

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Gail
5 years ago

We are facing a blizzard today and tomorrow, hope we don't get as much snow as they are predicting, we need to be able to get to the animals at our shelter, we have taken in many extra flood evacuated cats at PAAWS that need us to be able to care for them. Getting around with all the snow is difficult with the additional problems of road closures due to the dikes.

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AXNellie
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AXNellie
5 years ago

See? There really are angels here with us on this earth...

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brielle v.
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brielle v.
5 years ago

Love this! It is so sad what happened to so many families and their animals in Katrina. I am so glad there are caretakers out there volunteering to watch the animals.

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Julie M.
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Julie M.
5 years ago

It's great to see everyone making a point to provide safe haven for pets. It will be such a relief for the people dealing with such a horrible situation to at least know their animals are safe and being cared for. Better to be safe and proactive!

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Meryl O.
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Meryl O.
5 years ago

It takes so much stress away when you know your animals can be safe and well cared for.

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Kris
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Kris
5 years ago

Very true. It allows people to avoid risking their own lives to stay with their animals.

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Kearsten C.
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Kearsten C.
5 years ago

I am so excited to hear that these shelters were created...i hope even more are created! Its so nice to see people truelly caring for animals which are more than often part of families, the only problem they are disregarded as family members during evacuation(due to the fact they are forced to be left behind) thank you so much to all of you who help out with the shelters..its wonderful to hear of people who truelly care

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Leslieanne S C.
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Leslieanne S C.
5 years ago

It's great to see such communities/people coming together in their time of need! Keeping everyone and all animals there in our thoughts and prayers..

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Gail
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Gail
5 years ago

The community of FARGO/MOORHEAD and the surrounding area is and AMAZING place to live, with a population of just under 100,000 people in fargo and under 35,000 in Moorhead, and being a college community that has 3 Universities, we have seen the residents come together and fight mother nature with grace and dignity. Not only have we taken care of the people of our community but we have had the foresight to care for the displaced animals. I am proud to be associated with MINN-KOTA PAAWS who placed 15th in the ZOOTOO Shelter Makeover contest and was one of the FIRST to open its doors to the families who were evacuating and needed a place to house their cats. Our landlord generously opened up several additional rooms for us to use to house these animals during this crisis so families could safely evacuate without having to worry about the safety of their pets. Kudos to PAAWS and it's volunteers once again stepping up to the plate and not only caring for the animals that are currently being sheltered at our facility at PAAWS but also to our great volunteers who are helping out at the Red River Valley Fairgrounds with the FM Humane Societys effort. Other places such as the Mutt-Hutt in Moorhead also has taken in some flood animals. Thank you to ALL of the local shelters who are housing displaced animals during this difficult time.

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Kris
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Kris
5 years ago

Very well said. Kudos to PAAWS and all those helping during this crisis.

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Gail
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Gail
5 years ago

Thanks Kris, I just want some of the smaller shelters to get their credit also, they have been awesome, and sometimes don't get the credit they so deserve, they don't have the funds or donations to fund these efforts, yet that does not stop them from taking on these tasks at their own expense, hopefully some recognition will go their way also.

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Kris
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Kris
5 years ago

You are so right. They deserve a lot of credit for all they accomplish.

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ChefCharolette
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ChefCharolette
5 years ago

I wanted to let you all in Fargo and surrounding affected areas know that we in Boonville, MO are thinking and praying for you guys! Hang in there and keep up a good spirit. The waters always recede and a new life is uncovered!

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maria h.
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maria h.
5 years ago

I'm glad that there will be places for the animals to go should there be more flooding.It's a shame that some of the farm animals were lost.

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Kelly M.
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Kelly M.
5 years ago

I feel bad for people who have lost their pets.

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Rhonda T.
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Rhonda T.
5 years ago

It is amazing how people work together when there is a tragedy or disaster.

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Joyce
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Joyce
5 years ago

I agree, that's the wonderful in this crisis

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GuineaPig
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GuineaPig
5 years ago

I am glad they are opening shelters. I have guinea pigs, frogs, hermit crabs, dogs, lizards etc.

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BDougher
5 years ago

That is a horrifying situation.
I feel very sad about the animals that are already lost. I feel so sad for the people that lost them too.
I do hope there are no more casualties, and it is so great of the organizations that are doing their best to save them.

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Peggy W.
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Peggy W.
5 years ago

I called and got the address info for money donations for this cause:

SM Humane Society
1201 28th Avenue North
Fargo, ND 58102
Hope this helps.

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sandy h.
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sandy h.
5 years ago

Hi Peggy, I think it should be FM Humane Society for Fargo/Moorhead.
Thanks

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Kris
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Kris
5 years ago

Thanks for sharing this information; they are going to need all the help they can get.

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Jean L.
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Jean L.
5 years ago

Pets are people too! It's so great that they are not being forgotten, especially since they have no idea of what is going on and how to save themselves.

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Jackie L.
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Jackie L.
5 years ago

I just came back from the main emergency animal shelter which is set up in a building at the West Fargo fair grounds. They are doing a wonderful job of caring for these littlest flood refugees. We did a run for certain supplies and thing they needed and some of the Paaws volunteers (where I volunteer) are going to volunteer in the morning when they need help the most. There are also some animal related businesses who have opened their doors to shelter flood pets and Minn-Kota Paaws who has taken in extra cats. Thanks to our building manager who opened up some extra offices for us to use. Thanks also to all the volunteers, The Humane Society, Adopt a pet and the other businesses and organizations who are stepping up to give free supplies, food, litter and the things that are needed. This is a wonderful community who is doing their best for the pets and people. My heart goes out though to the farm animals and wild animals that are caught in this flood. Just heart breaking. Please everyone, keep us in your thoughts and prayers.

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Melanie
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Melanie
5 years ago

It's great Jackie that you are able to help with this cause.....we're all those crazy cat ladies!

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Kris
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Kris
5 years ago

You and the people in your area and all the animals will definitely be in my thoughts and prayers. Kudos to you for volunteering both during this crisis and throughout the year.

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Peggy W.
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Peggy W.
5 years ago

This is admirable! I'm going to call to see how I can donate some money to this cause. The animals really DO have friends!

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Evelync
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Evelync
5 years ago

Animals need our help also

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Cindy C.
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Cindy C.
5 years ago

Hope it all works out.

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norap p.
5 years ago

It comes as no surprise that everyone in the Fargo area is pulling together. Arrangements for evacuating with pets are so much better in the aftermath of Katrina. Hang in there folks and know that all of your friends in the animal sheltering community across the country stand ready to help in whatever ways we can. We'll keep you in our prayers.

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debbie l.
5 years ago

Our thoughts and prayers are with all the people and pets. God Bless all!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Gail
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Gail
5 years ago

The community of FARGO/MOORHEAD and the surrounding area is and AMAZING place to live, with a population of just under 100,000 people in fargo and under 35,000 in Moorhead, and being a college community that has 3 Universities, we have seen the residents come together and fight mother nature with grace and dignity. Not only have we taken care of the people of our community but we have had the foresight to care for the displaced animals. I am proud to be associated with MINN-KOTA PAAWS who placed 15th in the ZOOTOO Shelter Makeover contest and was one of the FIRST to open its doors to the families who were evacuating and needed a place to house their cats. Our landlord generously opened up several additional rooms for us to use to house these animals during this crisis so families could safely evacuate without having to worry about the safety of their pets. Kudos to PAAWS and it's volunteers once again stepping up to the plate.

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