Thursday, September 29, 2011
Sunday, September 25, 2011
Friday, September 9, 2011
SDF responded, providing 13 teams—a third of the FEMA advanced-certified canine search teams deployed at Ground Zero. The deployment posed the most challenging search environment our teams had yet faced, but their high-level training proved to be invaluable under the difficult conditions.There were reports of non-SDF dogs being injured during the search at Ground Zero with burned or cut paws. Not one of the Foundation's FEMA Certified dogs was injured. Why? Because of the SDF dogs’ arduous, ongoing field training. Our dogs' paws could withstand the irregular, shifting surface of the rubble pile because they work weekly on rubble, all year round, which prepares their paws for rough conditions. Also, the dogs and handlers knew how to avoid dangerous spots, because they'd done it all in training.
It is heartwarming to know that many of the SDF dogs that worked at the World Trade Center were themselves rescued. Professional training brought them to a high level of proficiency, so that they were prepared for this type of deployment.
We have been asked frequently what items we are in need of to help the animals of Bastrop. Here is a list!
- Flexible vet wrap, 1-2” widths
- Gauze bandages
- Gauze pads, 2”x2”
- Non-Stick, sterile pads, all sizes
- EZ Cheese for medicating dogs (yes, what you get at the grocery store and generic is fine)
- Disposable puppy pads
- Stainless steel food bowls
- Stainless steel litter pans (food grade steam trays)
- Disposable litter pans
- Yesterday's News cat litter (available online or in pet stores)
- Organix dog and cat food (found online or pet stores)
- Precise dog and cat food (found online or in pet stores)
- Nature's Select dog and cat food (available online)
- Nightlights (unscented)
- Clavamox tabs (all sizes)
- Clavamox liquid
- Telfa or non-stick pads
- Cast padding
- Elastikon tape
- Silver sulfadiazine cream
- Gift cards to: Petsmart, Petco, Tomlinsons and Sams Club
- Monetary donations
Many of these items can be purchased at amazon.com and mailed to us. We need these items as soon as possible, so if your purchase them, please send them quickly if you can. Our shipping address is:
ATTN: Animal Care Dept, 124 West Anderson Lane, Austin, TX 78752
To drop items off, bring them to 124 West Andereson Lane, Austin, TX 78752. You can leave them under the sign on the wall saying "Donations" or leave them inside with administrative staff.
"Dad, we're going to die," the 17-year-old screamed over the phone to his father.
Perez and his sister, Amy Chagoya, who has limited mobility, made it out of their Bastrop County home . But like many other evacuees, the family pets went missing in the chaos.
Chagoya cradled her beloved terrier-Chihuahua mix, Tigger, until heat from the fire got so hot that Chagoya, who suffered second- and third-degree burns to her arms, had to let go.
On Friday, Chagoya got Tigger back, and it was hard to tell who was more excited.
"He's Amy's baby," her mother, Julie Perez, said at the Austin Human Society's shelter, where dozens of recovered pets were taken to be treated for injuries and boarded. "Yup, that's him. He's making that noise."