IOWA CITY, Iowa (KWWL) — An Iowa City shelter is collecting donations for animals in need as floods devastate the state of Nebraska and western Iowa.
The Iowa City Animal Care and Adoption Center is gathering supplies for the Nebraska Humane Society which right now is rescuing animals left behind and giving supplies to people who lost everything.
The Iowa City shelter knows all too well the wrath flooding has. Its shelter was destroyed during the 2008 floods.
On Thursday afternoon, the shelter asked for donations on its Facebook for people and animals in need. Immediately, people were showing up with items.
“It’s just wonderful to see this kind of outpour within just a couple of hours,” Lisa Bragg, Iowa City Animal Center Program Director, said.
Bragg said it was an employee named Jennifer, and her friend Molly, who wanted to help. She reached out to the Nebraska Humane Society to see what they needed which kicked off this effort.
“We’ve got food coming in. Lots of nice towels because you know it’s going to be a muddy mess out there,” Bragg says next to a growing pile of donations.
Items in need: food for cats and dogs, blankets, towels, metal food tins and kitty litter. They’re also asking for grain, bedding and hay bales to help the larger animals, i.e. horses.
In just a few hours of asking, donations are pouring into the Iowa City Animal Shelter. They’ll be sending a trailer of supplies to Nebraska for animals of the flood victims. ASKING FOR: metal dishes, food for cats/dogs, blankets, towels, kitty litter pic.twitter.com/T8MHBgu86n
— Jalyn Souchek (@JalynSouchekTV) March 21, 2019
“If it was us, if we were in that situation we would want somebody to help us. It’s important that we are a community and we should community support to those in need and I think this is a perfect place to come together to do that,” Bragg said.
Videos pouring out of the Midwest tell the story. People that had to pick up and leave in a hurry and left their animals behind. Then, emergency responders and animal rescue teams from the humane society responding to rescue those animals from flooded homes and property.
“We have an animal rescue team here at the shelter, it’s made up volunteers. We all want to just jump and go and go help but we have to wait to be asked. It just breaks your heart to see what they’re going through and knowing we went through it in 2008,” Bragg said.
Bragg said the shelter’s first-hand experience with flooding makes it that more important for them to help.
“These animals can’t help themselves so it’s really important that we step up and do it,” she said.
Donations can be dropped off at the shelter before March 30th. The shelter is located at 3910 Napoleon Ln in Iowa City.
Bragg reminds people it is important to have an emergency plan in place that involves your animals.