September 12th, 2012
By Linda Bak, RedRover Development Manager
Holy cow, this is hard work. I knew it would be. This is my first deployment, and so far I’ve spent two incredibly long hard days taking care of animals, and two nights sleeping on a cot at the animal shelter in a room with a pet snake. Yes, a pet snake named Smiley.
|Home sweet home with Smiley the snake|
Shortly after, Lori and four other volunteers from Rescue Ranch trained and joined the RedRover Responders volunteer corps. While teaching a summer camp for kids at the ranch, she taught them about the importance of having an evacuation plan for their family and their pets. She and others distributed RedRover’s disaster preparedness brochures and talked to everyone they could about the importance of including animals in disaster plans. She was even given an award by the Sheriff’s department for her outreach.
A few years later, Lori intersected with RedRover in a different way when a horse named Shooter came into her care. Shooter was apparently kicked in the head by a donkey and needed his eye removed. RedRover Relief provided a grant for Shooter’s surgery, and a local veterinarian donated a prosthetic eye. Shooter is still living at Rescue Ranch, boarded there by his family.
|Linda and Shooter, a horse that RedRover Relief helped to save many years ago.|
Lori said that if she did not receive that grant to get a new truck, trailer and tractor, she would not be doing this today. RedRover helped give her and Rescue Ranch a second chance. She paid it forward by helping the people and animals in her community.
The way all these pieces tie in together is very inspirational to me, and is driving me to continue to work as hard as I can while I’m here, helping Rescue Ranch get through the difficulties that Hurricane Isaac has thrust upon them and their community.