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Cedar Rapids, Iowa Flood Response

On June 15, United Animal Nations (UAN) began deploying dozens of trained volunteers from across the Midwest to help care for animals who are displaced by catastrophic flooding in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Volunteers with UAN’s Emergency Animal Rescue Service (EARS) are caring for animals who were evacuated or rescued at a temporary emergency shelter on the Kirkwood  Community College campus in Cedar Rapids. Nearly 1,000 dogs, cats, birds and other pets have passed through the shelter.

Although the floodwaters have subsided, hundreds of animals remain at the shelter as their families -- many of whom have lost their homes entirely -- try to put their lives back together following this massive disaster. Until then, they can rest assured that our EARS volunteers are giving their beloved pets plenty of love and attention.

Please read our blog for updates and more photos from this response.

EARS volunteers care for displaced pets

An EARS volunteer washes a cat rescued from the floodwaters

All of the dogs in the Cedar Rapids shelter are walked twice a day.
EARS volunteers spend plenty of time comforting the animals ...
... and making them comfortable in their temporary surroundings.

At its peak, the emergency shelter housed nearly 1,000 animals ...

... 70+ EARS volunteers came to Cedar Rapids to care for them.

Everyone at the emergency shelter makes sure to drink enough water!

EARS volunteer Dan Grossman walks a St. Bernard.

EARS Regional Director Stacey Harris mid-smooch with Diego.
EARS volunteers often cherish their quiet time with the animals.
The animals
Many animals have been separated from their famliies for days.

The flood has been a traumatic experience for them ...

... but they usually perk up when an EARS volunteer arrives for a walk!

Alex, a black Lab mix, stretches his legs in a make-shift exercise yard.

"The cat house" is usually quieter than the dog area ...

... but the cats are no less appreciative of the volunteers' time. 
Ingenious volunteers made towel "hammocks" so cats could climb.

This beagle always soaks his feet in his water bowl after his walks.

These kittens were rescued from a flooded home. 

Shadow, a male Siberian husky, enjoys one of his daily walks.
Reuniting families

Reuniting people with their pets is a highlight for the EARS volunteers.

This resident was thrilled to find her mother's kittens at the shelter.

Like many still-displaced residents, Mozart's mom visits regularly.

EARS volunteers reunited 50 pets the day the "reclaim" area opened.

Adam Robinson reclaims his dog Sly after two weeks of separation. 
Cali's mom was thrilled to find her cat. Read the full story >>

Another family made whole again after a stressful separation.

Happiness is seeing your pet, or your person, after a long absence!