CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (June 26, 2008) – Stacey Harris is taking a week of vacation time to help victims of the historic flooding here, and she is being licked in the face for it.
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Stacey Harris and a canine resident of the emergency shelter in Cedar Rapids.
Harris is a volunteer Regional Director with United Animal Nations – a Sacramento, California-based nonprofit organization that provides emergency animal sheltering and disaster relief through its Emergency Animal Rescue Service (EARS) program. Harris is leading a team of 20 EARS volunteers to help Cedar Rapids Animal Control take care of evacuated and rescued animals at the temporary shelter, set up on a community college campus.
Harris said that she has been putting in long, exhausting days but is rewarded when she sees how grateful the animals are for her attention.
“These animals have been through quite an ordeal, and they need the kind of tender loving care and comfort that our EARS volunteers are providing,” Harris said. “And the families, many of whom have lost their homes or still don’t know if they have one, are so appreciative that we are taking care of their beloved pets while they pick up the pieces from this catastrophe.”
Harris has only been a volunteer Regional Director with UAN since early June, but she has plenty of experience caring for animals in crisis. In June 2007, she helped care for animals displaced by the tornado that destroyed
Harris has volunteered with the Austin Humane Society since 2004 and with