By Donna L. Lagomarsino, RedRover Responders volunteer team leader
On a hot July morning, RedRover Responders volunteers once again descended upon the location of a temporary emergency shelter in Jefferson County, Arkansas. I say "again" because this is a location we have visited before. It is a location that breathes medical attention, improved health, quality care and a loving future for animals in crisis.
In December, RedRover Responders volunteers headed to Adams County, Ohio, with the Humane Society of the United States, to care for animals who were rescued from a suspected neglect situation. Thirty volunteers made time in their busy holiday schedules to help with the daily care of more than 160 rescued dogs and cats.
Newly trained volunteers often ask, “How long will it be before I receive a deployment request?” Well, for six newly trained volunteers, the answer was: five days! On July 12, RedRover held a training workshop in Kennesaw, Georgia, and then just five days later, we received a deployment request from officials in Cherokee County, one county over from the workshop location. Six of the volunteers who had attended the workshop signed up to help.
These were the words of Emergency Services Manager, Beth Gammie, the night before over 180 animals were seized from a suspected puppy mill in Jefferson County, Arkansas. Last week, RedRover assisted the Humane Society of the United States and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office along with various other volunteer groups in the rescue and care of the 121 dogs, 11 exotic birds, 19 chickens, 20 horses and multiple cats, rabbits and turtles that were removed from the Jefferson County property.
Since last week, RedRover has been assisting The Humane Society of the United States to shelter and care for 183 animals who were rescued from a suspected puppy mill in Jefferson County, Arkansas. Watch the video report below from KATV 7: