Submitted by first-time EARS responder Dawn Frary of Iowa City
Wednesday began bright and early, as most mornings do, and after organizing ourselves the night before, most of us EARS volunteers were on dog-walking duty at 8 a.m. Volunteers from the community continued to show up today and lend a hand wherever they were needed -- whether that was walking dogs, cleaning cages, or escorting people who came to visit or pick up their pets.
When it rains it pours. It may sound trite, but when it comes to natural disasters that affect animals, it is true. Barely 24 hours after deploying our Emergency Animal Rescue Service (EARS) volunteers to care for the animal victims of the Humboldt Fire in Butte County, California, the call for help came again.