The Louisiana floods left most houses devastated, and as a result of the disaster’s aftermath, more than 30,000 people fled the area and abandoned their pets. A 38-pound German Shepherd was one of the dogs that the rescuers was able to save. The Guardians of Rescue officer, Patricia Blackwood thought the dog was dead and it was also covered in mud.
She was lying motionless, and even though passersby noticed her, she seemed to have given up hope. When Blackwood took her to an emergency shelter, she was beginning to show progress. The dog’s condition made Robert Misseri, the Guardians of Rescue founder realize that apart from people who were affected by the flood, there were also neglected animals. Every time they inspected an empty house, they would find a dog that hadn’t eaten for days.
After rescuing the German Shepherd, they had also saved three more dogs who were trapped in a yard. They had the same fate as the German Shepherd because they were also chained to the posts. Kind neighbors gave them food and water so they would be able to survive.
Upon assessing the situation, the rescuers found out that the dogs had endured thirst, hunger, and even rising water. Despite successful rescues, the Guardians of Rescue continued to face a persistent problem as they didn’t know where to take the dogs. Most shelters were full and could no longer take in animals. Even though some dogs had already been adopted, others were waiting for their forever home.
All of the dogs that were brought to emergency shelters had a friendly personality, according to Blackwood. While two of them were heartworm positive, they were already nursing themselves back to health. Blackwood hoped that all rescue dogs would be able to find a family that would help them start a new life.
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