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Help for hurricane victims

The Friends of Animals Humane Society has been working with Denison Animal Welfare Group (DAWG) in Texas to send donations to both two-legged and four-legged victims of hurricane Harvey.

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Stacks of donations fill the Friends of Animals garage in Cloquet. The donations are being sent to help displaced victims of hurricane Harvey in Texas. Two loads of donations have already been sent and another is scheduled for Sept. 16. Jamie Lund/Pine Journal

The Friends of Animals Humane Society has been working with Denison Animal Welfare Group (DAWG) in Texas to send donations to both two-legged and four-legged victims of hurricane Harvey.

According to FOA administrative assistant Katie Goodman, the humane society has also been taking in dogs from Texas shelters as the Texas organizations make room for displaced pets until their owners can take them back home. The first three dogs were immediately placed and the second group came in last weekend. Several of the seven dogs need to be spayed or neutered before they are available for adoption, including a recent mother dog who arrived with her four pups.

Local residents generously donated enough human and pet supplies to fill two garages at FOA. Donated adult supplies that filled the first garage went out Sept. 1 and was brought to displaced nursing-home residents in Texas. The pet donations were dispersed to various animal shelters in need in Texas, along with $500 in gift cards and $500 cash. The van did not have enough room for all of the donations last weekend. One more delivery is set for Sept. 16.

Due to the amazing outpouring of donations from local animal lovers, Goodwin asks for donations of cash or gift cards instead of items. The money helps put gas in the tanks for DAWG to continue to picking up supplies and helping displaced pets as well as buying the supplies needed in Texas. Checks should be written to Denison Animal Welfare Group and gift cards from Walmart or VISA are appreciated.

Speaking of helping hurricane victims, Cloquet’s Bob Francisco opened up his Manchester, Tenn., home to a family from Cape Coral, Fla., while Hurricane Irma was making her way across their state. Francisco said the family are cousins to his ladyfriend, Mojo Duffy. His daughter, Katie, who lives nearby, brought them food and supplies. (Katie is a Cloquet High School 1995 graduate)

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“It makes you feel really good to be able to help,” Francisco told the Pine Journal, adding that he met the mother and daughter via Facetime Sunday night. “The doggone thing (the house) is just sitting there. Why not?”

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