SEMINOLE, Fla. — Kimmy Chandler started a simple request on social media for pet supplies, and pet caretakers did the rest.
“When we asked the community to donate, they gave in monster proportions,” Chandler said.
Chandler runs Fluff Animal Rescue in Seminole, and he said he’s been watching the devastation at Fort. The Myers area is heartbreaking.
“We actually got a call yesterday from a girl whose brother was working in the trees, and he found a crate of six puppies,” she said.
A team of volunteers worked together, taking all donated supplies, which included food, litter, water and pet crates, and filling the rescue’s converted U-Haul. They will drive him to a distribution point in Naples.
Coreena Breazeale, ReviveK9’s operator and dog trainer, spearheaded begging relief efforts during Hurricanes Sally and Michael, and she’s back to help Fluff get organized.
“The animal community is definitely overlooked when it comes to natural disaster relief, so the fact that we have people like Fluff here to take care of that missing piece is almost truly magnificent,” said Breazeale.
With so many people here to help, filling the truck went relatively quickly.
“I was a school teacher for 25 years. And I love kids, don’t get me wrong. But I kept coming back to this. It’s what I was born to do,” Chandler said.
Now comes the task of getting those supplies where they need to go.
“It’s hard not to cry about it,” Breazeale said.
For more information on Fluff Animal Rescue, visit their website.