Some of you know how bad the weather has been lately, & many parts of WA have flooded...
I got this email form Kim (Pingford's Porridge) today;
I've confirmed all this information.
The shelter in Burlington, Washington (http://www.washingtonferret.org/) is severely flooded (3 feet) and still has 30+ ferrets to evacuate to temporary foster homes. If you know anyone who would house a ferret or two temporarily in the Seattle or surrounding area, please have them to call Lacy of Ferret City at 360-661-1718 or (360) 707-2739. All roads into the area are flooded and closed so the sister shelters cannot come in to help.
Heather, she's wiped out. Her fairly new shelter building is ruined.
Donations of cash, gift cards, paper towels, ferret food, litter, etc. can be sent to:
Lacy Ruddell 11676 Pulver Rd. Burlington, Washington 98233
I recommend gift cards from Wal-Mart, Petco, Ferret.com, Foster's & Smith, etc. $5 is a GREAT amount to give for those of us who are limited on funds.
I wanted to get this info out to see if others can help..
Post by cloudtickler on Jan 9, 2009 16:24:38 GMT -5
Heather are you helping foster? If so, I *can* take in 3 for a short term stay. I have a FN142 that's empty and ready to use.. My prob is I do not have a car. I'm in Seattle-- central area, and am more than willing to help.. But I don't have a way to pick them up. My area is flooding too, but not under feet of water. We had a garage issue that's being worked on but that does not affect the ferret area.
I saw the email from Ferret City via a yahoo group I'm in, and also on the ferret.com forums. I have to work today but I'll check back in later this afternoon.
Update-- I just called and left a message for Lacy. So that if *she* hears of anyone coming up from Seattle she can call me as well. I feel like my hands are tied, and I want to do -something-!!
Update 2.0: Just posted info on CL-Seattle.
Last Edit: Jan 9, 2009 16:48:18 GMT -5 by cloudtickler
Post by animalsgetrevenge on Jan 9, 2009 20:51:50 GMT -5
Oh that is horrible. I was living in Olympia last December and the flooding was a nightmare. Our home was on the top of a hill and our garage still managed to flood with a few inches. My work (Petco at the time) was closed for a few days.
I'm in Portland, and have no way to get there because of I5 being closed. I will definitely find some money to donate to the cause.
We will be keeping the homeless fuzzies and the shelter staff and volunteers in our thoughts.
Post by cloudtickler on Jan 10, 2009 0:08:20 GMT -5
Just wanted to check back in really quick. I emailed a fert rescue in Tacoma and she can take 10-12. She called and talked to Lacy. (She didn't know this had happened when I talked to her.) A man in Wanatchee (sp?) can take 10. I also had him call Lacy. Three of my adoptive homes that are on my rescue email list (that already have caging and accesories-- they just don't have ferrets yet..) are all willing to help foster 2 maybe 3 each. I talked with my landlord and am able to take 3 or 4. (This is mildly flexible depending on the specific pairs she has...)
The CL post has generated several emails to me asking for suggestions on what to send, even though I put that info in there I'm just hoping we can get all the ferts safe and out of harms way. Lacy is an inspiration to me and I would NOT want her to shut her doors because of this horrible catastrophe! I just want to do what I can to help.
Post by cloudtickler on Jan 10, 2009 14:58:19 GMT -5
63 of the 100 ferrets are now in emergency foster care. Lacey has the other 37 in her home, which she says for right now is fine. If it starts raining, she will go through her list and contact other people that called her yesterday to ask them to take a few. Right now her concern is getting her current emergency foster homes the supplies they need. Some are on a fixed income, and cannot afford the cost of several fosters, even though they have the time and the love to care for them. New or gently used bedding, and gift cards to Lowes and Walmart are on the list at the moment. (For pellet litter and supplies.)
Sorry for sort of takin over this thread Heather.. Just trying to keep everyone up to date as I've been watching it closely.
LOL- no worries, it is great to see you take such initiative! =-) I am not fostering any of them, for personal reasons. I will PM you, with my reasons. I would recommend that anyone wanting to help (I know it may have been mentioned, many times in several different forums, etc)...donate supplies, gift cards for supplies, etc. My first concern is for the ferrets.