Clear the Shelters


ARE SO HOPEFUL. IT’S AN AWESOME FEELING. CHARLE SO FAR, BRIGGS HAS
REUNITED ONE THOUSAND AND SIXTY
TWO PETS AND SHE DOESN’T PLAN ON
STOPPING ANY TIME SOON
GINA: TOMORROW MORE THAN A DOZEN
SHELTERS ACROSS SOUTH LOUISIANA AND MISSISSIPPI ARE HELPING
HUNDREDS ANIMALS FIND THEIR
FOREVER HOME BY TAKING PART IN
THE CLEAR THE SHELTER EVENT A
NATIONWIDE INITITATIVE WITH NBC. HERE TO TELL US MORE ABOUT THE
EVENT IS DR. CATHERINE WILBERT
FROM BIG SKY RANCH. THANKS FOR BEING WITH US.>>THANK YOU FOR HAVING US. GINA: TELL US ABOUT THE CLEAR
THE SHELTER EVENT.>>THIS IS A NATIONWIDE EVE TO
DO JUST THAT — TO CLEAR SOME
SPACE, GIVE ANIMALS HOMES. WHAT WE ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO
THINK ABOUT HERE LOCALLY IS IF
WE STAY OVER FULL THERE IS NO
PLACE FOR ANIMALS TO G. IF WE ARE IN THE MIDST OF
HURRICANE SEASON, WE ARE FIRST
RESPONDERS. WE HELP WHEN THERE A
DISASTERS. THAT’S A GOOD MESSAGE ABOUT WHAT
THE SHELTER SHOULD THE. IT SHOULD BE A TEMPORARY PLACE
FOR AN ANIMAL TO GO, TO BE
REHABILITATED, TO GET A
PERMANENT HOME. IT SHOULD NOT BE A PLACE FOR
ANIMALS LIVE. GINA THIS TIME OF YEAR,
HURRICANE SEASON, I GUESS YOU
WERE CALLED UPON. HOW OFTEN IN YOUR TYPICAL STORM
SYSTEM DO YOU FIND YOU HAVE TO
RESCUE OR SHELTER ANIMALS? Z I WOULD –>I WOULD SAY AT
LEAST TWICE A YEAR. AT LEAST TWICE A YEAR. A COUPLE YEARS AGO WE HAD TWO
REALLY BAD STORMS BACK TO BACK. WE WERE IN TEXAS FOR HURRICANE
HARVEY AND WHILE WE’RE STILL IN
TEXAS WHEN HARVEY HIT, HURRICANE
IRMA IT FLORIDA. — HURRICANE IRMA AND HIT
FLORIDA. WE WERE ABLE TO GET THE ANIMALS
THE ATTENTION THEY NEEDED.>>TELL US ABOUT THOSE GUYS.>>THEY ARE SO CUTE. BOTH OF THESE — BOTH OF THESE
KITTENS CAME TO US BECAUSE THEY
WERE THROWN FROM VEHICLES. IT WAS A DIFFERENT TIMES. QUITE OFTEN WE GET —
PARTICULARLY KITTENS THAT ARE
VICTIMS OF ABUSE. THIS LITTLE GUY, THIS IS JACK
SPARROW. HE DID LOSE AND I BECAUSE OF
HEAD TRAUMA, BUT HE DOES NOT
KNOW ANY BETTER. THE CALL THEM SPECIAL NEEDS BUT
THEY ARE REALLY NOT. THESE GUYS DO NOT KNOW ANY
DIFFERENT THAN ANY OTHER CAT. HE ONLY HAS THREE LEGS. THEY ARE BOTH PERFECTLY HEALTHY. THEY HAV BEEN — THEY HAVE
GOTTEN ALL OF THE MEDICAL
INTENTION THEY NEED. THEY HAVE ALL OF THEIR
VACCINATIONS, INCLUDING RABIES,
SPAKE, NEUTER, MICROCHIP.>>AND YOU DO DUE DILIGENCE TO
MAKE SURE THAT THE FAMILIES ARE
GOOD FIT AND YOU CAN MINIMIZE
RETURNS?>>ABSOLUTELY. EUGENE NOT WANT TO ADOPT OUT A
CAT THAT WILL COME RIGHT BACK OR
END UP ON THE STREET. GINA BEFORE WE LET YOU GO, IF
THE FAMILY WAS TO ADOPT, WHERE
SHOULD THEY GO? WE HAVE THREE LOCATIONS. WE WILL BE AT BIG SKY RANCH WITH
OUR ADULT ANIMALS, DOGS, AND WE
WI HAVE KITTENS AT THE
PETSMART IN MANDEVILLE AND THE
PETCO IN COVINGTON. GI

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