Five Katrina survivors headed this way

Rae Wickersham, a volunteer at Outwest Pet Grooming in Prosser, is looking for a few good homes for five survivors of Hurricane Katrina.

"We are on the list to receive five dogs, survivors of Katrina," said Wickersham. "We will be notified October 15 when to pick them up."

Wickersham said she has no idea what size or what breed the dogs will be. But she will head out to Missoula, Montana, in her Jeep Grand Wagoneer to get them as soon as she receives the word.

"I'll take collapsible crates to transport them in," she said.

"These are dogs whose owners did not claim them or were unable to claim them, for whatever reason," said Wickersham.

"When we applied, I said we'd take five, because we didn't know how many foster homes we could find for them. If we can get more homes, then, good, we'd be willing to take more," she said.

"Right now we are desperately looking for foster homes for the ones coming, and that's hard because we can't tell anyone what kind of dogs they'll be."

Wickersham said the dogs have been in a holding facility in Louisiana, to allow owners to find and claim them. When she first applied to receive pets, she was told that Outwest Pet Grooming would have to hold them for 30 days to allow the pets to be reunited with their owners, if possible.

"Now that we are waiting until October 15 to receive them, that 30-day waiting period here won't be necessary," she said. "We can put them into foster homes right away, if we have them."

According to Wickersham, she and Amber David, owner of Outwest Pet Grooming, will be looking to Pet Health Clinic in Sunnyside, if any rehabilitation of the animals is needed.

"Pet Health has worked closely with us in the past on spays and neuters, so we will be taking any animals that need rehabilitated to them," said Wickersham.


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