There was a remarkable scene today on Weed Ave. on Staten Island. People were in tears as volunteers from Louie’s Legacy Animal Rescue (LLAR) handed out dog and cat food. The volunteers will be there again Sunday distributing crates, cat litter and piddle pads as well as animal food. They are meeting at noon at 112 Weed and will fan out delivering food to people with animals. If you would like to volunteer, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or just show up with a shopping cart ready to work!
Ordinarily this rescue rehabilitates and find homes for animals from kill shelters. But these are not ordinary times and the Staten Island rescue is distributing donations from PetCo. PetCo is well known in the rescue community for stepping up quietly during a disaster with the kind of help that is needed most.
LLAR is based in Cincinnati as well as Staten Island, because the founder and director, Emily Gear, has lived in both locations. This has been an advantage as they are based locally, but also able to assist from an area not suffering from damage.
Per Ms. Gear, “Our Cincinnati location is coordinating two semi-truck loads of dry dog and cat food and a U-haul full of food and supplies to be delivered this coming week.” She said she was grateful for the generous assistance from PetCo and wanted to point out that they were using community volunteers as well as regular LLAR volunteers – so everyone would get credit.
In times of disaster we see slick ads from national organizations asking for money. It is harder to find rescues like Louie’s Legacy – although there are many – because they are too busy working to be fund raising. In fact LARR is going to do a chip-in . . . when they get the time. This reporter contacted LLAR and asked what they were doing and how they needed help.
UPDATE: They just added a chip-in. Per the director: After the insanity of the day, here is how I ended up doing the chipin. [They must have a forklift to unload the semis full of dogfood.] I can’t imagine anyone actually wanting to donate for forklift rental, but that is what we TRULY NEED. If anyone knows a volunteer with a forklift, contact the director.
Here is how you can help them help the people of Staten Island through LLAR:
- If you are in the area, you can show up to volunteer tomorrow at or contact email@example.com or check their FaceBook page to find where they will be the rest of the week.
- If you are in Cincinnati, they are taking donations of wire folding crates if delivered by Tuesday evening. These must be the type of wire crate that folds and pops back up fully assembled. They do not want any crates that have to be put together or that do not fold flat. Crates are needed so families can have their animals at the evacuation centers. The centers allow animals, but do not furnish crates.
- If you live elsewhere, you can give to the people of Staten Island through PetCo. Send a PetCo gift card (gift cards only) to firstname.lastname@example.org PetCo is not only making donations, but they are also bringing in and discounting crates and food. The gift cards will be used by LARR to make purchases locally at PetCo which they will distribute.
- Lastly, if you are on Staten Island, LARR may need a donated space there where 38 pallets of food can be unloaded. If you have such a space or donations they could use, they will go directly to your neighbors in need.
Louie’s Legacy Animal Rescue is just one of many in the trenches. Other rescues doing work on the ground will be highlighted in future articles.
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