Animal rescues

Two animal rescues from central Ohio travel to Louisiana to help animals in need after Ida

COLUMBUS (WCMH) – Recovery from the devastation caused by Hurricane Ida continues, with thousands of people from Louisiana to New York still without power, food and other essential supplies.

This dire situation also extends to people’s pets.

Two central Ohio women active in animal rescues are now doing their part to help by raising donations for owners and their pets in need.

Molly Murray is the founder of Pawsitive Warriors Rescue. She says less than 24 hours ago April Burnside, owner of FREEdom Tails Ohio, contacted her to ask if she would like to go to Louisiana to help.

In the blink of an eye, she said yes.

“I have five children and my own rescue,” Murray said. “I had to settle everything, and everyone to settle down. I immediately started posting on our Facebook page and people stepped up.

In less than 24 hours, Pawsitive Warriors received paper towels, blankets, dog food and cleaning supplies. Monday morning, the women finished packing everything in a truck and left for Louisiana.

“It’s about a 12 hour drive,” Burnside said. “We will sleep at night and tomorrow we will start to roam the area and distribute food. We have about twenty rescues lined up to come and get food and help fifty families.

Burnside said that as someone who has volunteered in natural disasters before, it’s important that other small rescues offer their support when needed.

“There are a ton of people with pets, rescues with hundreds of animals that can’t feed them because all of their food, paper products and blankets are all wet,” she said. declared.

Although they are in Louisiana on Wednesday, they want to make it known that they will need supplies throughout their trip. Right now they could use cat supplies and they will post on their social media platforms as they learn more about the things they need on the spot.

“We won’t know for sure until we get there,” Murray said.

Murray and Burnside plan to return to Columbus by Friday and plan to bring back some pets to help them.

If you would like to donate or follow their journey, you can visit Freedom Tails Ohio or PAWSitive Warriors on Facebook.