Posted by: kcdisasteraid | January 27, 2009

REBUILDING LIVES – TWO HANDS AT A TIME

Register In Kinship Circle’s Volunteer Network
http://www.kinshipcircle.org/disasters/volunteer/

Animal Disaster Response Training Resources
http://www.kinshipcircle.org/disasters/volunteer/training-resources.html

Rebuilding Lives, Two Hands At A Time
http://www.kinshipcircle.org/disasters

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1. Rebuilding The Gulf Coast, Two Hands At A Time

SOURCE: 12/24/08, VIDEO – With My Own Two Hands
WATCH VIDEO NOW:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BJ44B33HRmo&NR=1

two-hands-collage
FROM KINSHIP CIRCLE: Thanks to my sister and fellow animal rescuer, Cara
Shoss, for alerting me to this beautiful video and inspiration for this
message. Brenda Shoss, president, Kinship Circle

From Cara Shoss, cshoss@gmail.com Imagine what we could do if we all used
our own two hands to change the world. Keep believing in what you are doing.
Happy Holidays to all of you and thank you for using your two hands to make
a difference for the animals in the world. TURN UP YOUR SPEAKERS:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BJ44B33HRmo&NR=1

KINSHIP CIRCLE REFERENCES:
GULF COAST: Animals In Gulf Coast Storms & Other Disasters
http://www.kinshipcircle.org/disasters/gulfcoast/default.html

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2. Kinship Circle Recognized For Its Work During
Iowa Floods 2008 – This Is For You!

SOURCE: 12/2/08, Iowa Dept. Of Agriculture / Iowa Veterinary Rapid Response
Team —
http://www.iowaagriculture.gov/AgSec/IVRRT.asp

iowa-floods-certificate

KINSHIP CIRCLE received an official certificate of recognition for its work
after the Iowa floods in June/July of 2008. Iowa’s Veterinary Rapid Response
Team coordinator, Mark Shearer, had asked us to recruit/deploy volunteers to
staging areas at Lee County Fairgrounds (Donnellson, Iowa) and Johnson
County Fairgrounds in Iowa City. KC also sent search and rescue trained
volunteers to severely flooded Oakville, Iowa. Our volunteers even helped
Farm Sanctuary “wrangle” some pigs to safety, after destroyed factory farms
left pigs adrift in high waters (many died, but more than 60 left Iowa for a
life of freedom at Farm Sanctuary in Watkins Glen, New York).

iowa-floods-letter

THIS IS FOR YOU…
Who has no money, but jumps on a plane
And taxi-cabs through southeast Iowa…
Because a dog with mange has given up hope.
And a displaced cat needs your voice.

This is for you…
Who corralled a pig twice your weight
Waded in waters to leave bowls of food
And searched for eyes lost in corners

This is for you…
Who reads every word
And networks and plans
To salvage small hearts
Overlooked in the storm

Who gives without question
And sees what others miss:
Animals, cast into chaos…
Terrified and alone

This is for you…
For every mile traveled
And every life touched.

KINSHIP CIRCLE REFERENCES:
IOWA FLOODS, 2008
http://www.kinshipcircle.org/disasters/relief/default.html

DISCLAIMER: Kinship Circle was tasked to manage out of state volunteers in
southeast Iowa. We were not authorized to do shelter setup or break down.
Local animal agencies, along with several financially capable large animal
organizations, oversaw the fate of unclaimed animals. We were one of a few
organizations to remain on conference calls with the state through mid-July,
to help coordinate rescue/foster.

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3. The Great River Rescue

SOURCE: 12/08, Rally To Rescue Magazine
LOOK FOR FULL ARTICLE, ONLINE SOON:
http://www.rallytorescue.org/articles/articles.aspx

Rally to Rescue Magazine, Volume 4/Issue 3: The Great River Rescue
RT: Volunteer Tanya Patton cuddles a cat at Barb and Mel Bryant’s farm in
Keokuk, Iowa, after the Lee County Fairgrounds shelter closed.

river-rescue-person
EXCERPT FROM “THE GREAT RIVER RESCUE”
JUNE 2008: For weeks heavy rainstorms saturated Iowa and five other
Midwestern states, causing rivers to rise and burst through protective
levees… Iowa was the worst hit state…

Barb Bryant received an urgent late-night phone call from Iowa’s state
veterinarian asking if she’d run a temporary shelter for pets displaced by
flooding… The next morning Bryant, co-founder of Animal Protection League,
reported for duty at the Lee County Fairgrounds in Donnellson.

“Since this was the first time any of us had done this type of rescue, we
were fortunate to receive assistance from members of Kinship Circle, who
helped set up our operation. These volunteers had done this many times. Most
had worked at Katrina.”

Two trailers containing leashes, crates and food were delivered to the
fairgrounds. For more than two weeks volunteers did their best, spending
12-hour days caring for about 100 cats and dogs…

Bryant recalls one man who called the fairgrounds searching for his Beagle.
One had been brought in, but he wasn’t wearing identification tags. “’Go to
the kennel and call out, Bud Light,’ the man said. ’If he bays at you, he’s
mine,’” Bryant says. “So the volunteer yelled ‘Bud Light.’ The Beagle
immediately answered. He was so happy someone knew his name.”

In early July the fairgrounds needed the facility back for the Lee County
Fair, so Bryant had to find a new place for the remaining animals. That’s
when her husband Mel Bryant, who’s battling his fifth bout with cancer,
suggested bringing them to their 72-acre farm in Keokuk, Iowa…

After two weeks the remaining 16 pets not claimed or adopted to new homes
were transferred to Kirkwood Community College — then shipped to
out-of-state shelters for eventual placement…

ALSO: SEE A KC DISASTER AID VOLUNTEER FEATURED ON CNN!
SOURCE: 12/08, “Animal House” video
FIND CNN “FOCUS ON GIVING” VIDEO WITH KC’S BOB RUDE:
http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/2008/news/giving/
http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/living/2008/12/15/fog.animal.house.cnn

Couple Take in 100 Cats / Safe at Rude Ranch: Thanks to this dedicated
couple, many homeless animals will have a warm home this winter.
Photojournalist Bethany Swain brings us to the Rude Ranch, an animal shelter
run by a couple who gave up day jobs to help animals…
Rude Ranch Animal Rescue, http://www.ruderanch.org

ONLINE —  Rebuilding Lives, Two Hands At A Time
http://www.kinshipcircle.org/disasters/relief/08-12-24.html


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