It’s too soon to tally results, but the amount of damage from the three horrid storms, Harvey, Irma and Maria, continues to smash records and break hearts. As always, our fellow fanciers have banded together to aid one another almost as quickly as the hurricanes hit, and we’re getting constant reports of the efforts being expended and the open arms extended. If there’s anything good to be said about the situation, it’s that it is just one more example of the caring nature of the people in this wonderful sport.
Dog people have always been in the vanguard when it comes to helping each other and our dogs.
Although the skies have cleared, the future’s cloudy. People are still in need and will be for quite some time. AKC was quick to jump in with Disaster Relief, as are many other dog related organizations. TAKE THE LEAD is always on hand to help, and we’re so grateful to this source of comfort for the people who need it most We here at ShowSight welcome other information that can aid fanciers in this time of regrouping and rebuilding. Although in our hearts the show must go on, many didn’t, and Clubs, too, have been hit financially by this freakish force of nature. And now our friends and family in Puerto Rico are suffering worst of all. We pray we find a way to help.
I included two photos below of my own driveway, only to give a tiny idea of the power of the winds. That 150-year-old Elephant Ear tree has withstood everything thrown at it for over a century; this was one gust too many for the towering beauty. Lesser flora, firmly rooted too, was no match for the onslaught. Imagine what this did to the homes and lives more directly impacted. Although extremely fortunate, we were without power for a week and the cleanup hasn’t even begun at my home in central Florida. Many fared far, far worse. Our hearts go out to them.
All of us here at AraMedia Group send heartfelt wishes of comfort to those afflicted. Again, let us know if you or someone you know needs help. We will do everything in our power to assist.
Hurricane Help is standing by: Aid from within the fancy is available.
TAKE THE LEAD has a disaster relief fund (up to $5,000 per incident). This can be a huge helping hand until FEMA or Insurance kicks in. If you are unable to get internet access you may call the TTL office at 1 800-814-1123.
Two AKC Pet Disaster Relief trailers were deployed to help evacuees from the storm, and AKC Reunite will continue to help shelters caring for pets displaced by the storm. To donate securely online, go to www.akcreunite.org/donate.
Hurri-Canine Rescue founded in ‘92 in response to Hurricane Andrew has a hotline: 863 816 8848 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We will attempt to provide or network safe havens for fanciers and dogs displaced.