Temporary shelters still housing hundreds of pets

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Kennett, MO (KAIT) - Chuck Bradford, of Caruthersville, says flood waters washed away much of what he owned, but not everything is gone.

"I don't know what I would have done without them," said Bradford.

His pets, like so many others, are staying at this temporary shelter in Kennett, Missouri.

"I'll make sure that they're taken care of..before I am," said Bradford.

"We moved to another facility that's about a 100 thousand square foot building.   We'll have room to grow for the next little while,' said ASPCA's, Kyle Held.

ASPCA is assisting local shelters in Southeast Missouri with rescue and shelter operations.

"We have seen horrible situations in the past where people would not leave their animals and unfortunately they paid the ultimate price for that," said Held.

Held says hopefully this temporary housing for people's pets will encourage them to seek safety first.

"This is absolutely the most responsible thing to do. Because you're not only putting yourself in harm's way, you put your animals and the rescuer that have to go after you or your pet," said Held.

Held says there are about 400 animals at this temporary shelter--most arriving over the last couple of days.  He adds there are dozens of people from at least 6 states helping care for these animals until their owners can come back for them.

"It's great to come over here to walk them and able to pet them and know they're still taken care of," said Held.

Chuck Bradford says it's peace of mind until they can all be together again.

"They're taking good care of them and like I say, I would be lost without them," said Bradford.

Some of the animals have been transported from other Southeast Missouri towns including Caruthersville.  Held says depending on how high the river crests should be at least somewhat of an indicator about how long the need for the shelter will remain, and when people can and will start picking up their pets.

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