NAFA Rescues Animals from Marmaduke Storm Zone

APRIL 5, 2006 - Posted at 12:27 p.m. CST

MARMADUKE, AR - Ten volunteers with Jonesboro-based Northeast Arkansans For Animals (NAFA) spent most of the day in storm-ravaged Marmaduke yesterday, to help search for and rescue animals who were lost or left homeless following Sunday's tornado in the Greene County community.

The volunteers took vacation days or personal days from their jobs in order to do so.  More than a dozen animals were rescued and reunited with their owners.  Other pets that were rescued are now in the care of NAFA until their owners can relocate to new homes.

NAFA took more than 1,000 pounds of pet food, along with dog houses, bottled water and other pet supplies for tornado victims.

Saturday, NAFA will conduct an Animal Relief Drive for Marmaduke from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Petco store in Jonesboro.  NAFA hopes to collect pet food, cat litter, litter boxes, blankets, dog houses, carriers or crates, leashes and collars, and pet toys.  Monetary donations will also be accepted to help with vet and medical expenses for rescued animals.

All donated materials will be delivered to Marmaduke on Sunday morning.