Monday, Mar 10, 2014
Brookport Tornado Pets Still in Need of New Homes
MASSAC COUNTY -- The journey continues for pets injured and displaced by the Brookport tornado. The search for new homes is taking some animals across southern Illinois and across the country.
The four-legged survivors of the Brookport tornado have spent the past month living in shelters around our region.
When the EF3 tornado hit on November 17th animal rescues rushed in to help. Weeks later some of those pets still have not been claimed or can't return to their families.
The first leg in one dog's journey of 400 miles went through Marion Friday morning.
Stormy was switched between cars taking the black labrador from southern Illinois to Wisconsin.
"I told him as we were driving up that I hoped he found a home with like four teenage boys," said volunteer driver Vicki Crumpton.
Stormy was badly injured in the Brookport tornado and nursed back to health at Beagle Bay Animal Hospital.
After more than a month, he's now headed for a specialized rescue to help him recover.
"He needed some training and some looking over because he had been traumatized pretty good from the whole event," said Lisa Thompson.
Thompson is the founder of the "Howlin 4 Hope in Southern Illinois" Facebook page. The group helps promote the needs of shelters in southern Illinois and western Kentucky.
Stormy is just one of many pets found in the damage zone that local groups rescued. At Project Hope in Metropolis, they still have eight cats from the storm.
"They are all needing homes," said Thompson. "No one ever came looking for them."
Connecting these pets with new families has been an on-going job for volunteers. Thompson is currently caring for two tornado dogs, including one that needed temporary shelter.
Some pets and owners have already been happily reunited. However, there are more animals to track down.
Thompson is searching for Momma Girl.
"We know she's out there," said Thompson. "She has broken leg."
Momma Girl is the missing sheltie mix of a marine veteran. His Brookport home was destroyed on November 17th.
"He gave all and has lost everything," said Thompson.
She hopes people will continue to call in sightings of animals in Brookport or consider adopting the cats and dogs left behind.
"They survived this tornado," said Thompson. "They would love to have a chance at a home."
Any pet sightings in the Brookport area can be reported to Metropolis Animal Control or the Project Hope Animal Shelter.
Sightings can also be posted to the "Brookport, Illinois Tornado Pets Lost and Found" Facebook page. The page also features more information about some of the pets up for adoption.
Wind: 12 MPH
Humidity: 55 %