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Chicago Ridge shelter takes in dogs displaced by Mississippi storms

Forty-one dogs have been sent Animal Welfare League Chicago Ridge after last month's devastating tornadoes Mississippi.  |  Supplied

Forty-one dogs have been sent to the Animal Welfare League in Chicago Ridge after last month's devastating tornadoes in Mississippi. | Supplied Photo

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Updated: June 5, 2014 5:15PM



After a town in southern Mississippi was hit by recent back-to-back tornadoes, an animal shelter there issued a mayday.

It needed to make room for the animals that had been displaced by the devastating storms. In order to find space for the pets of people taking shelter in area schools and other facilities, the animal shelter had to find homes for some of the dogs it already housed.

The Animal Welfare League in Chicago Ridge offered to help.

“We told them we could take 20 to 25 dogs,” said Linda Estrada, AWL executive director. “But they brought us 41. What are we gonna do — we had to take them.”

Now, the AWL is looking for homes for those 41 canines, which range in age from 8 weeks to 1½ years, she said. Breeds include shepherd mixes, Catahoulas, pointers, Labradors, beagles, boxers and border collies.

After veterinarian examinations, vaccinations and minor medical care, all of the animals will be available for adoption.

The adoption fee is $135 and includes spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations, rabies vaccination, microchip, leash/collar and a 14-day health guarantee for the Mississippi dogs.

“We’re hoping to find loving homes for these animals. They’ve been through so much,” Estrada said. “First the storms, which knocked out power and water. And then a 30-hour road trip.”

She said some of the animals are in need of minor medical care, but for the most part, they are in pretty good shape, just a little scared.

Adoption viewing hours at the Animal Welfare League are noon to 8 p.m. Mondays to Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays.

For more information, contact the Animal Welfare League, 10305 Southwest Highway, Chicago Ridge; (708) 636-8586; www.animal
welfareleague.com.



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