Tom, who headed down to Louisiana to pick them up, and his wife Nancy, are wonderfully generous folks. Tom and Nancy helped build cat shelters here at Wildrun almost exactly a year ago, and Nancy also helped paint the front of the cat barn. Kudos to Tom, Sharon, and the SPCA for reaching out to help these displaced pets.
On Oct. 8, two Tompkins County SPCA workers traveled to Gonzalez, La., where they brought back five dogs that survived Hurricane Katrina to the Tompkins County SPCA on Hanshaw Road - a no-kill animal shelter.
Sharon Palmer, kennel supervisor at the SPCA, and Tom Karl, a volunteer at the SPCA, left Ithaca on a Saturday morning and returned the following Tuesday night with a van full of dogs that were at first tired and withdrawn but have since gradually adjusted to new surroundings, they said.
The dogs - tentatively named Butch, Lou Ann, Gonzo, Curly and Domino - were given medical examinations on Wednesday at the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. According to SPCA director Jeff Lydon, some of the dogs have skin conditions and at least one dog has an abscess on its mouth that may require minor surgery.
By feeding the dogs plenty of food and working to bring them back to better health, Lydon said the dogs could be ready for adoption by early November.
“We'll find them homes, no doubt about that,” said Karl, who has volunteered with the SPCA for four years.
In Gonzalez, the dogs stayed at the official state rescue center at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center. That rescue center has since closed down because the owners of the facility took back the space, according to the Best Friends Animal Society.