While the general consesus about Sandy seems to be, "It could have been a lot worse," plenty of homes, businesses, and organizations have been hit hard. One of those is Baltimore Humane Society in Reisterstown. They've been without power since Monday afternoon and the back-up generator is out. Pet food deliveries have been canceled for the week, and even the phone is out.
Staffers and volunteers are digging into their own pockets to keep conditions sanitary and safe for the animals, but they could sure use some help. According to an email sent today from the no-kill shelter's director of public relations, Wendy Goldband, the Humane Society could use any or all of the following:
1. Donations of Science Diet Dog and Cat Food—any variety, wet or dry
2. Donations of non-clumping kitty litter
3. Monetary contributions to help aid our restoration efforts. They can be made on our website. Or checks can be mailed to our address at 1601 Nicodemus Rd., Reisterstown, MD, 21136
4. Laundry—Massive amounts of laundry are piling up. Volunteers are asked to come take some loads.
5. Donation or loan of a 5000 watt generator
6. Purchase tickets for Catsino, a fundraising event this Saturday evening at Mother's Federal Hill Grille. It is a night of faux gaming to benefit the cats at Baltimore Humane Society and in particular, to help pay for badly needed eye surgery for Popeye the Cat. (That's a picture of her on the left. How appropriate that she is a black cat for this Halloween post?!) Tickets are $100 and can be purchased by calling 443-388-2407 or online.
Anyone making a trip out to the shelter should be aware that the main road in to Baltimore Humane Society is closed (Nicodemus Road coming from Franklin Blvd). In her e-mail, Goldband advises using a back route via Ivy Mill Road.
If you don't have the time or the funds to support the Baltimore Humane Society int his way, maybe you could help by spreading the word via social media (Twitter, Facebook, etc.). Getting the word out is an important first step. After all, people can't help if they aren't aware there's a problem.
Good luck to the Humane Society, and I hope we hear happy updates soon!
Photo by Mary Swift Photography, via Baltimore Humane Society Wordpress Blog.