Emma Phillips stands in front of her Blessed Pets food pantry basement bunker filled with pet supplies.
Sometimes the very best resources for four-legged fur-iends are local, informational pages or group pages on Facebook.
Judy Brooks, Laurel Coughlin, Megan Klabo and Janilee Mourning are the Facebook page administrators for the Facebook group, Save the Roof Kitty! Lost & Found Pets.
Emma Phillips of Blessed Pets food pantry also has a Facebook page, Blessed Pets, and is currently serving the general public out of her home, with a separate entrance. By appointment only, Phillips will meet individuals outside her residence with the supplies needed.
Donations can be found to anyone and everybody in need of food and supplies, although keeping cat food on the shelf is more of a challenge, Phillips said.
Save The Roof Kitty! Began on Facebook in 2011 throughout the flood as a way for people to speak to find and retrieving pets, Brooks said. The name, Save the Roof Kitty!, was a clever tribute, after watching a neighborhood news channel’s coverage of a rescued kitten on a rooftop, Brooks said.
The page has grown a lot over the past 11 years, they’ve began Save the Roof Kitty 2.0, or Save The Roof Kitty! Adoptable Pets. Brooks said the extra Facebook page was created in hopes that folks would consider fostering pets.
The Facebook pages are great ways to voice comments and concerns in the neighborhood, and mostly the individuals are on the upside of things, Brook said. She said they’ve rules in place to maintain things respectful. She said the page doesn’t put up with drama and has a terrific membership. She said repeatedly when someone is trying to find a lost pet, group members will assist.
Brooks said Save the Roof Kitty’s page has helped countless pets find their humans and, moreover, the page has assisted in situations resembling the blue cat. People posted pictures of a blue cat running around Minot. Brooks said it was feared the cat had escaped some kind of illegal animal fighting ring, but people were relieved to know, once it was reunited with the owner, that the owner simply had coloured the cat blue with an animal-safe dye.
Brooks said in case you see something, say something. She said dog fighting is unfortunately a nationwide problem. She said don’t be afraid to step up and help an animal — whether you observed abuse or simply feel something is off. You possibly can speak for the animals by calling animal control or the police.
Brooks said there are several community pets’ pages to help in rescue, finding homes, reuniting and helping with supplies.
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