DETROIT (CBS Detroit) – Loading blankets and tall pallets of dog and cat food, members of Detroit Dog Rescue drove 10 hours to the region hardest hit by Superstorm Sandy to help its four-footed victims.
Detroit Dog Rescue transported nearly four tons of food in a 26-foot Ryder truck from Detroit to Staten Island, New York.
Calling the storm and its following Nor’easter “catastrophic,” one organizer said bringing help was crucial for animals who can’t fend for themselves.
The rescue group was responding to an SOS call from sister animal rescue group Guardians of Rescue in New York.
“Hurricane Sandy became the perfect storm that took human life, caused billions of dollars in property damage and uprooted families across 14 states and we know equally affected are family pets who now are living without shelter or food,” said Dan “Hush” Carlisle, co-founder and executive director of Detroit Dog Rescue.
He added: “Last week when our good friend Robert Misseri from Guardians of Rescue and producer behind the Animal Planet’s reality show ‘Pit Bulls and Parolees’ put out a call for help to the rescue community for pet supplies, it was a done deal — Detroit Dog Rescue would do whatever we could to contribute. ”
DDR garnered the supplies from supporters, donors and vendors here in Detroit.
Detroit Dog Rescue is a grassroots non-profit that utilizes volunteers to rescue pit bulls and other neglected, abused or abandoned animals in Detroit.