BARNEGAT, NJ – Representatives of a Barnegat foster pet rescue plan will depart for Louisiana later this week to deliver items that have been collected from local residents to help victims of the hurricane Ida.
The trip, which is slated for Friday, is the first of two deliveries East Coast Paws N Claws Rescue plans to make. The second, the shelter director said, will take place in October as organizers hope to help those affected by the devastating storm.
Organizers said they would use two pickup trucks and a trailer to transport the items they collected to Louisiana. While much of the supplies that were donated are for pets, East Coast Paws N Claws director Lynn Reckeweg said she hopes to collect more toiletries and personal items. for future trips.
Reckeweg coordinates the project with Stephen Suarez. Reckeweg recently told Patch that the decision to help the victims of Hurricane Ida was one that spoke to the rescue’s mission to help those in need. The rescue is providing temporary care for homeless and abandoned animals in the Ocean County area until they can find a forever home.
“It seemed like the most natural thing to do,” Reckeweg said in an email to Patch. “Our adopters, foster families, volunteers, family and friends are all part of our relief community, even if they are 1,000 kilometers away. We are simply living our mission – to help all who have it. need, whether animal or human, four or two legged, whatever is needed. “
She added, “We have such confidence in our great community and our family, our rescue and our staff that we knew (the collection of items) would not fail.”
Organizers will also be bringing 20 to 30 dogs back to New Jersey to house them to the rescue. Pets must be quarantined for 30 days before leaving Louisiana, Reckeweg said, as local authorities hope to allow those displaced by the storm to reunite with their pets. However, animals that have been cared for and need a home forever will be brought back to New Jersey.
Organizers of the collection effort plan to continue adding items from various collection points as the hurricane season continues for several months, Reckeweg said, and the needs of Louisiana residents will continue to grow. A local Kiwanis club donated 500 pairs of socks to the fundraising effort – a move that Reckeweg said got the best of her emotions when she discovered the generosity of those who contributed.
“It’s amazing to see,” Reckeweg said of the local effort to collect items. “I mean, honestly, it’s absolutely amazing to see. The boxes (of items) kept coming in.”
The following items have been collected but are still accepted, Reckeweg said:
- Tarpaulins – lots of tarpaulins
- Elastic cords
- Zipped ties
- 5 gallon gas cans
- Work gloves
- Medical gloves
- First aid items
- Rubbermaid Handbags
- Paper napkins
- Dawn dish soap
- Garbage bags
Needs of the rescued / abandoned dog:
- Necklaces (all sizes, slightly worn)
- Flea / tick medication (any brand is suitable)
- Paper bowls
- Dry dog food
For adults / children in devastated areas:
- Socks (new in packaging only)
- Underwear (new in packaging only)
- Baby / toddler formula
- Diapers all sizes
- Maxi pads / pads
- Bar soap
- Gift cards for Walmart, Amazon, Tractor Supply, Visa, Mastercard
Requested items can be ordered directly from their Amazon wishlist.
Donations can be dropped off any day of the week at these locations:
- East Coast Paws N ‘Claws Rescue Volunteer, 676 East Bay Ave., Barnegat, NJ 08005 (Inside front yard fence) facebook.com/ecpcRescue
- Location of Tiny Woof Pack volunteers, 406 Woodlawn Drive, Forked River, NJ 08731 facebook.com/TheWoofPack007
- Humane Society Atlantic City, 1401 Absecon Blvd., Atlantic City, NJ 08401 (Make sure they know it’s for Ida’s rescue with the ECPC rescue) facebook.com/humanesocietyac
- 312 Henry Avenue, Bayville, NJ 08721 (On the porch)
- 106 Champlain Road, Marlton, New Jersey 08053