Plumerville pet rescue bounces back after September tornadoes

PLUMERVILLE, Ark. – A Plumerville pet rescue has bounced back after a storm six months ago tore through Conway County and caused $30,000 in damage.

On September 1, 2020, an EF-1 tornado passed through Plumerville and changed things in minutes.

Clarissa Riedmueller, director of KC Pet Rescue, said it’s thanks to generous donations that Pet Rescue is what it is today.

“We’ve totally rebuilt, everything looks good and we’ve survived the little winter glare,” Riedmueller said. “If it hadn’t been for the people supporting us and supporting us, I probably would have given up because it was a big undertaking to try to rebuild – it doesn’t sound like much but that’s when even a lot of money.”

KC Pet Rescue was one of the hardest hit locations in Conway County.

“It’s 100% better, sometimes you think a disaster isn’t a blessing but in a way it was a blessing in disguise. It allowed us to refocus what we needed and rebuild the enclosures that needed to be done properly,” Riedmueller said.

Riedmueller also talked about what they are doing now to keep kennels safe and secure.

“First of all we’re trying, as you can see the tarps are still up and all that. It hurt us a lot because we don’t have a building here, we don’t have a way to house them the way we want. So all the puppies went into foster care, I have kennels at my house, I was able to take a few of them there,” Riedmueller said.

After everything they’ve been through, Riedmueller said they were blessed to be able to turn things around.

So far, 396 dogs have been adopted since the pandemic began, and she hopes to start fundraising for a building for the dogs.

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