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Posted on Fri, Mar 2, 2012 : 3:32 p.m.

Businesses seek donations for animal disaster relief after Illinois tornado

By Danny Shaw


A truck, sitting in front of Green Pawz Pet Supply, leaves Monday morning for Harrisburg, Ill. Organizers are asking for donations of food, medical and pet supplies for a veterinary clinic hit by a tornado earlier this week.

Local businesses Green Pawz Pet Supply and Animal Medical Services are urging Ann Arbor residents to donate food, medical and pet supplies for a veterinary clinic hit by a tornado earlier this week.

Harrisburg Veterinary Clinic in Harrisburg, Ill., 30 miles north of the Kentucky border, was caught in the devastating EF4 twister that touched down Wednesday.


A utility worker assists family members and friends as they try to salvage and clean up what they can after a tornado destroyed their neighborhood homes Thursday in Harrisburg, Ill. A pre-dawn twister flattened entire blocks of homes Wednesday as violent storms ravaged the Midwest and South.

AP Photo/Seth Perlman

AMS founder Allen Thompson said the goal is to fill a moving truck with the food and supplies by Sunday night. The use of the truck and its driver are donated from Handle with Care Moving and Delivery. Thompson will leave with the truck early Monday for Harrisburg.

“If everyone pulls together, it could be a better situation for the animals and people hit by this tornado,” Thompson said. “Every little bit counts. Hand by hand, we can stand together for each other.”

Green Pawz co-owner John Scherer said his shop is donating as much food as it can spare, but he hopes the community will help out. He also is dedicating his shop's Facebook page to getting the word out.

“They don’t have any resources right now,” Scherer said. “Hopefully they can find it in their hearts to donate. These animals need help, too. It’s Ann Arbor giving a hand to a small town in need.”

Donations are being collected at Green Pawz Pet Supply at 211 N. Maple, on Ann Arbor’s west side. For more information, call the store at 734-222-9622.

Thompson and Scherer said they are accepting anything pet-related, such as food, blankets, chew toys, animal treats, medical supplies and water. The men are paying for the truck's fuel for the 500-mile drive.

Thompson said several area veterinary clinics will be donating medical supplies as well.

The twister, one of several this week in the Midwest and South, killed four women and two men, injured about 100 people and damaged or destroyed more than 250 homes in Harrisburg, CNN reported.



Sat, Mar 3, 2012 : 3:28 p.m.

My dog "Buddy" just got back from a Red Cross donation. He said the orange juice could use a little salt but the cookies where great!


Fri, Mar 2, 2012 : 9:51 p.m.

Such a great thing to do, all to often the animals get forgot in disasters.


Fri, Mar 2, 2012 : 9:07 p.m.

Thank you for sharing the information! Will be by to donate. I believe the business name is Green Pawz.

Julie Baker

Fri, Mar 2, 2012 : 9:16 p.m.

Thanks for catching that. It's been corrected.


Fri, Mar 2, 2012 : 8:47 p.m.

Are there any local drives for humans that are affected? I know the typical Red Cross ones...