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Animal Emergency Center donates services to wildfire victims

posted August 22nd, 2012 by
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It all started with a Facebook post.

On Aug. 4, Dr. Troy McNamara, medical director of Animal Emergency Center, Inc., posted the following to the clinic’s Facebook page:

“We are all praying for all the people and animals affected by these fires. We are an ER center and don’t have room for a lot of boarding, but we will help anyway that we can if people need to bring their pets somewhere to get them safe while making arrangements. We are also taking gatorade and water to the fire stations, if anyone would like to donate they can bring to AEC and we will transport. Thank you!!”

The next day, the clinic was housing 12 animals displaced by the wildfires in Creek County.

“They were healthy animals, people just had to find a place to stay so they brought their animals by here and we boarded them,” McNamara said. “Ten were able to go home the next day.”

But McNamara and his staff’s assistance and generosity didn’t stop there.

“As fire officials started letting people go back to their homes, that’s when things started getting ugly,” McNamara said. “That’s when people were going back and finding animals [that had been] burned.”

At that point, the clinic joined forces with Oklahoma Alliance for Animals and they started directing displaced and injured animals to the Animal Emergency Center.

“OAA has been really good about giving financial assistance to these people’s animals and their health care. It’s been amazing what they have allowed us to do,” McNamara said.

McNamara says the worst case so far is a dog named Gracie who is still in his care.

“Nobody knows anything of her,” McNamara said. “She is such a sweet gal.”

Gracie, who is pictured above, is expected to make a full recovery though she still has some hurdles to overcome.

“With her cough and smoke inhalation, she is doing extremely well there, so I think she is going to make a full recovery health-wise,” McNamara said. “Whether or not her hair grows back or she requires skin grafting, secondary bacterial infections of the skin, all of that stuff that she is still wide open for, we don’t know yet.”

In addition to the burns on her face, half of both of her ears were burned off.

When her wounds are healed enough, Gracie will be able to go to her foster home, hopefully in the next couple of weeks.

Among the animals housed by the clinic are a mama cat who was burned trying to save her kittens and a couple of German Shepherds from the German Shepherd rescue group, which lost their facility to the fire.

In all, more than 30 animals have been treated or housed at the Animal Emergency Center and all of their services have been donated.

To learn more about Animal Emergency Center, Inc., visit their website or Facebook page

Donations are still being collected and can be brought or sent to :

Oklahoma Alliance for Animals/Emergency Fire Relief

1822 East 15th Street, Suite B, Tulsa, OK 74105

Get more information about Oklahoma Alliance for Animals here.

- Lauren Cavagnolo