Employees head south in hurricane animal relief effort

Carolyn Hosley and her dog MadisonTwo SUNY Oswego employees left Friday, Sept. 16, for hurricane-damaged areas in Mississippi and Louisiana to help rescue pets of all kinds left behind in the evacuation. 

Susan Fitzgerald and Carolyn Hosley, who work with the Oswego Children’s Study in Mahar Hall at the college, are helping to rescue the animals of victims of Hurricane Katrina.

“We do a lot of animal work anyway, and we were seeing the images on television,” said Fitzgerald, project manager of the Oswego Children’s Study. “There is so much going on down there, we wanted to help out any way that we could.”

Before leaving, they collected supplies “for cats, dogs, horses, pigs and anything people down there can use” to take care of newly homeless pets and livestock, said Hosley, a research assessor with the Oswego Children’s Study. “There’s a ton of animals that have been left behind.”

Hosley is the Oswego County representative of Dogs Deserve Better, a Pennsylvania-based organization dedicated to rescuing chained, outdoor dogs and educating dog owners about canine nature and needs. She plans to bring back as many as a dozen dogs that will need homes.

Hosley and Fitzgerald are coordinating their effort with an animal rescue organization in Mobile, Ala. One of their main destinations will be Pearlington, Miss., a small hamlet on the Louisiana state line that was virtually wiped out by Hurricane Katrina.

The collection of funds will continue while they are in the Gulf Region because they will be able to access their rescue fund bank account while on the road, Hosley said.

To donate to their ongoing effort, contact Dr. Dorothy Shedlock of SUNY Oswego’s psychology department at shedlock@oswego.edu. For more information, call Hosley at 591-8686.

For more information on how the campus community continues to support hurricane relief efforts, visit www.oswego.edu/hurricane.

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PHOTO CAPTION: Help on the way—Carolyn Hosley, a research assessor with the SUNY Oswego Children’s Study, with her dog Madison, shows some of the pet supplies she and Susan Fitzgerald are taking to Mississippi and Louisiana this week. They are helping to rescue the animals of victims of Hurricane Katrina. “There is so much going on down there, we wanted to help out any way that we could,” said Fitzgerald, project manager of the Oswego Children’s Study.

(Posted: Sep 21, 2005)

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