Friday, October 30, 2015

Tylertown Destroyed by Fire

Recovering Victim - Photo Courtesy Humane Society Louisiana
Many animal rescuers are familiar with Camp Katrina, also known as Tylertown, in the small town of Tylertown, Mississippi. The Humane Society of Louisiana (HSL) ran their operation from a building there which burned to the ground on October 26. They had remained there after Katrina to run a shelter.

Thanks to staff members who risked their lives, almost all of the animals were saved. Per one staff member who lived on the property, “I was scared, but adrenaline kicked in. I was throwing my birds out the backroom and throwing the cats out, just anything I can get out.” 

A ferret and at least two cats died. Some cats are missing, but presumed to have survived. The staff is attempting to recover these cats as the commotion subsides. There were two staff members living in the building. They lost their home and all their possessions.

Over a dozen cats are being treated for smoke inhalation and will have a long recovery. HSL is in need of donations to cover veterinary care. They also need donations to replace what has been lost. Here is their wish list. They had a long term plan to move to a newly purchased property and now the fire has sped up that timeline and donations are needed for that endeavor as well.

This is a group with a good reputation who did hard work during and after Katrina and now many local rescuers in Mississippi and Louisiana are coming to their aid. A FaceBook event has been set up to help raise funds. (They have no connection with and receive no donations from the Humane Society of the United States.)