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Outpour of Support for Oklahoma Pets

Dog food, cat food, water dishes and many other supplies have been piling up in the University of Illinois veterinary medicine facility.

Doctors and students are taking donations in an effort to help people and their pets affected by the tornadoes in Oklahoma. 

Dr. Karie Vander Werf started the initiative and says, "Technically we just had three days of collection; Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.  And, we filled at least two vehicles and a hirse trailer full of items."

Volunteers worked to load all the donations but could not fit everything in the vehichles.  Student Keith True says, "It took a few hours.  We had fifty bales of hay to load up into the trailer which we just barely fit.  I think there were a few of us hanging off the back of the trailer trying to push it closed."

Amanda Liesse, also a student, adds, "looking at the stalls before hand, I kind of thought we wouldn't be able to fit it all in.  There was a lot of stuff in there."

With items remaining, the decision was made to extend the deadline for donations and that's exciting news for volunteers eager to help.

Liesse says, "I know how much I love my pets and if anything were to happen to them and if I lost my home and my belongings it would be nice to have people from other places support me and to have supplies from other places brought down to me."

Doctors and students did the heavy lifting but they made it clear it was a community effort.  Dr. Vander Werf says, "We like to thank the community and the residents that dropped off materials: dog food, cat food.  And, local businesses that allowed us to have a drop off location."

If you would like to donate you can drop off supplies at U of I Large Animal Clinic, U of I Small Animal Clinic, Hill Animal Care, Pet Supplies Plus, Prairieland Feeds, Rural King, VCA Heritage Animal Hospital or donate online at http://www.okc.gov/animalwelfare/.

ABC NewsChannel's Heather Good Reports

We like to thank the community and residents that dropped of materials; dog food, cat food. and local busniesses that allowed us to have a drop off location."