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Rescued pets find home in Lawrence

Greensburg animals living at Humane Society

A handful of pets, including the dog and cat pictured above, that were rescued from the Greensburg tornado have found a home at the Lawrence Humane Society.

A handful of pets, including the dog and cat pictured above, that were rescued from the Greensburg tornado have found a home at the Lawrence Humane Society.

June 23, 2007


Several pets rescued from Greensburg seek shelter in Lawrence

They survived the nation's worst tornado in years - only to be turned over to a shelter in severe disrepair. Now, 12 cats and 15 dogs from Greensburg and Pratt have found a temporary home at the Lawrence Humane Society. Enlarge video

Greensburg pets

Midge Grinstead, Executive Director of the Lawrence Humane Society, Inc., introduces nine pets from Greensburg, Kansas available for adoption through the shelter. Enlarge video

The latest living quarters for Daisy and Tulip are a bit cozy, but that's the way they seem to like it.

"They love each other. They play together, sleep together," said Midge Grinstead, executive director of the Lawrence Humane Society.

The unlikely best friends - Tulip's a 6-month-old Yorkshire terrier mix puppy and Daisy's a 3-month-old kitten - have been through a lot in the past seven weeks.

Their odyssey started after surviving the nation's worst tornado in years on May 4 in Greensburg.

Before coming to the Lawrence Humane Society with 11 other cats and 14 other dogs from Greensburg and Pratt, Daisy and Tulip stayed at the Pratt County Humane Society, a shelter Grinstead described as the worst she's ever seen, saying it was dirty and stacked with garbage.

"It was just a really horrible situation. Any time you picked anything up, mice would run out everywhere. It was severe," Grinstead said.

The Kansas Animal Health Department told the Pratt County Humane Society to upgrade the facility or close it. Even after Grinstead and her staff helped clean and reorganize the shelter, the Pratt building could hold only nine dogs and 10 cats.

"It was built in 1951, and the wear and tear on the building is enormous," Grinstead said. "It needs to go away."

According to the Pratt shelter's executive director, it will. Mike Hill, who took over the animal shelter in May, said: "The animals were treated excellent, but the shelter's been marginal for a while. We've been patching and patching it and finally just decided to rebuild."

Hill said that after the tornado the building was overcrowded and the staff was overwhelmed.

No construction timeline has been set, but Hill has asked state officials to care for more than 100 animals rescued from Greensburg.

On July 15, some will return to their owners, but most will have no place to go. If the Lawrence shelter's expansion project wraps up in time, Grinstead hopes the animals can move there. That project is slated for completion by July 1. The Lawrence shelter will receive no funds to help care for the animals, Grinstead said.


walkdog262 10 years, 10 months ago

I know I, for one, was desperately worried about the fate of the poor puppies and kitties of Greensburg, much as I was about the pets of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Soldier on, little Daisy and little Tulip. Be brave. Be brave.

sittinthefence 10 years, 10 months ago

The two cuties have an adoption pending. Hope their new home is a happy one. I too have an adoption pending on a new fir kid :)

allthatsme 10 years, 10 months ago

Just so the world knows, there is not a single Greensburg animal at the Lawrence Humane Society. The Greensburg animals are not allowed to leave Pratt, KS until July 15th, which means, they are no where else in the state/country but Pratt, KS. This is capitalizing on a very sad situation, and it should not be condoned. Perhaps the paper misquoted or received incorrect information. If in doubt about the location of the Greensburg animals, contact the State Animal Health Department. The Yorki mix pup and kitten are both Pratt animals. They did not survive the Greensburg tornado, because they are not from Greensburg.

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