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Evacuees find refuge in S. Georgia for pets

August 29, 2005

Albany- Just watching her horses run is a relief for Dr. Joy Stallings.

"We came here to Albany to put our horses in a safe environment," she says.

She lives in Atlanta, but keeps her three horses on her property in Appalachicola. When she and her family got there evacuations were voluntary, but Stallings says she'd rather be safe than sorry.

"So, we decided about 12:00 yesterday to start packing up and leaving. The water was starting to rise and the wind was blowing, and I didn't want the horses to be in harm's way," Stallings says. "It's easier for us to get out at the last minute, but not three horses and horse trailer and two dogs."

A quick search on the internet lead her to Warren Stables, where she'll be able to board her horses away from the wrath of Katrina.

The Stewart family also evacuated their home in Pensacola, but wasn't sure where they'd keep their pets.

"My husband just called because we were not supposed to have pets where we were at, and luckily they take birds because not many places take birds," says Melanie Stewart.

"Most hotels don't allow pets around here, so that's where we come in place and to care of them and make sure that they are happy and feel comfortable while they are in Albany also," says Dodie King of Bush Animal Clinic.

In addition to the Stewart's dog and two birds, the staff at Bush Animal Clinic took in more than half a dozen dogs and a cat.

Though the families say they aren't sure whether their homes and neighborhoods escaped damage from the storm, they say they're comforted by the fact that their pets did.

Warren Stables and Bush Animal Clinic have room for more boarders but say they've been receiving calls all day about available space.

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