Camp Papillon animal shelter takes in Texas dogs
STROUDSBURG, MONROE COUNTY (WOLF) -- Houston is a 24-hour drive from Stroudsburg, but it seems like no distance is too great for Camp Papillon to lend a hand.
"It breaks your heart cause I can't imagine what they're feeling cause they're losing their pets to a natural disaster," said President Gerri Papillon.
She wanted to make it easier for those owners to find their lost pups, so she joined forces with Animal AID and picked up around 40 dogs who were 'owner surrender' or there long before the Hurricane, hoping to clear shelter space.
"We want people to be able to find their dog. And if there's no place for them to go, they can't find their dogs," she said.
"We didn't want this to be something like they had in Katrina where 5 years later they're still looking for their dog," said Director of Operations Terri Zuber.
Camp Papillon is already at capacity and didn't have room for all 40 pets. So, they took what they could, helped find homes for the most, and now have seven new dogs in need of homes - that's in addition to the dogs they already had.
"We're still overloaded and we're still overwhelmed and we still don't have enough volunteers and we're all tired. Of course, everybody that went to Texas is especially tired," said Zuber.
The team got back around two this morning, racking up more travel hours than they could count after hitting multiple Texas communities.
"All our volunteers are so dedicated, their hearts are in it. Their compassion is unbelievable. I gotta tell you, these people are dead tired, and they're still here because these animals need them," said Papillon.
Now with even more animals added on to the 30 cats they rescued last month from a woman's eviction, they're in desperate need of community support, especially funding.
"I need everybody to understand that, in turn, if you're helping people with their dogs, you're helping people, it's not just about the dogs themselves," said Papillon.
"We are here to help. That's why we do what we do," sais Zuber.
And there's another woman in connection with the shelter headed to Florida to pick up her elderly mother. She cannot drive and has nine hospice dogs she doesn't want to leave behind.
That woman has a GoFundMe page set up and is asking for help with expenses: https://www.gofundme.com/hurricane-irma-help-my-mom
If you would like to help Camp Papillon, the shelter is in need of donations to cover veterinary bills and supplies.
You can donate on their website here: http://www.camppapillon.org/donate.
You can also drop off or mail a check to their facility 128 Brainerd Lane in Stroudsburg, PA 18360.