With much of the country devastated by catastrophic hurricanes over the last few weeks, South Sound companies are reaching across state lines to help.
Kent-based Reber Ranch and Pet Central, for example, has partnered with the Seattle Humane Society to help assist the animals that were in Texas shelters prior to Hurricane Harvey pounding the state’s Gulf coast.
“The Seattle Humane Society has taken in hundreds of dogs and cats, so the Texas-based shelters (could) make room for the pets that need a temporary home while their families rebuild their homes and lives from damage Harvey caused,” said Carrie Estrada, marketing manager for Reber Ranch. “Knowing this, we wanted to do our part to contribute to the Seattle Humane Society. It is admirable what they are doing to care for all animals.”
To support Seattle Humane Society’s disaster relief program, Reber Ranch and Pet Central collected donations in their stores, matching 100 percent of all donations made. A check was made out to the Seattle Humane Society for $2,680; in addition, Reber Ranch donated 2,250 pounds of dog food and 750 pounds of cat food.
“It was extremely heartwarming to see our customers support this humanitarian effort,” said Michael Reber, operations manager. “We value all animals, and are thankful for organizations like the Seattle Humane Society who generously care for the animals in need.”
Meanwhile, Federal Way’s World Vision, whose humanitarian aid presence has been felt worldwide, shipped out relief goods from four of its field site locations across the United States — including its Fife warehouse — when Harvey hit.
“We’ve been responding to emergencies in the U.S. for decades,” said Reed Slattery, World Vision’s National Program Director for the United States. “We want(ed) to make sure to get these relief supplies down there as quickly as possible to help the children and families affected by this storm.”