Dad here; I’m sure most of you are like me and feeling a good deal of impotent rage at the devastation being experienced by our brothers and sisters in Texas. This is the first natural disaster since Katrina that the Casa del Whackos hasn’t been directly involved with, and it’s chewing at my liver, but sometimes the waiting is the hardest part.
The Casa is located in what’s known locally as Tornado Alley, so we have frequent experience with disaster relief. Just like death and a funeral, the initial shock of the tragedy usually inspires a massive influx of well meaning people whose prescence sometimes compounds the problem. Then, over time, the helpful crowds fade along with the urgency, although the need remains as great if not greater.
I’m by no means saying do not jump in to help; if you see an immediate need, fulfill it immediately. But also be aware that this is going to be a long process, and we need to be prepared to help in the coming weeks and months. Keep in mind that every inspiring and/or heartbreaking video we see of an animal being rescued results in another animal that will need fed, sheltered, and eventually transported, and we will be ready to do our part. I have received numerous PM’s and posts suggesting different courses of action, and do not think for a second that all are not being considered, and we would appreciate even more suggestions. We are looking for those special opportunities where the need is greatest and we can affect the greatest difference, as I’m sure you are as well.
Don’t despair or become overwhelmed at the level of devestation; our chance to come together and make a difference will surely arise and we will rise to the challenge, no matter how large or small it may be. If it means renting a truck to transport an entire flooded shelter, or driving Miss Ellie to Houston to rehome one shivering Chihuahua, at that particular time, the need is the same.
Service every need as it arises and you will find your ministry.