RAMSEY, N.J. — Ramsey resident Ashley Gardenier is collecting pet supplies to aid the the Humane Society of Louisiana , which lost several animals and part of its Mississippi-based facility in a fire Monday.
The building that burned down housed staff members, cats and small animals. It also served as the center of the organization's relief operation after Hurricane Katrina forced them from New Orleans.
Gardenier — the founding owner of Southern Paws, Inc. — visited the HSL in 2013 and met CEO Jessica Cameron, now her pet-rescue liaison.
"It’s all kind of one big family," said Gardenier, who has found loving homes in Bergen County for hundreds of HSL animals.
The shelter in a Facebook post said some staff members risked their lives to save all of the birds and one dog in the burning building.
HSL officials opened a door in the hope that the more than 30 cats living inside would run out, Gardenier said.
"They don't know how many cats they lost," she said. "It’s kind of a search-and-rescue for them because they’re still trying to find them."
Gardenier plans on driving the donations to what's left of the Mississippi facility on Thurs., Oct. 29.
"I'm stuck here in New Jersey and half of my team is down south," Gardenier said. "There's nothing I can really do."
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