URBANA — Personnel at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine have begun a drive to help animals affected by the May 20 tornadoes in Oklahoma.
Collection boxes have been set up at several drop-off locations.
— UI Large Animal Clinic, 1102 W. Hazelwood Drive, U.
— UI Small Animal Clinic, 1008 W. Hazelwood Drive, U.
— Champaign County Animal Control, 210 S. Art Bartell Road, U.
— Rural King, 913 W. Marketview Drive, C.
— Hill Animal Care, 609 S. Division St., Mahomet.
— Pet Supplies Plus, 2821 W. Kirby Ave., C.
— Prairieland Feeds, 303 S. Dunlap St., Savoy.
— VCA Heritage Animal Hospital, 2101 N. Dunlap Street, Savoy.
Dr. Karie Vander Werf, a veterinarian completing a residency in the large animal emergency and critical care group at the college's hospital, said organizers are asking the public to donate items to help horses, pets and their owners affected in Oklahoma.
"I got the idea after I saw the pictures of the devastation on Facebook," Vander Werf said. "I can't go there myself because of commitments I have here at home, so I wanted to figure out a way to send stuff over there."
People are asked to consider donating the following items:
— Unopened packages of food for dogs, cats, horses, and small exotic pets.
— Bedding for small and large animals (shavings, cedar, etc.).
— Food and water dishes.
— Blankets, towels, beds for dogs and cats.
— Cat litter.
— Halters, lead ropes, collars and leashes.
— Leg wraps for horses.
— Latex gloves (small and medium sizes).
— Pet shampoo for the muddy animals.
— Paper towels.
— Puppy pee pads.
After speaking with emergency personnel in Oklahoma, Vander Werf identified the Oklahoma City Animal Welfare office as the organization to receive the donations from the drive.
In addition, online donations can be made to the Oklahoma City Animal Welfare office at www.okc.gov/animalwelfare.
Organizers are working with nurses from Danville's Whitestar Home Health Agency, who are also collecting relief supplies, to ship the items to Oklahoma on a donated semitrailer truck.
The drive will continue through Friday.
UI veterinary student organizations assisting with the drive include the Illinois Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Omega Tau Sigma veterinary service fraternity, the Shelter Medicine Club, the student chapter of the American Association of Feline Practitioners, the Veterinary Student Outreach Program, and the local rescue group CATSNAP.