It is always devastating when a disaster hits but for the small town of Holly, Colorado, with a population of about 700, it was even more overwhelming. Holly is an agricultural community that was heavily impacted by the Colorado blizzard of 06-07 and in March they were hit hard by a tornado destroying part of their town.
Holly may not be a huge town with thousands of residents and thousands or even hundreds of pets but they were still in need of temporary housing for displaced pets. Code 3 was contacted by local authorities with the request to help put up temporary housing for their residents to use for their pets until they were able to get back in their homes or make other arrangements for them. A team of three Code 3 responders (Mike “Goose” West, Tiffany Boller, and myself) responded to the call from Holly. No disaster is too big or too small for us to do all that we can to help. We arrived early on April 9th and got right to work assessing the situation. Their greatest need was temporary housing for the dogs of the town. The team worked to construct 9 dog kennels to house displaced pets and worked with the town volunteers to connect owners with their lost companions.