ALEXANDRIA, LA. — Sandy Grantham, office manager of Alexandria Animal Clinic, couldn't have predicted her role in the aftermath of Hurricane
A flood of donations reaches Louisiana.
Working 150 miles from New Orleans in a city not even sustaining a drop of Katrina moisture, Grantham found herself dealing
with a new kind of flood.
Donations. They were pouring in.
In fact, Alexandria Animal Clinic turned into a kind of makeshift staging area for veterinary supplies in the early days following
the storm. The hospital's owner Dr. David McGraw, former president of the Louisiana Veterinary Medical Association, was placed
on FEMA's donations contact list. The hospital has been hopping ever since.
For Grantham, her task was to organize the web of supplies from large and small animal health manufacturers. It included pet
foods, flea and tick products, vaccines, heartworm preventives, cages, leashes and even feeding dishes. All the major companies
were giving in major ways, and so were small companies, Grantham says.
Concerned people from across the country been have calling to help, she reports. In fact, the clinic's four telephone lines
have been ringing non-stop from a nation of people wanting to either donate money or adopt displaced pets.
In the early days, Grantham and the hospital staff of Alexandria Animal Clinic will be credited with coordinating and sending
out about three, 18-wheeler loads of animal health stuff to needed areas, especially Louisiana State University, a main shelter
for displaced animals.
"I have never done anything like this in my life," Grantham adds. "I'm just doing the best I can. I'd like to load up a boat
and go rescue animals. I don't feel like what I'm doing is adequate, but it's all I can do."