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Help Offered To Those In Need: Both People And Pets

SOUTHERN COLORADO – Crowley County officials have established a help line for Ordway residents who have been affected by the fire Tuesday and Wednesday.

The telephone line can be reached at 719-267-5555, extension 2. Fire disaster victims can also go to the Crowley County Commissioners’ office, located at 603 Main Street, Suite 2, in Ordway. The line is for fire victims only, and should not be called for any other purpose at this time.

Those needing assistance need to provide their name, the type of assistance they need, and a method through which they can be contacted. Officials will be using that information to help coordinate recovery efforts and assess the needs of the community.

In Pueblo, Southern Colorado residents in need of help can find it through the Red Cross. Disaster Action Team volunteers of the Southeast Colorado Branch American Red Cross were dispatched from the Pueblo office at approximately 5:15 p.m. Tuesday to assist residents of Ordway affected by the wildfire.

Volunteers opened a shelter at the community center in Sugar City at approximately 9:00 p.m. and are in the process of opening a second shelter in Rocky Ford at the fair grounds.Contributions to the Red Cross may be sent to American Red Cross, 4104 Outlook Blvd., #135D, Pueblo, CO 81008.

Pueblo Animal Services is also coordinating efforts to help locate any lost pets. They can be reached at 544-3005.

For anyone in need of help with their pets while they relocate or are evacuated, “Lands of Ahs” in Fountain. You can reach Eileen at the kennel at 382-1126 or 460-1409. The kennel is located at 12599 Jordan Road. Anyone who has to leave their pet there will be able to visit during normal hours of operation. This free service is only being offered to those affected by the fires.

Colorado Animal Rescue Effort has also been very active in rounding up lost pets in Ordway. However, they’re work has used up many of their supplies and workers are now short supplies. If you would like to help them or contact them to see if your pet was possbily rescued in the fire, visit the Rescue Effort Web site.

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