Fazzios collecting donations for animal victims in Louisville

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Louisville, Mississippi was devastated by a massive tornado on April 28, wiping out hundreds of homes and businesses and taking 10 lives.

Since then, we've all heard of donation collections for people, but two businesses are teaming up to not just help humans, but animals also.

Over at Fazzio's Home and Farm Center in Gulfport they are asking for donations that will help feed and care for animals. Centered in between two registers at Fazzios Home and Farm Center is a collection for Louisville tornado victims.

Though there are some items to help humans, most of what's collected is for animals. Fazzios teamed up with St. Joseph Hospice to focus their aid on the animals impacted by the E-F4 tornado.

"We're partnering together with St. Joseph Hospice and we're trying to collect food for horses and dogs and just anything else that the tornado victims in Louisville will need to take care of their animals," said Rita Marshall who is a buyer for Fazzios.

St. Joseph Hospice Patient Care Representative Rosalia Lee says in a disastrous situation animals can often be the last thing on someone's mind even though they're also an extended part of many people's families.

People forget your first worried about your own family of course but then you're like wait a minute the animals too. the animals are their family," said Lee.

"You know we remember Katrina and we know how hard it was after, just to get feed for the horses and feed for the dogs and everything," said Marshall.

The owner of labs Duece and Sniper says it's easy for him to help the victims of Louisville because he knows how hard it is to feed your animals after a natural disaster.

John Vaeth donated $100 to Fazzios. He says after experiencing Katrina with his pets, he has sympathy for the pet owners in Louisville who may be struggling to feed their animals.

Fazzios is open Mon.-Sat. 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

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