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Fire devastates Southern Comfort Animal Rescue
Three animals: Bennett's personal dog Toby, a chihuahua; a mixed-breed puppy named Rain; and Wolfe's macaw, Ariel, who alerted Bennett to the fire, passed away in the blaze.
The property held both the shelter and the home of SoCo's owners, Scott Bennett and Terry Wolfe. The house, which was not insured due to previous damage, is unliveable. The property has no power or water.
While tax-deductible donations to help rebuild the rescue are being accepted at http://southerncomfortrescue.chipin.com/southern-comfort-animal-rescue, the more urgent need is for temporary foster homes for the 60 dogs that called SoCo home. Several area rescues, including Dublin-Laurens Humane Society, have already volunteered to take some of the animals.
Janet Maddox Goree is coordinating the logistics of finding foster homes for the animals, and can be reached at email@example.com.
"We are so overwhelmed with the outpouring of support from the community," Bennett said. "We are grieving, but we realize how very blessed we are to have the support of so many friends and dedicated animal rescuers."
Another need is for temporary mobile housing so Bennett can stay on the property while it is rebuilt.
The Wheeler County Volunteer Fire Department responded to the fire, which is believed to have been electrical and started in the house's kitchen. Firefighters saved several dogs from the house.
"Without their compassion, today's losses would have been much greater," Wolfe said.