It's been almost 2 months since the Bear Creek fire ravaged hundreds of acres in Marion and Cass counties. Back then, Caroline Wedding and the Marion County Humane Society rescued almost 60 animals. 31 of them are still looking for homes.
Wedding points to Smokey Joe, a dog who ran from the woods "literally smoking," and into the arms of her rescuers. "Some of them will put their arms around you," she said. Dogs like Smokey Joe needed a lot of medical care. Her paws and fur were badly singed and the hair around her eyes still hasn't grown back. Still, she's as friendly as ever, says Wedding...and that's what makes these animals so great for adoption.
Medical care for all of the animals has been expensive, but a recent donation for $9,000 has helped mitigate some of the expenses. What these animals need now, Wedding says, are new homes.
If you would like to adopt an animal rescued from the fire, contact the Marion County Humane Society at (903) 790-9012. Donations for the continued care of the animals are also being accepted. You can send your donation to P.O. Box 505, Jefferson, TX 75657.