We receive calls to help abused, neglected and homeless animals every day of the week. Many reports come from areas with no shelters or other services, so the animals often have no other chance of rescue. A lieutenant from the Avoyelles Parish Sheriff's Office contacted us recently and asked if we could remove multiple pets from an abandoned trailer in Marksville. The local government doesn't operate a public animal shelter, so they had no place to house the animals. We agreed to help and asked our friends at the Atchafalaya River Rescue to work with us. Volunteers went to the site over two days and removed 13 dogs and three cats. Some of the dogs were living in small kennels inside the filthy, abandoned trailer. Others, like the chocolate lab/pit mix, above, were chained outside without any food or water. We have been in communication with the sheriff's office to make sure that the owner will be cited accordingly and not allowed to walk away. A single rescue operation involving this many animals costs thousands of dollars, and we are called upon to coordinate many such efforts each year. Your support this holiday season will help us do more!