In the midst of a crisis, a little kindness can make all the difference in the world.
Clackamas County deputies proved that on Sept. 8, as the county was being ravaged by a blitzkrieg of rampaging wildfires and thousands of residents were being displaced by level 3 evacuation alerts.
According to the sheriff’s office, one resident, identified only as Cheryl, was struggling to kennel and load over a dozen young puppies into her van, when Deputy Reynolds and Deputy Keen pulled up to her driveway and asked if there was any way they could help.
Cheryl called it “an answer to my prayers.”
“Even though the stress was overwhelming, I still had to smile,” she said. “You see, there were 15 six-week-old puppies, and when I opened the kennel door, they all started pouring out. We had to catch the ones who made it out and put them in the travel kennel.”
The three were able to work together to load up the puppies, lift the kennel into the van, and evacuate safely.
Cheryl says she has found homes for seven of the puppies and is confident the rest will find new families soon.