Dave Gardner | SteamboatToday.com

Dave Gardner

Many thanks to Routt County residents who have provided donations, either directly or by supporting community fundraising events, to aid rescue and relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. This outpouring of compassion and charitable giving speaks highly of our community. A few have even gone so far as to directly participate in these efforts, and often at their own considerable expense.

Steamboat resident Stacy Cannon continues to volunteer at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales, La., a staging area for animal relief efforts. She often works 18-hour days cleaning hundreds of crates and walking dogs for 5 minutes at a time. Through two trips to Louisiana, she has personally amassed a considerable debt from airfare, car rental, gas and food, not to mention taking unpaid leave from her job at Ski Haus. Now you can directly support her and her efforts.

The Routt County Humane Society has funds available to help reimburse travel expenses incurred by residents who volunteer in support of animal rescue and relief efforts. We would encourage anyone who feels strongly about the care of these animals that were left behind, and anyone who wants to know their donation is having a direct effect, to make a contribution to the Routt County Humane Society, c/o Katrina Fund for Volunteers, P.O. Box 772080, Steamboat Springs, CO 80477.

Dave GardnerCarol Bloodworth

Steamboat Springs