10 years after the levees broke in New Orleans and left hundreds dead and a million displaced, we remember those who left their homes to help those who no longer had one.
One local veterinarian remembers those devastating images of people and their pets desperately in need of assistance.
Dr. Vernard Hodges of Critter Fixers in Bonaire spearheaded a Katrina relief effort in 2005, using his hands and his heart to help.
"I made a couple of phone calls, I got some trucks rented," said Hodges.
His kind gesture brought in generous donations from people in Middle Georgia. Before he knew it, his team filled four trucks with supplies.
"This is what I do for a living, so I can go help the dogs and cats," said Hodges.
But pets weren't the only priority for Hodges, people were as well.
"So randomly we were able to give $50 gift cards, $100 gift cards to different people," said Hodges.
He was also part of a USDA team that shipped abandoned dogs up north to no-kill shelters. That left a lasting impression locally. In 2008 the state created Georgia Safe House.
"They can house over 100 dogs, 30 cats, and over 30 horses in case of a storm or emergency," said Hodges.
The 7,800 square foot complex housed in Fort Valley State University, is the only one in the Georgia, and serves pets statewide.
Hodges says those miles he drove, and those days he spent, were well worth the lives he touched.
"They were genuinely just happy that somebody cared," said Hodges.
Thursday, President Obama toured the new levee protection system in New Orleans. He promised residents that the country will help protect the city against the next monster storm.
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