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MASON, Tenn. (FOX13) -

When an EF-1 tornado tore apart a Fayette County Animal Shelter the evening of April 27, nearly 60 people turned out to help repair the damage within hours.

Six months later, most of the warm hearts turned to cold noses as donations dried up. K-9 Animal Savior Rescue is still trying to help 109 dogs.

The EF-1 twister destroyed Bill Funk's Fayette County animal shelter, leaving 127 dogs in distress. Six months later, the at-home shelter is transformed and many of the animals were adopted, but help is still needed.

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Funk says 109 dogs at his shelter still need adopted, and donations that once came pouring in to help repair and run the shelter dried up. Funk said it costs nearly $5,000 a month to feed and take the animals to the veterinarian.

"A lot of people came and helped for a little while, and three weeks or so it all kind of dried up," he said. "Seven days a week, 365 days a year, 24 hours a day: We do what we do for the animals."

Funk especially thanks a former police officer from Wisconsin, Caryn Buege, who has made three trips down to the small town of Mason, Tenn., to continue donating supplies and bringing animals back to the Midwest for adoption.

"The thing that gets me is that Caryn came down here because of the disaster and Caryn has been an absolute Godsend," Funk said. "Maybe the tornado was a blessing in disguise and maybe that's the way God wanted it."

After being injured on the job as a police officer, Buege learned after Hurricane Katrina that her new calling was to help rescue animals. She's helped rescue animals from other major events including the tornadoes in Moore, Oklahoma, but when she received a call from a small Tennessee town, it left her with questions.

"I said, ‘Well, this isn't something we normally deal with because we normally work on a larger scale,'" said Buege, "It's very awkward in itself to come onto someone's property and say, ‘Okay, this is the way it needs to be done.' But I did."

Buege cataloged and photographed 135 dogs in May after the tornado.  It is her third trip from Wisconsin to Mason, Tennessee, to pick up more dogs for adoption.

"The goal at this point is to continue to work with Mr. Bill and find out which of these dogs are the most adoptable and get them back up to the Midwest and into homes," said Buege.

You can look up the dogs through the Pet Finder website. For those interested in donating supplies, money or visiting the K9 Animal Savior Rescue shelter,

You can also learn more about helping the shelter on their Facebook page where there is a link to a volunteer event.

If you would like to donate financially, a PayPal account has been set up; volunteers say to visit this PayPal website and type in caninesavior@gmail.com.

 

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