Helpers: Shelter damaged, 21 dogs displaced following storm

By Austin Jackson | Published Saturday, March 16, 2019

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HELPING OUT – Volunteer James Milligan comforts a dog following the damage to Apollo Support and Rescue in Justin Wednesday. Messenger Photo by Austin Jackson

Following thunderstorms and howling winds, the staff at Apollo Support and Rescue in Justin found a scary scene Wednesday morning.

Winds exceeding 60 mph pushed a unit of the shelter housing 21 dogs several feet, severing the plumbing to the unit and leaving a huge mess.

“All of our kennels looked like someone just smashed them,” said ASR Founder and Director Danielle Stewart. “[The kennels] were all the way in the field. Some were in the trees.”

The damage impacted both structures, pushing both the units off of the ground.

Luckily, none of the dogs at the no-kill shelter were injured. The scared dogs facing the day without a roof soon found plenty of love from volunteers and staff.

ASR Director Catherine Dennis was staying overnight on the property when the storms swept through the shelter.

“It started pouring really hard and I moved out of my bedroom because I was scared stuff from the barn was going to fly through the walls,” Dennis said. “My space is not anchored down. It was shaking and I felt like I was having a heart attack. I didn’t see stuff flying around. It was quite a surprise when I walked out the door [and saw the damage]. I think the wind just missed me.”

Dennis quickly got the word out to the staff and on social media.

Following her post, volunteers stepped in to offer assistance with plumbing, glass, bulldozer and ear scratches.

“We’ve had tremendous amount of volunteers come out,” Stewart said. “We’ve been so blessed. People just came running. It’s amazing.”

Stewart said the best way to help is with manpower and monetary donations, since a lot of the repairs involve construction parts.

The shelter houses 100 dogs that are up for adoption. Twenty-one are currently without a structure.

She added that straw and gravel will be a large help due to the muddy mess from the rain.

The shelter is located at 1170 Dove Hill Rd in Justin. For information, you can reach the shelter at or email

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