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Pacific edition, Wednesday, August 8, 2007

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — The Okinawan-American Animal Rescue Society is calling for donations and volunteers to help repair its typhoon-damaged animal shelter in Nishihara city — a job it estimates could cost up to $15,000.

Typhoon Man-yi’s 105-mph winds battered the animal shelter, ripping the tarp roof from the main structure, shattering windows and overturning the shelter’s two prefabricated buildings.

None of the shelter’s animals was harmed during the July 13 storm, but more than three weeks later, the group is struggling to repair the damage, said the society’s president and founder, Liz Rouse.

All the dogs and cats housed in the two prefabs were fostered to volunteers during the storm, she said, adding that 28 cats and 38 dogs are still in foster homes.

Volunteers from Erwin Professional Military Education Center worked in shifts Saturday to install temporary roofing over the kennels of the 21 dogs still housed in the shelter.

The animal-rescue group held a dog wash and adoption-day fundraiser Saturday on Camp Foster.

But so much more is needed, Rouse said.

A contractor estimated it would cost about $15,000 to put up a stronger tarp, mesh and wire roof that could withstand future typhoons, she said, urging the military and local community to donate to and volunteer at the society.

“There are always animals in need, and if you’re an animal lover, then this is the place for you,” volunteer Kate O’Callaghan said.

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