Raining cats and dogs: Kountry K-9 Groom & Board provides safe place after Thursday night flood

Bandit enjoys his time at  Kountry K-9 Groom & Board in Ripley after a night of flash flooding, June 11.

RIPLEY - It was indeed 'raining cats and dogs' on Thursday night in Ripley. 

The furry residents in town are safe but Kountry K-9 Groom & Board, located on 206 Laura Ln, wanted to go the extra mile.

Owner Kristie Carr offered free boarding for pets of Jackson County residents.

SueAnn Lockhart, groomer and boarding manager, values the importance of keeping pets out of harm's way.

Daisy at  Kountry K-9 Groom & Board in Ripley after a night of flash flooding, June 11.

"There are people that have to get to shelter elsewhere with their families that may not be able to take their pets," said Lockhart. "This becomes an issue with them being able to properly care for their pets."

Lockhart acknowledges there would be a need for shifting around in their place but they can make it work. 

"If they know we are going to take care of their pets, it is one less thing for them to worry about," said Lockhart. "We have empty crates and extra room that we can turn into makeshift boarding kennels if need be, for displaced pets."

Phoebe takes a seat at  Kountry K-9 Groom & Board in Ripley after a night of flash flooding, June 11.

Jackson County Humane Officer Teresa Hager to this point has not taken down any reports of displaced animals due to the rain. 

"We haven't got any calls and the water did go back down," said Hager. 

— Matthew Sokol (he/him) is a journalist with Jackson Newspapers. Story ideas? I want to hear them. Please email me at msokol@gannett.com. Follow me on Twitter @MatthewSokol95