LAVACA (KFSM)- Deer, peacocks, wolves and chickens were all inside a flooded Lavaca home Monday (June 1).
The animals belong to James Kaelin, who lives in an area hit hardest by recent flooding.
"We've pretty much lost it all out here," Kaelin said. "I've probably lost my backhoe. It was completely underwater for two weeks, my tractor, my RV, this barn."
Kaelin said he hasn't left his home because he has to care for his 75 animals.
"The reason why my wife and I chose to stay out here is part of my therapy," he said. "I'm a Vietnam Veteran rescuing sick and injured wildlife."
Kaelin said he doesn’t have flood insurance on his 40 acre property and what makes it even harder is that he's lived on Shamrock Drive for nearly 20 years. But Kaelin said he's still hoping for the best and doesn't plan to stop caring for his animals.
"We couldn't just abandon them. They depend on us and that's why were still here," Kaelin said.
Kaelin said he's relying on his benefits from the VA and is hoping to receive government assistance.