Wild Animal Rescuer Prepares For Potential Flooding In Lavaca

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LAVACA (KFSM)- A Lavaca man is trying to figure out what he's going to do with his rescue animals as he prepares for the possibility of more flooding this week.

James Kaelin lives on Shamrock Drive, one of the hardest hit areas during the several days of torrential rain this past May.

"Y'all aren't afraid are ya? You will not be harmed, you have my word," Kaelin said as he showed 5NEWS his animals, which include wolves and peacocks.

Kaelin had 75 animals, but some of them died in the four feet of water that surrounded his home just a couple of weeks ago.

"A lot of guilt," he said. "I wasn't as prepared as I thought I was."

For Kaelin, the animals he rescues are part of his therapy after serving overseas and losing his daughter 40 years ago.

"Coming home to a quiet house was the most haunting thing to me in the world,” Kaelin said.

And although Kaelin is concerned, he said he doesn't plan to stop caring for his animals.

“We love them,” Kaelin said.

Kaelin said the first round of flooding did more than $100,000 in damage to his property, but since he doesn't have insurance he's going to have to rely on federal assistance.


    • Marta Kaelin

      This man is absolutely amazing! He cares and gives and helps without ever asking anything in return. This time, however, he does need help, whether he wants to ask for it or not, the floodings were too much for him to recover on his own.

  • Marta Kaelin

    This Vietnam Veteran uses his time and resources to rescue sick and injured animals, but this time, HE is in deep need. Month of May brought him 4 floods, 2 of which flooded his home, destroyed his storage building which had feed for his rescues, not to mention all the lost personal items and farming equipment. Please take a moment to assist, even if it is just $5, and click on share www . gofundme . com/w88nh8 . This man gave all for his Country. His home is his sanctuary and his rescued babies are his therapy that help him make it another day. Thanking you in advance!

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