Community Takes Care of Elderly Man’s “Orphans” After Fire

“I know he’s going to be broken-hearted, just sitting there thinking about the ones that didn’t make it out… he loved them like they were children.”

 

 

 

When 82-year-old Perry Boore’s Arkansas home went up in flames on Wednesday, his primary concern was not for himself, but for his dozens of orphan dogs.  He risked his life to save them by running back inside two or three times, and now his neighbors are all pitching in to help care for the 100 or so dogs who survived.

“I lost some of my puppies, my puppy dogs,” Boore cried.  “I lost so many.”

But the heroic man did save many others.  For the last 20 years, he’s dedicated his life and his property to Perry’s Orphan Sanctuary, where about 120 stray dogs are homed.

 

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Neighbors Wendy Maher and Mike Dunn help care for the pups.  Maher was tending to some of them outside when she saw Boore racing out of his home.

“He came out and smoke was just pouring out of the house” Maher explained to The Baxter Bulletin.  “He tried to go back in and I wouldn’t let him and I said, ‘You can’t go back in there – you’re going to die!’”

They ran back to the house to open the door and let more dogs escape.  Maher then hurried to her house to call 911.

 

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“There were some little ones that didn’t make it, and it breaks my heart,” Maher said.

Oakland-Promise Land Volunteer Fire Department Chief Lucy Soltysik was one of the first to arrive on the scene, and said the house was already engulfed in flames.  Boore told her a propane heater exploded.

“He was burned on the forehead and the face and had ingested fire from being in the house,” Soltysik told KY3 News.  “He had run in the house two or three times to rescue dogs.”

 

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Boore was airlifted to the burn unit at Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock.  Because of the pain, he has been heavily sedated.

“I know he’s going to be broken-hearted, because I know he’s just sitting there thinking about the ones that didn’t make it out, because he loved them like they were children,” Maher lamented.

She and some other neighbors corralled most of the remaining dogs (a few may still be missing).  They have now taken over their care and are working tirelessly to find homes for the dogs.

 

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“It’s always been [Boore’s] hope to get these dogs adopted,” said Maher.

“We have pretty much everything we need to maintain the dogs and the kennels,” Dunn said. “The place has water, so we’re good there.”

But with dozens of dogs on the property, food goes fast, so help is needed keeping them fed.

“There’s about three bags of food here right now,” Maher said. “Those dogs blink and that food will be gone.”

 

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Boore gets his food from Gregg Farm Services, which is currently accepting donations.  You may call 870-481-5165 for more information.

If you would like to adopt a dog, please contact Dr. Snodgrass of the Baxter County Animal Clinic at 870-425-4525.

If you would like to donate to the online fundraiser, please CLICK HERE.

 

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72 thoughts on “Community Takes Care of Elderly Man’s “Orphans” After Fire

  1. According to the story the man is still alive but some of the comments sound like he passed away, does anyone know if he’s still fighting to live?
    I really wish I could help by adopting one of those sweet dogs but since I am unable to, I can surely donate to the site mentioned to help feed and help with their other needs. I’m sorry for the pups that didn’t make it and I’m sorry for this big hearted man who really made a difference for these dogs.

  2. A brave man that risked his life to save more of his pups. From what I just heard, Perry Boore is still hanging in there and we can all help by donating money to help his neighbors care for the surviving pups. They have enough to worry about without having to worry about money to feed and care for the sweet pups.

  3. Hi is a hero man,save the animals, with out thinking what could happen with him . that’s is unselfishness. God bless you ,and yours dogs

  4. Hi is a hero man,save the animals, with out thinking what could happen with him . that’s is unselfishness. God bless you ,and yours dogs

  5. Wow! This man has obviously taken very good care of these dogs . What an awesome person! The neighbors and others that have stepped in to help are angels too. Please let Perry hang on to his favorites. Wish there were more folks like this in the world. I will be watching to see how all of this goes. Everyone involved are in my prayers. Godspeed !

  6. “Dozens” could mean anywhere from 24 and up. If he was sheltering these dogs that’s fine. They look happy and healthy. If he was hoarding, that’s a different story but I don’t see that

  7. Read the article. He ran a sanctuary for the dogs and looking at some more pictures he had kennels set up and was working to get the dogs that we’re take in as strays, adopted.

  8. I’ve met so many people who did animal rescue work and got overwhelmed with animals. Word gets out that they help animals and the next thing you know people are dumping animals on their doorstep. The rescuer tries to help all the animals they can, often without taking care of themselves, and before you know it their life becomes a living nightmare. They never get a day off and even when sick have to take care of the animals. It usually takes a tragedy like this, where the authorities step in, for them to regain some normalcy in their life, unless the person is a animal hoarder. In which case they overwhelm themselves with animals all over again. Very sad for the person and the animals.

  9. I live in the area and was told there were about 60 dogs in outdoor pens at the sanctuary at the time of the fire. He had some of the younger puppies and smaller dogs in the house with him to keep them warmer. His daughter thinks the loss may be about 10 or so dogs and 4 cats. He is truly a wonderful person, and does a lot for homeless animals in this area. Please share this story so that other can donate if they wish. Perry will need all our help and support. He will probably be in the hospital for several weeks. His family, friends and neighbors are wonderful people to take care of things in his absence.

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