KUSA - On Sept. 12, Lisa Sewarniak was at work when evacuations were ordered for her neighborhood in Loveland. She could not return to grab her belongings and, more importantly, her two cats and four birds.
Sewarniak worried for their safety and health, since one of her cats is epileptic and required daily medication. Flood damage prevented anyone from going in to rescue them that first day.
But thanks to the help of strangers who came together, a mission to get her pets was formed.
Lindsie Roth, the daughter of Sewarniak's boss, contacted Ryan Shepard who was in the Air Force Auxiliary. He had been involved in helping out during the flood disaster.
They borrowed a trailer and an ATV from a generous stranger and, the next day, they headed up to Loveland where they had made arrangements with law enforcement to rescue the animals from her house.
Shepard and Roth drove through an off-road trail and then hiked down the canyon wall in a thunderstorm to Sewarniak's house.
They were able to rescue the animals on Sept 23. and also help a man get out of the ghost town faster.
Despite the treacherous roads and hike, Shepard said the happiness Sewarniak's eyes made "every difficulty faced," worth it.
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