Many pets and animals in Alexander County made it through the flooding because of Union County Animal Control Deputy Derk Wright.
He went out every day, filling bowls for local dogs and cats. In a week, the animals went through 300 to 400 pounds of food. Wright says it's not exactly his job, but it's one he's more than happy to do.
"Taking care of all the animals in our county, it takes away to have to be here. But it's well worth it to know that we have the opportunity to save or help the ones that were in trouble." Wright says.
The Union County Animal Shelter is now trying to get federal funding to help abandoned animals when a disaster hits southern Illinois.