Couple ready to expand efforts rescuing animals

November 19, 2018

MADISON — A couple who have a demonstrated history of rescuing injured and abandoned animals received approval to build a kennel southwest of Norfolk, following a pair of public hearings earlier this week.

Carl and Tamara Darville received a zoning change from Rural Residential to Agricultural Intensive on five acres they own about two miles south and four miles west of Norfolk near the intersection of South 49th Street and West South Airport Road. Some neighboring properties are zoned Agricultural Intensive.

They also received a corresponding conditional-use permit to build a 16-kennel building. Both requests were approved 3-0 by the Madison County board of commissioners on Wednesday.

The Darvilles have been operating a nonprofit animal rescue at the site, have a nonprofit tax ID number and have their operations routinely inspected.

They are part of Furbaby Rescue, which specializes in the search and rescue and capture of lost, missing, found or stolen animals.

Tamara Darville said they often rescue animals left in the country that somebody “didn’t want anymore.”

They give the animals veterinary care, rehabilitate them and train them. She said they have rescued more than 1,200 animals over the past six years.

“We have a lot of the community that wants to come out and volunteer for us,” she said.

The Darvilles said the kennel will have room for 16 animals and will include a cat sanctuary in one corner. They have seen cats and dogs shot, ran over or thrown out car windows, she said.

“We have seen some pretty horrific things in our six years doing this, but it is our goal to continue,” Tamara said.

The Darvilles said they have had a lot of success getting the animals adopted, including recently a woman from California coming to adopt a dog and another from New York planning to adopt one.

Besides dogs and cats, they have taken care of horses, owls, ducks and others.

“We take anything that needs to be rescued,” Carl said.

Depending on the animals, after rehabilitation, some are then released back into the wild.

They rely on donations and volunteers to help, but only take animals in rural areas. That includes some brought from the Madison County Sheriff’s Office.

They have also rescued animals from South Dakota and Iowa, they said.

Gail Frevert of Norfolk was one of the women who spoke on behalf of the Darvilles. Frevert said the Darvilles have helped many animals over the years.

“Tammy has an extraordinary way of working with animals and patience. We’ve had dogs identified as being dumped out in the country and very scared and they won’t be approachable, but it might take her days, weeks or months, but she’s been able to get them caught. And like she said, she rehabilitates them and finds them good homes.”

During discussions, one of the conditions was clarified. A 6-foot fence will be required for the kennel, but not all around the building — just around the part that holds dogs going outside.

The Darvilles said as an added security, they will bury hog panels so a dog that likes to dig cannot dig under the fence and get out.

The permit will be good for three years but subject to review if there are verifiable complaints. If there are no complaints, it can be extended automatically.

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