Chicken Run Rescue lies in the heart of the area damaged by tornadoes on May 22. In the picture above you can see Mary Britton Clouse, at right, surveying the damage. Here is an account from their Facebook page:
Chicken Run Rescue is located in in the affected North Minneapolis neighborhood of the tornado that hit on 5/22/11--some of the worst devastation came within feet of our property.
We and the animals, are still in shock but OK. Our house is home to us, the animals and our business and we are so very fortunate that our damage was minor. Other homes in the neighborhood within feet of us were demolished--people already struggling before the storm.
We sustained some minor roof damage when our 30 ft Canadian Cherry fell on a porch roof, garage and one of the pens. That tree was the last remaining mature tree on our property--we planted it 30 years ago and loved it dearly like an old friend. Bert was in the garage and I was struggling to close a window in our aviary when the tornado hit. 5 budgies and two ringneck doves in the aviary were nervous but fine. Our dog, Jade, and kitty, Taylor, were safe in the house and surprisingly calm through it all. All but 2 of the chickens were in the basement when it hit, and the 2 hens, Katie and Capezio, were in the pen where the tree came down on it but thanks to solid pen roof construction by our amazing volunteer St. Dave, they were terrified but fine.