The ‘Tik Tok’ singer and animal lover helps flood-ravaged city’s stranded pets

By Helin Jung
Updated May 19, 2010 05:39 PM

Nashville resident Ke$ha was heading home for her first two-day break in months. She had heard about heavy rains and flooding, but it wasn’t until the “Tik Tok” singer’s plane was flying over the devastated city that she saw it was literally awash.

“Places I used to hang out, parks I would go to, schools I’ve been to, they were all underwater,” Ke$ha tells “All you could see was a roof in the middle of a lake.”

Her mother, Pebe Sebert, picked Ke$ha up from the airport and heard on the radio that the local animal shelter had been overwhelmed by abandoned pets.

“The pets were left alone [in flooded homes],” Ke$ha says. “A lot of them unfortunately died, but a lot of them were left stranded without food.”

The pop star, a longtime animal lover who has five dogs she’s rescued from places like Honduras and Mexico, felt the need to act. Without stopping home, mother and daughter went straight to Sam’s Club, and loaded up the minivan with a thousand pounds of dog and cat food, and headed over to the Nashville Metro Animal Shelter.

“I was wheeling massive amounts of dog food and I was with my mom and we both got a little emotional,” she says. “Sometimes animals get left behind when people are going through tragedy.”

The pop star will be helping the people of her beloved hometown, as well, with a benefit concert. “It’s one of the best cities in the world. It has such a history with music, and it’s made me who I am. It’s going through such a huge tragedy right now and I just want to be here to help rebuild.”

To learn about ways that you can help, visit the Nashville Humane Association online or Nashville’s Metro Animal Care and Control.