For those of you interested in the animal rescue efforts going on in the wake of Hurricane Katrina,
and how we might contribute to that effort, please see the following article by Steve Dale, a pet behavior
specialist who has a radio show in Chicago, which we received on the SIRIUS Dog Chat mailing list. |
Among other things, Steve's article describes a number of reputable organizations assisting in the hurricane relief effort.
In addition to the organizations listed here, we are aware of another very good organization involved in the Katrina animal rescue efforts, United Animal Nations, 916-429-2457.
How To Help
By Steve Dale
The loss of human life and property as a result of Katrina is unspeakable. But at least one survivor still had something to hold onto, quite literally. On camera, as she held her soggy kitten close to her chest, she said, "No, I did not lose everything. I thank God for what is spared," as she petted her cat, as tears streamed from her eyes.
The good news is that the Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (LA SPCA) was smart enough to heed the warning, evacuating their 263 animals to Houston before the hurricane hit. (Houston proceeded to disperse the animals they couldn't handle to San Antonio and other nearby cities).
In New Orleans, the bad news is that thousands who evacuated leaving their pets behind, assuming they would return in a day or two. Those animals who did not drown are either now starving to death, or have escaped to try and scavenge for food. Prospects of reuniting to ever see their people appear grim. But humane organizations are hoping beyond hope to have the opportunity to get into the city.
As one humane society spokesperson told me, "If we have the opportunity, dealing with pets will be easy compared to what officials have had to confront with at least some people." The news isn't quite as dismal elsewhere in Louisiana, or in Mississippi or Alabama where there's a greater ability to find lost pets; and make-shift shelters and veterinary care through the American Veterinary Medical Association VMAT Team and volunteers from various other groups are gradually getting organized. Many facilities sheltering people don't allow animals, quite literally forcing people to give up their animals. In fact, often times this is exactly why some people may not evacuate to a shelter in the first place - they don't want to leave their animals. People need your help, and the following listing is most certainly is not meant to imply you shouldn't contribute to the Red Cross or other legitimate organizations which fund human assistance. But humane assistance is important too. Companion animals are family to many; entire families require assistance. If you are so inclined here are some verified and legitimate options:
American Kennel Club Canine Support and Relief Fund , visit website or mail a donation to AKC Companion Animal Recovery Canine Support and Relief Fund, c/o American Ken