Katrina Animals Pets ~ September 20, 2005
The Katrina Animal Rescue Resources webpage remains current. Posts for Katrina Animals Pets News from September 19 to August 28, 2005 are below today's post.
Note: The Katrina Animals Pets posts on this blog are mainly focused on larger or national animal rescue group efforts along with the local animal groups in Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas. There are many local efforts of animal groups across the nation. Check your local newspapers and media outlets or ask your local animal groups.
As before, I direct you to:
Katrina National Animal Rescue Groups - Katrina Animal Action Daily Updates: [such as they are!!!]
* Noah’s Wish
* Best Friends
* Animal Emergency Response Network (Petfinder.com database)
See also Animal Rescue Resources on Katrina Help Wiki
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Katrina Animals Pets Issues
Petfinder Update: Tuesday, 20 September 2005, 10:00 am EST
HOORAY for the Marin Humane Society for their family friendly policy to keep Katrina pets in foster homes until Dec 31 to give the pets plenty of time to be reunited with their families
Workers at Lamar Dixon inform us there are close to 4000 records waiting to be entered into the Animal Emergency Rescue Network. These are the records of the animals at the facility as well as those who have been transported to other facilities. Those responsible for the data entry hope it will be complete at the end of this week. Each day there will be more data, so please keep checking if you have lost your pet.
Several well-meaning organizations have rescued many animals, but did not process them through the Louisiana SPCA or Lamar-Dixon. There is no record of those animals. Please encourage all humane organizations in your area that have returned with Katrina animal victims to register their charges with disaster.petfinder.org. This will give the owners a chance to find their pet BEFORE any adoptions take place. The primary goal should be reuniting not adopting. Again, please encourage all organizations to seek reuniting BEFORE adoption. Have all Katrina animal victims registered at disaster.petfinder.org
Updates of Current Animal Welfare Rescue Efforts:
Tuesday, 20 September 2005, 10:00 am EST
These organizations, among others, transferred animals from Lamar-Dixon this past weekend:
Arizona Humane Society in Phoenix; 190 animals were flown there on Saturday.
SPCA of Texas in McKinney; 50 dogs arrived Saturday; staff met the transfer van at 3 a.m. to unload, water and feed the animals.
Kittico Cat Rescue in Dallas; 101 cats are headed to Dallas. Kittico originally intended to transfer 100 felines but added one more cat when they learned the animal's owner is in Dallas. A purr-fect reunion is in the works.
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Pet shelter deadlines at LSU
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) _ The Hurricane Katrina pet shelter at Louisiana State University won't accept new animals after Sept. 30, and will close Oct. ...
AGRICULTURE DEPARTMENT RELEASES GUIDELINES FOR HANDLING ANIMALS ...
Illinois Department of Agriculture (press release), IL
... guidelines for individuals, animal rescue organizations, humane societies and shelters who are taking in animals displaced by Hurricane Katrina to follow in ...
Oregon National Guard soldiers return from Gulf Coast
... from the grime, crime and foul odors of the areas ravaged by Hurricane Katrina. ... The soldiers were instructed not to attempt to help the animals in order to ...
Specialist Ashley Harris said she was not prepared for the smell, which reminded her of a "giant sewer", or the large numbers of stranded and stray dogs.
The soldiers were instructed not to attempt to help the animals in order to minimize the chances of spreading disease.
Portland Couple Helps Rescue Pets After Hurricane
... Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast, a Portland couple is back home from the region. They went there to rescue and give shelter to hundreds of animals ...
Hurricane Rita Threatens Lives of Thousands of Homeless Animals Held in Unsafe Staging Areas Along Gulf Coast in Wake of Katrina
PR Newswire (press release), NY
As Hurricane Rita approaches the Gulf Coast, North Shore Animal League America, the world's largest no-kill pet adoption organization, is calling on the United States Government to take "immediate action" to evacuate the thousands of homeless animals which are being held in unsafe staging areas in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. The League's lead veterinarian, Dr. Eve Ognibene, who has been on location for several weeks managing emergency rescue efforts, warns that Hurricane Rita could have devastating consequences for the thousands of helpless animals who are already struggling to survive in the extremely dangerous conditions that exist in the animal staging areas along the Gulf Coast.
PETA OFFERS URGENT INFORMATION FOR SAFEGUARDING ANIMALS DURING TROPICAL STORM (Rita)
Group Warns Against Repeating Deadly Mistakes Made During Katrina
PETA (press release), VA
... IMPORTANT NOTE: The government failed the animals in zones affected by Hurricane Katrina. People in the stricken areas didn’t ...
PETA RESCUE TEAM ARRIVES IN RICHMOND WITH 32 CANINE SURVIVORS OF ...
PETA (press release), VA
Members of one of PETA’s Hurricane Katrina animal rescue teams will be ... Jason Baker, Hayden Fowler, and Linda Tyrrell are bringing the animals to Hampton Roads ...
The 32 dogs?who have all been microchipped for tracking and identification purposes?have all had preliminary veterinary exams and will be placed in temporary foster care. PETA staff will be in constant contact with volunteers in New Orleans in order to try to reunite the animals with their families. PETA is hoping that unclaimed dogs?who run the gamut from purebreds to mutts?will find good homes in Hampton Roads.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Humane Society of the United States Provides Grant of $100,000 to Help Animals at Louisiana State University Coliseum
GONZALES, La. (September 19, 2005) - The Humane Society of the United States today announced a grant of $100,000 to support the emergency animal shelter operated in Baton Rouge by the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine and the Louisiana Veterinary Medical Association. The shelter, located in the LSU AgCenter’s John M. Parker Coliseum in Baton Rouge, has taken in over 1,000 animals displaced by Hurricane Katrina, and has helped to facilitate the fostering of owned animals. These animals are temporarily placed at the facility by their owners and are expected to be reclaimed.
Announcing the grant, HSUS President and CEO Wayne Pacelle said, "The response of the veterinarians and volunteers who organized this shelter on a moment’s notice has given hope to evacuees who had to relinquish their pets when Katrina struck. LSU has filled a crucial need in a desperate moment."
Since the Parker Coliseum shelter opened on August 31, veterinarians, technicians, students, and volunteers from across the United States and from Canada have kept it running even as the facility quickly reached full capacity. During the first 48 hours of operation, over 500 animals came in.
By Friday, September 16, the shelter was home to 907 companion animals (553 dogs, 323 cats, and varying numbers of pigs, rabbits, guinea pigs, ferrets, hamsters, gerbils, mice, tortoises and birds). The shelter reached peak capacity on September 12, with 1,287 animals in residence.
"We are enormously grateful to The Humane Society of the United States for helping us during our time of great need," said Dr. Michael Groves, dean of the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine. "We will use this money to house, feed, and treat animals under our care, and we hope to reunite these animals with their owners."
The HSUS, in cooperation with the Louisiana SPCA, the ASPCA, and other organizations, are overseeing a larger operation at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales, Louisiana. There, HSUS Disaster Animal Response Team (DART) members are conducting full-scale search and rescue operations in New Orleans and surrounding parishes. Teams are also setting out food and water in all accessible parts of the city.
Animal care and control professionals are sheltering nearly 2,000 rescued animals at Lamar-Dixon, and hundreds each day are being transported to local humane societies in Louisiana and outside of the state, in order to create more room for rescued animals brought back to the site each day by field teams. More than 350 animals at the site have been reclaimed by their owners.
Animal Animal Protection Organizations Establish Reconstruction Fund for Animal Shelters Devastated By Hurricane Katrina
PR Newswire (press release), NY
Tuesday September 20, 2:53 pm ET
WASHINGTON and NEW YORK, Sept. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- The Humane Society of the United States and the ASPCA® (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) today announced the creation of a reconstruction fund to rebuild animal welfare organizations damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.
The ASPCA and HSUS are each donating an initial $2.5 million, for a total of $5 million, which will be used to reconstruct animal shelters that were destroyed by Hurricane Katrina and to restore the capacity of animal protection work in the region. They are seeking total funding of $10 - $15 million for shelter reconstruction, and will begin appealing immediately to pet-friendly corporations, the government, and other sources to attain the financial goal.
"The amount of devastation in the affected region is unprecedented and the public has been extremely generous in donating to animal welfare disaster relief funds," said Edwin Sayres, president and CEO of the ASPCA. "Once the rescue and recovery efforts have been completed, it will take months, if not years to restore the organizations."
"The destruction of several humane societies in the Gulf region is an immediate and long-term threat to the well-being of animals in large portions of Louisiana and Mississippi," says Wayne Pacelle, HSUS president and CEO. "It is critical that we rebuild the humane infrastructure to provide the tools for animal care in communities on the Gulf coast."
Disaster response teams from The HSUS, ASPCA, and other organizations have been on the ground in the affected regions of Louisiana and Mississippi since August 29th and will continue to rescue pets and other animal victims of the hurricane. Temporary sheltering operations -- which are now among the largest de facto animal shelters in the country -- are set up at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales, LA, and in Hattiesburg, MS. Hundreds of volunteers along with animal welfare professionals are assisting with rescue and relief efforts and the operation of emergency animal shelters. Persons looking for a lost or displaced pet should go to http://disaster.petfinder.com/emergency or visit the shelters at Gonzales and Hattiesburg to look for their pets.
Among the facilities destroyed are the Louisiana SPCA in New Orleans and the Humane Society of South Mississippi, located in Gulfport, MS. Before the hurricane struck, LA-SPCA shelter staff evacuated their animals to the Houston SPCA. The LA-SPCA provides care and basic medical services for approximately 11,000 homeless and unwanted animals each year.
Before the disaster, the Humane Society of South Mississippi sheltered 15,000 animals per year and provided a full-service medical clinic. According to the society's web site, its building took on four feet of water and all of its vehicles were destroyed by the hurricane. On September 2, a disaster animal response team helped the Mississippi shelter evacuate more than 130 animals.
In the coming months, The HSUS and the ASPCA will evaluate the needs of the affected communities. The groups will also reach out to corporate partners to leverage their initial gifts.
Animal rescuers need local volunteers
Daily Comet, Thibodeaux, LA
The Pasado Safe Haven group is in great need of local volunteers.
The group, which as set up a facility at the property of Louis St. Martin in Raceland, is focused on saving pets in the New Orleans area that have been lost or abandoned because of Hurricane Katrina.
Volunteers are needed to help care for and feed the animals once they are brought to the Raceland facility until they can be adopted or relocated. People are needed at all hours of the day, so scheduling times volunteer is easy and convenient.
All volunteer work would be done in Raceland at the Pasado Safe Haven facility.
Contact Kim Sgro at 425-283-8307 to volunteer.
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... home from Mississippi to South Carolina with Gimenez as a happy example of one of the many stories of animals saved in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. ...
Rescued Cats [Cat's Cradle]
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Decision on mandatory evacuation expected today
KHOU (subscription), TX
... City officials announced Monday that people could bring their pets on city buses as they evacuated. The animals need to be in cages. ...
Hurricane victim’s hasty note reunites dog, owner
Santa Cruz Sentinel, CA - 1 hour ago... brought smiles in what could have been another sad story of Hurricane Katrina. ... It doesn’t normally house animals at its facility; they usually are housed by ...
Scientists lose track of four aquarium dolphins washed into Gulf ...
... trained dolphins that spilled from their Gulfport aquarium tank into the Gulf of Mexico during Hurricane Katrina. Scientists are concerned the animals may not ...
Scientists hunt dolphins spilled from aquarium
Jackson Clarion Ledger, MS
... the last four trained dolphins that spilled from their Gulfport aquarium tank into the Gulf of Mexico during Hurricane Katrina, concerned the animals may not ...
Seabees Provide Home for Dolphins Displaced During Katrina
... displaced when a reported 40-foot storm surge caused by Hurricane Katrina destroyed their ... Our role is to provide and maintain a place for these animals to live ...
Animals from hurricane-affected areas arrive at LAX
... Katrina have arrived in Los Angeles. The planeload of cats and dogs arrived Monday night at Los Angeles International Airport. SPCA LA says the animals will be ...
'No pets' policy is traumatic
Athens Banner-Herald (subscription), GA
... and consistent with Louisiana law, which correctly regards abandoning animals as an ... with animal organizations but apparently abandoned in the wake of Katrina. ...
Katrina animal victims arrive
Whittier Daily News, CA
About 150 animals displaced by Hurricane Katrina arrived at Los Angeles International Airport Monday night, a landing for which ani mal rescue workers from ...
A dog and owner reunite after the storm
Daily Press, VA
... She volunteered for about 10 days in Slidell with Noah's Wish, a nonprofit group that has rescued more than 640 animals stranded by Katrina. ...
Evacuee heading back to New Orleans to find cat
The State, SC
Bill Hicks, a survivor of Hurricane Katrina who has settled in Columbia, will return ... La., about 30 miles from Baton Rouge, where thousands of animals are being ...
Disaster is a nightmare come to life for Katrina animals
Greenville Daily Reflector, NC
By Greg Eans, The Daily Reflector
Dispatched to Monroe to relieve one of her teammates and take charge as incident commander, she is running an animal shelter in the Monroe Civic Center. It is a temporary home for animals with known owners who have been displaced by the storm. These pets are housed along with animals pulled from the floodwaters who may or may not have an owner.
At her disposal is a team of trained volunteers throughout the country that can respond to a disaster within 24 hours. Tyson and volunteers already in Monroe have set up shop and will care for the animals while searching for their owners. She will stay until the job is complete, two weeks on, and two weeks off.
Many animals at the shelter were brought in by their owners before the storm. Now, they come by daily to walk and visit, sharing their stories with other evacuees. Sometimes they sit in the pens with their dogs, for hours.
If she were keeping score, Tyson, the Mid-Atlantic regional director of the United Animal Nations Emergency Rescue Services, or EARS, would rank last week an all-time high, as well as an all-time low, on the same page in that journal.
In Monroe, she operates a top-notch shelter, one that eases the minds of those whose homes were destroyed and are looking for a safe place for their pets. She does not take part in the rescue element of EARS.
Tyson is concerned for the animals in the grocery store parking lots. She, with help from the Monroe Bayou Kennel Club, has secured a new location for the shelter: farmland on the outskirts of town. On Friday, they began moving.
Once there, they will focus on helping those animals waiting for shelter and reuniting them with their owners.
When a disaster occurs, emotions are sensitive and tensions flare up. Tyson must cope with these realities, but somehow stay cool, and keep her intense feelings at bay to focus on the exhausting, seemingly endless, tasks at hand.
By week's end, Tyson and her crew of volunteers will have moved the existing shelter at the Monroe Civic Center to its new location. There, they will begin receiving animals with critical needs. They will have the capacity to shelter 300 dogs. While the strain clearly will be great, Tyson will get them through it, one more time.