Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Pets and hurricane Katrina

The aftermath of hurricane Katrina is taking its toll on pets as well as people. The sheer number of news stories on people abandoning pets or refusing to leave them behind is telling. The Louisiana SPCA alone has rescued over 400 animals.

On Sep. 6, searching Google News for Katrina pets yielded 3,070 results. One week later there are over 6,000.

The LSU School of Veterinary Medicine has set up an emergency animal shelter to house pets, including horses, until they can be reunited with their owners. Read more in Newsweek: Pets in Peril (Sep 13, 2005).

The American Pet Product Manufacturer's Association (APPMA), one of the main industry trade organizations, has information on how to donate to shelters in need, and another section for shelters in need of donations.

Some organizations helping with animal rescue and care, from CBS News:

Humane Society of the United States
800-486-2631

American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
866-275-3923

American Humane Association

Noah's Wish 530-622-9313

Searching for a lost pet? Visit petfinder.com.

Hotline only for New Orleans residents who had to leave their pets behind: 225-578-6111

Hotline for evacuees in the Houston area who need a place to house their pets: 713-802-0555

Related Posts:
Pet Evac Roundup
PetSmart and FEMA
No-pet policy is 'a lousy plan'
Lesson for FEMA: feed the dog
The dog as part of the family

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