Sunday, September 18, 2005

Katrina Animals Pets ~ September 18, 2005

The Katrina Animal Rescue Resources webpage remains current. Posts for Katrina Animals Pets News from September 17 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 ( database)

See also Animal Rescue Resources on Katrina Help Wiki
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Katrina Animals Pets Issues

Katrina Disaster Animal Rescue Update: [press release]
PrimeZone via Yahoo! Finance
Noah's Wish, a not-for-profit organization that works exclusively to rescue and shelter animals in disasters, is caring for 642 rescued animals at a temporary shelter in Slidell, Louisiana.

Animal lovers flock to Houma to aid displaced pets
The Daily Comet
RACELAND -- With the efficiency of a search-and-rescue team, animal lifesavers from several states have spent weeks scouting for pets left behind after Hurricane Katrina and relocate them to safety.
Mark Steinway, co-founder of Pasado’s Safe Haven in Seattle, is now camped at the barn along with a horde of volunteers dedicated to saving as many pets as they can, and eventually find the traumatized animals a loving home.

Temporary Louisiana Shelter Poised to Accept More Animals
September 17, 2005 [posted on HSUS website September 18, 2005]
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana – Approximately 25 shelters from around the country have formally offered to take between 30 and 200 dogs and cats each from the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales, where more than 1,200 animals are temporarily housed on a sprawling compound northeast of New Orleans. Another 15 or so shelters have unofficially asked commanders at the emergency facility for animals as well.
The main obstacle preventing the movement of animals out of Louisiana is a state regulation requiring that pets owned by residents must be held in Louisiana for at least 30 days. But today, during a meeting between state and federal officials overseeing disaster animal services, Louisiana state veterinarian Maxwell Lea and assistant state veterinarian Martha Littlefield gave oral approval for Lamar-Dixon officials to start shipping out all appropriate animals—with the caveat that the animals be easily tracked down by owners.
Dave Pauli, director of The HSUS's Northern Rockies Regional Office and the incident commander at Lamar-Dixon, assured the state vets that the exported animals would be traceable. All animals leaving the Gonzales facility are microchipped and digitally photographed, he said, with their information to be placed on the website, Pauli added that he wants pets owned by Louisiana residents transported only to shelters in nearby states.
Easing the holding rules will help officials at Lamar-Dixon free up some desperately needed space. State and federal authorities had capped the number of animals allowed at the compound at 1,300, a number that Lamar-Dixon reached and exceeded in less than a week of operation. That meant if rescuers wanted to bring in 200 dogs, compound officials had to move out 200 dogs to other shelters.
But until today, Lamar-Dixon could only transport out of state stray animals and surrendered pets from Orleans Parish, the jurisdiction that includes New Orleans. All others had to remain in Louisiana.
Pauli predicted that within 24 hours or so, after officials review shelter applications and decide which animals are appropriate for transport, many more dogs and cats would be leaving the Lamar-Dixon shelter than in recent days. Somewhere between 200 and 600 animals are moved out of Lamar-Dixon daily, although some days the number has been lower. With more space freed up on Saturday, September 17, rescue teams brought in more than 400 newly rescued animals.
Executives from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) and The HSUS are reviewing shelter applications thoroughly to make sure that each approved facility provides first-class care for the exported pets. Shelters that pass muster will still be required to hold the animals until September 30; the shelters will then be able to "conditionally foster" the pets from October 1 to October 15, meaning that the foster parent must surrender the animal if the original owner wants to reclaim the pet. After October 16, the animals can be put up for adoption.
The HSUS will pay the costs to fly back any animal in another state who has been reclaimed by his or her owner.

Temporary Animal Shelter in Hattiesburg Housing 500 Rescued Katrina Pets
09/16/2005 Press Release [posted on HSUS website September 18, 2005]
HATTIESBURG, Miss. and WASHINGTON - Mississippi residents looking for pets who were lost or left behind during Hurricane Katrina, should go to the temporary emergency animal shelter in Hattiesburg to see if their pet has been recovered. The facility is not taking phone calls at this time.
More than 500 animals are currently at the Hattiesburg facility. These are animals rescued from southern Mississippi counties. Persons coming to the shelter should bring as much evidence as possible of their residence and their ownership of the animal. This will be a controlled process to ensure that animals are reunited with their rightful owners.
The shelter is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and located at the Forrest County Multipurpose Center, 952 Sullivan Drive, Barn E.The facility is off Route 49 souteast of Hattiesburg.
In addition, the animal shelters in both Hattiesburg, Miss. and Gonzales, La. are not accepting any more unsolicited, “in-kind” donations of supplies. The shelters are at capacity with supplies and cannot manage any more.

Humane Society to the rescue
The Arizona Humane Society sent three teams to New Orleans to help the animals left behind after Hurricane Katrina. Some of the ...
Abandoned animals head to Phoenix
KPHO Phoenix

Valley to get displaced pets
East Valley Tribune, AZ
September 17, 2005
Noah’s Ark is coming to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. Hundreds of abandoned cats and dogs will be airlifted from flooded Louisiana and flown to the Valley on Sunday aboard two Arizona Air National Guard KC-135 tankers.
As many as 300 animals will take the three-hour flight, each placed in protective crates tied to the floor with bungee cord, said Kim Noetzel, spokeswoman for the Arizona Humane Society. The pilots will be the only humans on board because the short flight means no one needs to tend to the animals, she said. Arizona Air International Guard spokesman Capt. Paul Aguirre confirmed the military’s plans to bring the animals to Phoenix. After the animals arrive at Sky Harbor, they will be taken to a shelter to undergo a thorough check-in process. Each will be scanned for identification microchips and be given one if they don’t have one already. Vaccinations will be administered and each will be fitted with a new collar. Each pet will be photographed and its picture posted on the Web site The society plans to adopt out the animals. But those who decide to take in a homeless dog or cat will have to agree to foster care for four to six weeks, giving families of misplaced animals enough time to check out the Web site and locate their pets. If families identify their pets and want them back, the animal will have to be returned to them. None of the animals will be euthanized, Noetzel said. The Arizona Humane Society contacted the Guard for help after a desperate search for a reasonable mode of transportation was exhausted. They couldn’t send the animals by train because it would take too long and would have to be staffed. They couldn’t send them back by bus, and they were having a tough time finding an airline that would agree to take all of the animals. Aguirre said "Operation Noah’s Ark" won’t cost taxpayers anything because the empty planes were already scheduled to return to Arizona after dropping off members of the New Mexico National Guard in New Orleans.

Dog's uncertain fate could have been prevented
Salem Statesman Journal, OR
... Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals ( were rescuing thousands of pets abandoned or lost after Hurricane Katrina smashed into the ...

Animal warden goes to work curing pets, finding owners
Lynchburg News and Advance, VA
... La., where he is helping care for pets separated from their owners by Katrina. ... Management Agency task force, Craig’s job is to help animals get healthy again ...

Dogs in crisis and tragedy
Charlotte Sun-Herald, FL
... And, unfortunately, there is ample crisis to cover with Katrina's rage dominating our domestic ills. So what about the animals? ...

Animal shelters offer hope at finding missing friends
Auburn Citizen, NY
... hundreds of other pet owners each day at this Noah's ark of Katrina's aftermath, and ... People were staying because they wouldn't leave their animals," says Wayne ...

Woman assists animal shelter
Hattiesburg American, MS
... Friedersdorff is a Tulane University graduate and Sullivan said she talked to many of his friends in New Orleans who did not leave because of their pets. ...

Saving the lost pets of New Orleans [Photos]
Naples Daily News (subscription), FL
... and move on to other tasks in the momentous job of rescuing the thousands of pets left behind on the streets of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina ravaged New ...

Cash and 'Cat 5' Chaos
The gold rush: Contractors and prospectors are flooding the Gulf Coast to grab their piece of the biggest reconstruction ever. If only FEMA could stop fumbling.
With so much at stake, and with FEMA still struggling to right itself, the reconstruction effort is beginning to feel as chaotic as the days immediately after Katrina. Reports of snafus are widespread:
n With thousands of starving animals wandering New Orleans, the federal disaster agency placed an emergency $28,370 order with PetsMart for 970 wire pet crates on Sept. 9. The pet-supply chain jumped at the chance to help, even waiving delivery charges, a spokeswoman says. Over four days, FEMA first changed its order, canceled it, reinstated it, put it on hold and finally demanded it. But when the PetsMart truck arrived at a New Orleans naval base Friday, it was initially turned away. When the driver finally gained entry, he drove around the base all day, racking up 152 miles, to find someone to take delivery. The tail-chasing experience left PetsMart "frustrated and disappointed." FEMA admits "kinks" in the process, but says it was its first big pet rescue.

Rescue operation moving to Michoud
Times Picayune
Friday, 8:02 p.m.
A rescue effort started by a New Iberia veterinarian in St. Bernard Parish is moving into bigger quarters at the Michoud facility in eastern New Orleans.
Veterinarian Eric White started collecting pets and strays on Sept. 2, ferrying as many as he could back to his clinic and the Iberia Humane Society, where the animals were cleaned, treated and photographed in the hope of reuniting them with owners, said White's wife, Marilynn White. "He's brought about 100 back," she said. "You cannot imagine the overwhelmingness of this endeavor," Marilynn White said. "They leave at three in the morning, and come back at 11 at night" with animals from St. Bernard."Then another whole crew bathes them, walks them," she said. Some are being sheltered at White's clinic and some are a shelter operated by the Iberia Humane Society, of which White is a board member.
White's task was made a little easier when he got the use of a barn near Aycock Street in Arabi to shelter the animals, and he received donations gathered through a Florida animal group alerted to his efforts through the Internet. He was able to construct temporary pens in the barn to separate dogs by gender, size and temperament, Marilynn White said.
Since then, the Georgia National Guard also stepped in to help, and now the effort is being coordinated by Rani Rathburn of the guard, she said.
Plans now are to move the shelter to a hangar at Michoud, on Saturday. Help now includes three more veterinarians, Marilynn White said. "They have about 250 dogs there...They are trying hard to leave the animals here (in the New Orleans area) and to reunite them with their owners," she said.
All the pets rescued by White can be viewed at the Iberia Humane Society Web site, Donations to help the effort also can be directed to the Iberia Humane Society, care of Acadiana Pet Spa, 1919 Sugar Oaks Road, New Iberia, La., 70563. Donations should be marked "Katrina - Dr. White," Marilynn White said.
There are reportedly thousands more animals roaming still in St. Bernard Parish, said Marie Brossard of the St. Martin Humane Society. Brossard said she has helped field hundreds of emails form St. Bernard residents who heard of White's work and who asked him to rescue their pets.