Monday, September 26, 2005

Another Way to Help Animals in New Orleans Affected by Katrina

Yet another way to help.

I have been at the hurricane scene in New Orleans for
over two weeks.
In
this time I have organized search and rescue teams

and food and water
teams
(for the animals on the streets). I have personally
pulled hundreds of
animals from rooftops, attics and houses. It has been
amazing to me
that
these animals are still alive. I got a dog off a roof a
few days ago
who
should have weighed 90 pounds but was down to 40 pounds
from being
stuck on
that roof with no food and water. These animals want
to live and are
showing us this everyday.

Here is the problem. We still have 3,000 addresses of
homes where
animals
are trapped. These are addresses where people have
called either HSUS
or
LASPCA and asked for us to rescue their animals. I know
that there are
thousands of other homes where animals are trapped that
no one called
about. I know this because I have rescued hundreds of
animals from
homes
after hearing barking that were not on our lists.

CONSIDER THIS: Amazingly we are finding that half of
the homes we get
into
have animals still alive. With a MINIMUM of 3,000
addresses that is at
least 1500 animals who are waiting behind closed doors
for a loving
hand to
rescue them. With the current teams we have now we can
only get into
approximately 300 homes each day. The animals will NEVER
be alive if we
continue at this rate. I am begging each and every one of
you to get to
New
Orleans to help.

It does not take a "certified disaster rescuer" to break
into a house
and
at least provide fresh food and water (to sustain that
animal until
someone
qualified can get them out). We only have a week at most
to save some
of
these desperate animals. Please do your part...we are all
the animals
have.


Jane Garrison

While it is usually illegal to break into people's homes

without their
permission, many people are asking rescuers and volunteers

to get food
and
water to these animals, and at the very least one can find
a way of
getting
food and water in.

If you decide to go to Gonzales, food and water volunteers
should
report to
Jane Garrison outside the volunteer food tent by barns 1
and 2. There
is a
6 a.m. briefing every morning.

Large air-conditioned vehicles in which animals can be
transported are
still needed. But Jane's note makes it clear that anybody
with
transport
for him or herself, who can go to houses and feed animals,

regardless
of
being able to transport them, is needed. If you don't have
your own
transport, but can get yourself to Gonzales, you will be

paired up at
the
daily 6am briefing meeting with somebody who has transport.

Louisiana SPCA Shelter established at: 9093 St. Landry Rd.
Gonzales, LA
70737 225-647-0712 (This number may not be answered.)

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