Thursday, September 01, 2005

Local Information to Help Animals Affected by Hurricane Katrina: Animal Evacuation and Recovery Plan

More localized information. Probably good to pass on to those you may know down there.

Louisiana SPCA: http://www.la-spca.org/forms/donations.htm

Louisiana Veterinary Medical Association (which seems to be coordinating
the rescues): http://www.lvma.org/

ANIMAL EVACUATION AND RECOVERY PLAN
FOR NEW ORLEANS

Baton Rouge (08/31/05) - The Department of Agriculture and Forestry is
coordinating with the Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to
Animals (LA/SPCA), the Louisiana Veterinary Veterinary Association (LVMA),
and the Louisiana Animal Control Association (LACA) to manage animal
evacuations and recovery plans for New Orleans pets and displaced animals.

PETS TRAVELING WITH OWNERS
The LVMA is currently accepting pets at the Blackham Coliseum in Lafayette,
LSU in Shreveport, Monroe Civic Center for small animals and the Ike
Hamilton Center for large animals in Monroe, the Farmer's Market in
Alexandria and the LSU AgCenter/Parker Coliseum in Baton Rouge. Owners must
be housed in a Red Cross shelter; owners are responsible for caring for
their animals, including feeding and cleaning. Animals will be accepted 24
hours a day. The Baton Rouge Area Veterinary Medical Association is
triaging animal medical needs at the LSU AgCenter.

PEOPLE WITH PETS WHO ARE CURRENTLY EVACUATING NEW ORLEANS
The LA/SPCA will transport animals from pick-up points in New Orleans to
the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center. The pick-up points have not yet been
determined and are being coordinated with the agency charged with
transporting people from New Orleans to other areas.

The Lamar-Dixon Expo Center, 9039 St. Landry Rd., Gonzales, LA., will serve
as the primary staging area. Once the shelter is full, animals will be
moved to temporary shelters in other areas of Louisiana and Texas.

The LA/SPCA Dorothy Dorsett Brown Mobile Veterinary Center will be at the
Lamar-Dixon Center to treat incoming animals as needed.

CONFINED PETS STILL IN DISASTER AREA
Beginning on September 1, residents who left pets in their homes may call a
hot line to leave information about the number of animals, species, and
their confined location. As soon as the hotline number is obtained, we will
advise the media. WE CANNOT ENTER THE NEW ORLEANS METROPOLITAN AREA UNTIL
APPROVAL IS GRANTED FROM STATE OFFICIALS.

DONATIONS
Financial donations are being accepted to fund the care of the displaced
animals through the Walter J. Ernst Jr. Foundation at LVMA. Call
1-800-928-LVMA or visit HYPERLINK "http://www.lvma.org" www.lvma.org for
more information.

A regional donation center is being established. Our needs include: NEW
large air kennels and metal cages, leashes, disposable bowls, canned cat
and dog food, disposable litter pans, spray bleach, paper towels, sheets,
towels, locks, hoses, bottled water, trash cans, trash bags, pooper
scoopers, cat litter, extension cords, fans.

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