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Pets & Animals in Distress - Sept 3, 2005
PAW e-Newsletter Hurricane Katrina Rescue Update

Hurricane Katrina has dealt a devastating blow to the Gulf Coast that
has left people and animals in trying and frightening conditions that
will take years for the region to recover.

Pets & Animals in Distress volunteers have been of the phones
contacting shelters in the disaster areas that are taking in animals to offer
our immediate assistance to help with food and supplies that are needed.
This is a massive relief undertaking that will require relief
organizations, animal shelters, rescue groups and government agencies to
coordinate and network together to help in the relief efforts for the animals.
Pets & Animals in Distress is also in direct contact and working with
our friends at The Meow Mix Company along with Purina Foods to arrange
to get food and supplies donated and delivered to those disaster area
shelters and communities that need help.

Pets & Animals in Distress has received many distress calls and e-mails
about animals that were left behind in the disaster area - primarily in
the New Orleans area. Many people were forced to leave their homes
during and in the aftermath of the hurricane and couldn't bring their
animal friends with them. We know and understand the anguish these
caregivers are going through and want to assist in the rescue of these helpless

We are in contact with relief organizations like the SPCA in New
Orleans, Noah's Wish Foundation, Humane Society and several other animal
shelters that are on the ground in the disaster areas. We are immediately
passing on any information that we receive about any animals that need
to be rescued and saved. Many animals are now being saved and rescued
from homes and being reunited back to families.

We have spoken to Roger Smith Regional Disaster Relief Coordinator for
Noah's Wish Foundation organization who informed us that Teri Crisp,
Director of Noah's Wish is now at the Slidell Animal Shelter, in
Louisiana were shelter officials have put Noah's Wish in charge of helping to
oversee the relief efforts of the overwhelming influx of abandoned and
rescued animals that have come into their shelter that normally houses
about 50 animals and is now well over 300.

Pets & Animals in Distress has been making great progress networking
with many of these relief organizations and shelters, sharing information
and contacts and coordinating our relief efforts. We thank our many
volunteers and everyone that is working tirelessly a round the clock
making phone calls, sending out e-mails, coordinating and organizing relief
efforts to bring in supplies and to help rescue and save as many
animals as we possibly can. It is an overwhelming challenge that is ahead of
us for many months, BUT WE CAN DO IT!

I had the opportunity to speak with Laura who is with the SPCA of New
Orleans that is at ground zero that is surrounded by of all the chaos.
We have been told that city officials are now allowing them to go in
and rescue the many animals that were left behind in homes. I also have
spoken to a lady named Linda Coker from New Orleans that had been
visiting her family in Alabama when the hurricane hit. She had left her 2
cats and 2 dogs behind with enough food and water for a week but
couldn't go back because of the evacuation and has been very frantic and
upset trying to get her animals rescued. It was reported that the animals
were alive as of Tuesday from a neighbor. We have passed a description
of the animals and the address of where they are located to the SPCA in
New Orleans who will go to the location to see if they are still there
and rescue them.

There are still many animals that are left inside homes that need to be
rescued. We are putting out a SPECIAL ANIMAL BOLO ALERT and are asking
anyone that may know someone that had to evacuate the disaster areas
that had companion animals that they had to leave behind to please
have them contact Pets & Animals in Distress at:
contact@petsandanimals.org or call (954) 202-9991. We are compiling a
list of animals that need to be rescued to pass on to affiliate
relief organizations, rescue groups shelters and volunteers in those areas
who are already on the ground rescuing stranded animals.

When contacting us please ask them to include:

Contact/ Owners name

Contact phone numbers / e-mail address

Address where the animals are

Name(s) of animal(s)

Description of animal(s)

Please cross post pass this urgent message on to as many people as
you can as time is of the essence.

I also spoke to Danine who is the Shelter Manager with the Humane
Society of Monroe, Louisiana that is about 4 hours away from New Orleans,
who said that their shelter has been inundated with many animals that
were dropped off by pet owners because of the evacuation and are now being
cared for along with many other animals that have been rescued and
brought in on a daily basis and are in need of food and supplies. We have
contacted our friends at The Meow Mix Company who have offered to help
with food and will have several pallets of food delivered to their
shelter within the next few days. We are coordinating to have more food
delivered to help other shelters in other disaster areas. We are
asking any shelters that are taking in Hurricane animals in need of food or
assistance to contact Pets & Animals in Distress at

This is a massive relief undertaking that will require the help,
efforts and teamwork from many other animal relief organizations, shelters,
rescue groups, volunteers and agencies from all over the U.S. to
coordinate and network together to help in the biggest animal relief effort
that is ahead of all of us to help rescue and save the hurricane
animals. The impact of this disaster crisis will be felt for months and years
to come.

We would like to dedicate the very end of this e-newsletter to those of
you who responded to our urgent appeal to help us with their monthly
and one time donations, thus providing us with the funding that will
assure that we will be able to continue our ongoing vital relief work and
efforts to help the animals in the future.

Please keep the people and animals in your prayers. Thank you to
everyone for your generosity, support and prayers in these very difficult
times of need. We need you now. God Bless!


Brenda Beck, President
Pets & Animals in Distress
"Your Best Friends Helping Our Best Friends"


Organization Contact Phone/ Name

SPCA of New Orleans area: Laura 434-589-1499
Northwest Louisiana Humane Soc. Nancy 318-219-7387504-366-8972
Humane Society of Monroe Danine 318-387-9553
Humane Society of Central Louisiana 318-641-0458
Caddo Commission Animal Svcs. Anita Mills 318-222-6624
Lafayette Parish Animal Control 337-291-5644
Noah's Wish Foundation Teri/Roger 530-622-9313

Contact information for Animal Rescue Organizations In Mississippi

Mississippi Alliance 228-216-7729
Gulf Coast SPCA 228-872-5659

Contact information for Animal Rescue Organizations In Alabama

Greater Birmingham Humane Society Jackie/ Melissa

Contact information for Red Cross in Louisiana with Shelter that allows

NW Louisiana Chapter Red Cross Michelle Davidson 318-865-9545

Animal Evacuation and Recovery Plan for New Orleans Area

The Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
(LA/SPCA), the Louisiana Veterinary Medical Association (LVMA), the Louisiana
Animal Control Association (LACA), and the LSU School of Veterinary
Medicine (SVM) are managing animal evacuations and recovery plans for New
Orleans pets and displaced animals.

Evacuees Seeking Pets That Were Boarded in Veterinary Clinics

At this time, animals from the following veterinary clinics are being
housed at the Parker Coliseum on the LSU Campus:

Metairie Small Animal Hospital
St. Tammany Animal Shelter
The Cat Practice (Metairie)
Southern Animal Foundation

This list will be updated as needed.

If you are a pet owner whose animal was at one of these facilities,
please call the Emergency Animal Shelter Hotline at (225) 578-6111 for
information about your pet(s). This number should be used only by owners
looking for their pets and people or shelters that need to drop off
pets. All others (those wishing to make donations, volunteers, those
seeking general information, etc.) should contact the LSU School of
Veterinary Medicine at (225) 578-9900.

The Lamar-Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales is currently housing the

Companion animals owned by people who were in Red Cross-associated
evacuations (Causeway and I-10 bus staging area)

Stray companion animals (may include pets that escaped from homes or
were otherwise lost)

Clinics and Shelters That Need to Transfer Pets

Please call the Emergency Animal Shelter Hotline at (225) 578-6111 to
arrange for drop-off.

Pets Traveling With Owners:

The LVMA is currently accepting pets at the Blackham Coliseum in
Lafayette, LSU in Shreveport, the 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 Agriculture Center/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. Veterinarians will be on hand to
handle any medical needs.

While owners are responsible for the feeding and cleaning of their pets
at the Parker Coliseum in Baton Rouge, the SVM, along with volunteers
from the Baton Rouge Veterinary Medical Association, will provide
veterinary care. If for some reason, an owner is unable to care for a pet
sheltered in the Parker Coliseum (e.g., the owner is housed in a special
needs shelter), SVM student volunteers will provide primary care, such
as feeding and cleaning. The East Baton Rouge Animal Control Center will
be taking stray animals.

The Parker Coliseum will be staffed 24 hours a day by a supervising
veterinarian and student volunteers from the School of veterinary
medicine. Pets in the Coliseum will be given physical exams and Bordetella
(kennel cough) vaccinations. If a pet requires medical attention and
veterinary monitoring, it will be sent to the LSU School of Veterinary
Medicine's Veterinary Teaching Hospital.

People With Pets Who Are 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 Mobile Veterinary Center will be at the
Lamar-Dixon Center to treat incoming animals as needed.

Confined Pets Still in Disaster Areas

Beginning on September 1, residents who left pets in their homes may
call the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine Hotline at (225) 578-9900 or
toll-free at (888) 568-5557, to leave information about the number of
animals, species, and their confined location.

We have received news that an animal shelter at Blackham Coliseum in
Lafayette has been opened, right next to the Cajundome. Evacuees may
bring their pets their for housing. The shelter has PLENTY of food,
water, crates, cages, bedding and newspaper. BUT the owners are
responsible for feeding, watering, walking and medicating their own pets.
Interested parties may call Lafayette Parish Animal Control at 337-291-5644
for more information.

Mississippi Animal Rescue League (MARL)

There is a pet friendly shelter set up at the Coliseum in Jackson and
run by Mississippi Animal Rescue League (MARL) and staff of the
Louisiana SPCA, who evacuated to that area. MARL also took some animals in at
its shelter. As of Tuesday morning, the two locations were sheltering
over 100 animals for evacuees. The Houston SPCA has taken in 260 animals
evacuated from the Louisiana. SPCA and currently has those animals
available for adoption. Thankfully, many animal groups are rushing to

We are hearing about so many tame, stray, and feral cats in threatening
circumstances, and we know that more frightened, displaced cats will be
found. If you know of cats, caregivers, or a rescue group in need, call
Alley Cat Allies at 240-482-1980, ext. 125, and ask for Vanessa or
e-mail alleycat@alleycat.org. )

Many hurricane animals were also found with microchips in all the
States hit by Hurricane Katrina. There are several hundred already safely
placed and need the owners to call any of the following microchip
companies if you have lost your pet.





(Type in the state, city or zip code to find a shelter)

Go To:


Volunteers are needed on site at area emergency animal shelters, but
you must be fully self-sufficient. They need your help, but shelters
cannot supply any food, water, vehicles, lodging, or accommodations for
volunteers (at least for the time being). Supplies are critically scarce
or non-existent. Do not even consider volunteering unless you can fully
provide your own housing, transportation (including gas), food, and

Gonzales, Louisiana: The Louisiana SPCA has established a shelter for
animals rescued animals from Hurricane Katrina at the Lamar Dixon Horse
Expo Center off Exit 177 on I-10 in Gonzales. To volunteer, contact
director Laura Maloney at 225-413-8813.

Baton Rouge, Louisiana: Louisiana State University School of Veterinary
Medicine and Louisiana Animal Control Association are setting up an
emergency animal shelter at the LSU Ag Center. They already have some 500
animals there, with another 60-100 expected any time. The center is
open 24 hours a day. To volunteer, contact Cathy at
wellsc@legis.state.la.us or call 225-578-9900.

Other emergency shelters that may need assistance or supplies: at the
Animal Services facility and at the Lake Charles Civic Center.

LaFayette, Louisiana: The Cajundome is a shelter for humans only; pets
are being housed a block away at Blackham Coliseum. People are
responsible for caring for their own animals. To assist, contact Lafayette
Parish Animal Control at: 337-291-5644. The Cajundome is located at 444
Cajundome Blvd., Lafayette, LA 70506, phone: 337-265-2100.

Donate needed supplies

The emergency shelter at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge is
accepting donations of supplies. (They already have approximately 500
animals there, with another 60-100 expected to come in any time now.)

Today they report needing the following:

These items are always needed:
Pet food* Wet / Dry (Dog, Cat, Puppy, Kitten)
Cat litter*
Litter Boxes
Large/ Small Cages and carriers
Litter scoopers
Clean sheets and towels

New items also needed:

Amoxicillin / Clavamox
Flea preventative (Frontline, Advantix, Capstar, etc.)
Heartworm medication (Interceptor, Heartguard, etc.)
Cameras (to take pictures of the displaced animals)
Medicated shampoo
Fans and extension cords
Large trash cans
Can openers
Cotton balls
Waterless hand sanitizer
Baby wipes
Rubbing alcohol
Empty spray bottles
Trash bags
Disposable paper bowls

* Food and litter are needed immediately, but expect to get larger
shipments of food and litter donated within a week, so if you are sending
items from a distance, please select other items on the list.

To check on current needs, call 225-578-9900 or e-mail Cathy at:

Items can be sent or delivered to:
Disaster Relief-Companion Animal
Louisiana State University
School of Veterinary Medicine
Attn: Dr. Rebecca Adcock
Skip Bertman Drive at River Road
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
Phone: 225-578-9900


Click the below link and go to our secure on-line donation page on the
following page.


Send Donation By Mail to:

Pets & Animals in Distress
C/O Hurricane Relief Fund
1511 East Commercial Blvd - PMB #129
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33334

Please visit our PAW website to look at our past hurricane relief



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PMB #129
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33334
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