Displaced, Injured Animals from Hurricane Katrina
I’ve seen so many scenes of stranded animals from Hurricane Katrina, including dogs holding on to tree limbs for dear life or stranded on rooftops or balconies all alone. There are countless displaced farm animals, wildlife, and beloved pets as a result of Hurricane Katrina.
Many people evacuating their homes aren’t allowed to bring their beloved pets to various shelters (unbelievable!),1 and many pets are separated from their owners for a variety of other reasons, too. In addition, there are farm animals and wildlife displaced and injured that also desperately need our help and donations.
There are several agencies on the scene helping to rescue them, care for them, and help them get reconnected with their owners, such as the Humane Society, United Animal Nations, the ASPCA, and others. Please donate if you can. Any amount can make a big difference, and no amount is too small or too large.
1Addendum Sept. 07, 2005: To clarify, unfortunately separate shelters weren’t available for animals at nearly all the shelters (there were a few exceptions) for Hurricane Katrina survivors, forcing thousands of animals to be on their own to try to fend for themselves in the midst of the hurricane and its aftermath. In many instances, owners refused to leave their animals, risking their own lives as a result. Some may feel it’s nuts to refuse to leave them in order to save themselves. While they’re entitled to their opinions, I remain firm in my belief that while saving human life is critically important, of course, we also need to make provisions to care for and rescue the wildlife, farm animals, and beloved pets when an emergency strikes. It IS possible to rescue and save people while also taking care of all the animals. Owners should NOT be forced into having to make such difficult and costly choices of having to leave them or risk their own lives by not leaving them.
I might write more on that in another post later, but I also don’t want to get too far off-topic for this weblog, either, which is usually on website design issues.
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