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09-02-2005, 01:17 PM
8/31/05--KATRINA/ 1) Animal Disaster Relief

This is the first of a glossary of news, hands-on help for animals,resources for donating money, supplies, transports. Kinship Circle will continue to postKatrina Animal Disaster Relief updates as new information is obtained.

1.) Noah's Wish: Donate supplies, money
2.) Emergency Animal Rescue Service (EARS): Donate money, volunteer
3.) Hands-On Help: For Displaced Shelter Animals
4.) Hands-On Help: For Horses/Equine Rescue Central
5.) American Humane Association: Donate money
6.) Pets & Animals In Distress: Donate money
7.) Humane Society of the U.S.: Donate money
8.) PETCO Foundation: Donate money
9.) News: LASPCA Moves Hundreds of Animals In Advance of Katrina
10.) News: Katrina-Related Tornados Ravage Georgia Chicken Farm

Since Katrina struck, I've been a news junkie. The images are horrendous andintimate at the same time. Each of us can imagine our own families in Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi or Florida... But in the mainstream news there has been limited mention of the animal victims.

August 29 - A teary newscaster describes dogs barking in the dark. "I hear the dogs yelping. All of them yelping...hoping someone will come." She describes dogs seen wrapped in fallen wires, electrocuted before rescuers' eyes.

August 30 - [Biloxi, Miss] Gary Stillwell, his family, and their three dogs are trapped atop their home, which is floating down the street. Howard Avenue has turned into a river. Homes are submerged. Somehow the Stillwells manage to climb into the boat floating alongside their house to save
themselves, their dogs, and three stranded people crying for help from a tree.

August 30 - Billy Penny, 34, and his girlfriend refuse to evacuate their home on the east side of New Orleans because they will not abandon their companion animals. Patricia Penny, Billy's mother, is convinced her son climbed to the roof and cut a hole to let the animals through. But as of August 30, she has not heard from them.

August 30 - [Mississippi, I believe, one of the Gulf Coast towns] Amid casinos floating in the water, there are three seals stranded in a parking lot. People attempt to get water to them. Finally, someone shoots one of the seals to put her out of her misery.

August 31 - [Gulfport, Miss.] Newscaster: We talked to one man, who despite all the warnings, rode out Katrina with his pets. Survivor: (He is crying) I had to keep me, my dog and cat with me, force them out a window and on to the roof... (He is shown in close-up with his dog and cat, who made it).

August 31 - [Portreve] Newscaster: Piles of pet food are being transported to rescue centers... (She holds up a bag of unopened food). Because not only are the people growing hungry, but the animals [survivors] are too.

Brenda Shoss, KC
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1) Noah's Wish: Donate supplies, money

NOAH'S WISH - http://www.noahswish.org/index.htm
Noah's Wish will post continuing updates on their website.

MONETARY DONATION: http://www.noahswish.org/Donations.htm

Update: August 31, 2005
The 10 member Noah's Wish initial team is now in the outlying areas of the disaster area. Since our arrival earlier today we have been:
-gathering supplies we will need and will be unable to find once we get into disaster area.
-determining what the road conditions are, where the closures are, and the best route to take when we head into some of the worst hit areas tomorrow.
-listening to reports on where it is flooding.
-completing rescue requests.
-networking with other animal organizations to determine where the greatest needs are.

...During the next couple of days it may be difficult to get to a phone that works and to find electricity so we can use our computers. We will make every effort to get an updated posted tomorrow night as I know people are waiting to learn of how the animals have been impacted by this hurricane but the next one may not be until Thursday.

...Just as soon as we can get access to the areas where these animals are located we will. At this time though we cannot say for sure when that will be as the danger is still extremely high and for this reason the authorities are restricting access...

Read rest of Noah's Wish report: http://www.noahswish.org/index.htm

P.O. Box 997
Placerville, CA 95667
ph: 530-622-9313; fax: 530-622-9317
email: [email protected]

What Noah's Wish Needs to Help Animals at Every Disaster:
-batteries (AA, AAA, C, and D)
-binders (black - 3 inch with clear plastic sleeve on front)
-bolt cutters
-cable ties (assorted sizes)
-cat collars (break away style)
-clamps (extra large size)
-clip boards
-CD-R's (rewriteable)
-collapsible wire cages (extra large size)
-dog leashes and collars (news ones only in all sizes)
-duct tape
-ear plugs (disposable)
-extension cords (heavy duty outdoor approved - 100 foot long)
-first aid kits for animals and people
-grooming clippers (electric)
-hand held radios (at least a 2 mile radius)
-hand sanitizer gel
-heating pads
-labels (1" x 2-5/8" - white)
-labels (2" x 4" - white)
-misting systems (portable)
-muzzles (assorted sizes)
-Polaroid 600 camera and film
-Post-It-Notes (3" squares)
-printer cartridges (Hewlett Packard numbers 56 and 57)
-Sharpie pens (black and red - fine and wide point)
-shipping labels tags (card stock - wire twist on one end - 4-3/4" x 2-3/8")
-spot lights that plug into automobile cigarette lighters
-staples (heavy duty - for tacking up flyers)
-staplers (heavy duty - for tacking up flyers)
-surgical gloves (disposable)
-tarps (assorted sizes)
-weather alert radios (portable - hand held)
-Zip Lock bags (extra large size)

DO NOT send animal food! Because of expiration concerns Noah's Wish does not stock pile food.

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2) Emergency Animal Rescue Service (EARS):
Donate money, volunteer

UAN/EARS will post continuing updates on their website.

MONETARY DONATION: https://secure.ga3.org/01/UAN_disaster_relief

Update: August 30, 2005
EARS is on standby with Florida State Emergency Management. EARS leadership has contacted emergency management officials in LA, MS and AL. As officials in those areas conduct assessments of the damage, we are waiting to learn where and when animal assistance will be needed in this widely affected area. EARS is continuing to monitor the situation and has put EARS volunteers on standby for a potential deployment within the next 24 to 48 hours.


Hurricane Katrina Convergent Volunteers and Other Assistance
Location: TBA - Alabama, Mississippi or Louisiana
Date: from 9/1/2005 11:00 am to 9/15/2005 7:00 pm

Hosted By: United Animal Nations, Emergency Animal Rescue Service
916-429-2457; [email protected]
RSVP by: September 30, 2005 at 4:00 pm

Trained EARS volunteers are being mobilized to respond to Hurricane Katrina - but we know that there are many other people who have not yet been trained who might be interested in helping, too. If you are interested in being mobilized as a convergent volunteer or if you have supplies or services to donate, you can use this page to sign up and indicate your interests.
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3) Hands-On Help: For Displaced Shelter Animals

Lou Guyton (HSUS):
[email protected], [email protected]
cell: 214-704- 4868

I have just been asked to stage an animal transfer in the DFW area with approximately 145 animals from the New Orleans shelter. New Orleans arrived in Houston this morning and they are currently sorting through the animals to establish what can be brought further inland, and what must go back to New Orleans or be held in Houston. It looks as if the Louisiana folks will be bringing them here on Tuesday morning. Their entire shelter was evacuated and while a few animals went to Baton Rouge, the abundance of them (300) came to Texas as the New Orleans SPCA and the Houston SPCA have interagency agreements during hurricane events.

That said, will need commitments and assistance to place approximately 145 animals. The animals will be adoptable animals that will enter into your programs permanently. I DO NOT have a final count on species, but it looks like there are about 60 cats/kittens. The location on Tuesday will be at the
HSUS Spay Neuter Clinic and Animal Wellness Center at 4830 Village Fair Drive, 75224. The time HAS NOT YET been determined.

Shelters and rescues who desire to pick up animals must have submitted a request prior to arrival so that I can correctly inventory and place the animals in the best possible situations. My email addresses are: [email protected] and [email protected]

Please if you are able to commit to even a couple of animals, email me and I will place you a list. If you need to call me, my cell is: 214-704- 4868. Again, the animals will likely arrive sometime on Tuesday. I will update the information on MONDAY afternoon...

Thank you for caring! Lou Guyton, Director
HSUS Southwest Regional Office & Spay Neuter Clinic and Animal Wellness
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4) Hands On Help: For Horses/Equine Rescue Central

This is a 4-part message.
Post replies to: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Equine_Rescue_Central

1. If you are from the hurricane area and need to get a horse moved to safety, post your Exact location, Full name, phone number, email address, and what you have for equines that need help. Plus any other details and info. PLEASE TITLE THE MESSAGE "HURRICANE - HORSE NEEDS HELP" (this includes ponies and other equines)

2. If you are in the area, or will be traveling thru the area that needs help, and have a horse trailer, please post your location, what area you can help, how many horses, and anything else you can do. While donated help is preferred in this time of crisis, we all know what gas costs these days, so
please tell us how much money you will need per mile, to (at least) cover your fuel. Please be as generous as you can, we don't want horses to die!!! Be sure to post your name, phone number, and email address and any other vital info. PLEASE TITLE THE MESSAGE "HURRICANE - I CAN HAUL HORSES"

3. If you can offer temporary shelter for horses, and are in a safe zone, please post the details. Be sure to post your exact location, name, phone number, and email address, the number of horses you can assist, and any other specifics. If (for example) you cannot assist drafts, or stallions, or whatever, please note. PLEASE TITLE THIS MESSAGE

4. If you can help in other ways, such as going into the area and assisting horse owners who lost barns and fencing or helping in many other ways you can volunteer... Be sure to post your name, phone number, and email address and any other vital info so people can easily contact you, ASAP.
Note: If horses are ridable and hauling is not available, ask for volunteers to ride them if you have too many to ride yourself, or pony alongside.

This is the OFFICIAL central location for these posts until the hurricane and it's related problems are over. This group will serve as the main contact point for all hurricane issues during this crisis. If you are not a member of this moderated group, we will accept your membership ASAP if you mention that you are a hurricane victim or offer hurricane assistance, when you sign up to register for the group.

The moderators of this group will check regularly during the next few days to insure new members are accepted quickly.

PLEASE TITLE ALL MESSAGES AS STATED ABOVE, and supply all the necessary contact info.

George (one of the group moderators)
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5) American Humane Association: Donate money

AMERICAN HUMANE ASSOCIATION - http://go.care2.com/36770

MONETARY DONATION: http://go.care2.com/36770

Update: August 30, 2005
From: Michael L., Care2 Animal Welfare Alerts, [email protected]
Emily was fortunate to be away from her Louisiana home when Hurricane Katrina made landfall--but now she is left to wonder about the condition of her home, and of her cat Toby...

Fortunately for people like Emily, the American Humane Association has deployed their emergency responders to provide humanitarian and emergency relief to families and their pets, and pets like Toby will be safe.

When disasters like Hurricane Katrina strike many people are forced to evacuate. Some evacuees were able to take their pets with them, while sadly, many others have had to leave the animals they love behind.

But help arrives quickly. After disasters like Hurricane Katrina, the American Humane Association comes to the rescue of many animals. The American Humane Association's Animal Emergency Services teams assess communities' and animal shelters' needs immediately after disasters strike. These teams then help coordinate animal rescue operations and provide emergency care and shelter to animal victims.

Based in Colorado, this organization has been called upon for decades by local authorities from throughout the country to rescue animals at risk after all kinds of disasters...
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6) Pets & Animals In Distress: Donate money


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

Update: August 26, 2005
Hurricane Katrina made landfall early evening last night that directly hit our surrounding area in Broward County, Fl, (Fort Lauderdale Area) with winds gusts reaching 90 mph. The storm arrived well ahead of the Friday estimated arrival time that was predicted by the National weather service, which left Pets & Animals in Distress volunteers scrambling Thursday
afternoon several hours before Katrina hit to help rescue and evacuate over 40 cats...

We are glad to report that all the cats, several dogs, a goat, pig and ourselves have weathered the storm out without any serious problems, except for some downed trees, debris and major flooding that damaged the Gazebo house flooring that sheltered the cats will now have to be replaced...

As of today, Friday, August 26, 2005, 4 people were reported killed in South Florida due the Hurricane, and there are over one million people still without power in south Florida...

Hurricane Relief Fund: Your tax-deductible donation will be used exclusively for ongoing and future hurricane animal relief work and efforts to help with food, medical care and supplies...
Sincerely, Brenda Beck, President, Pets & Animals in Distress
[email protected]
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7) Humane Society of the U.S.: Donate money

HSUS: http://www.hsus.org

Donate by mail:
HSUS Disaster Relief Fund
2100 L Street, NW,
Washington, DC 20037

Update: August 30, 2005
WASHINGTON (August 30, 2005) -- The Humane Society of the United States is moving into Mississippi today to begin a multi-state animal rescue and recovery effort in response to the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina...

The following activities are already underway: The HSUS Disaster Response Unit is stocked and headed to Mississippi. The four-wheel drive truck and 38-foot air-conditioned trailer is equipped with rescue, sheltering, and communications gear as well as pet food and supplies. Trained disaster relief personnel will travel from a staging area in the Florida panhandle into Mississippi today...

The HSUS is supporting the evacuation of animals from the Louisiana SPCA to shelters throughout Texas for adoption.

The HSUS Southeast Regional Office located in Tallahassee is partnering with the Florida State Agricultural Response Team to assess animal needs and to provide rescue and sheltering of animals in south Mississippi.

The HSUS is also readying response teams from Texas to provide assistance on the west side of the impact area...

The HSUS has been planning for Hurricane Katrina since last week, coordinating with other organizations through state agencies, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the American Red Cross, and the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster.

The costs associated with The HSUS' rescue efforts are expected to exceed the organization's previous major disaster responses, which include aiding the animal victims of last year's tsunami, and responding to the series of hurricanes that hit Florida last year..

MEDIA CONTACT: Belinda Mager, [email protected]
301-258-3071 (desk), 240-888-1910 (cell)
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8) PETCO Foundation: Donate money



Donate by mail:
PETCO Foundation
7262 North Rosemead Boulevard
San Gabriel, CA 91775

Update: August 30, 2005
Hurricane Katrina Emergency "Round Up" Fundraiser During an emergency "Round Up" fundraiser now through September 11, 2005, each time you make a purchase at a PETCO store, we'll ask you to Round Up your purchase to the next highest dollar - and we will donate that difference to the PETCO Foundation. All proceeds go to the PETCO Foundation to support animal welfare disaster relief needs within the Gulf Coast region. Or make an online donation to the PETCO Foundation now.

The Round Up fundraiser may be extended depending on the need and the amount raised... The PETCO Foundation assists with Disaster Response teams from the Humane Society of the United States and the American Humane Association to address the critical animal needs created by the recent weather events. Together we will make a difference.
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[email protected] http://www.KinshipCircle.org

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We accept online donations at:
We are grateful for your support!

09-02-2005, 01:25 PM
Thanks for the information.

I made a small donation to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary. They have mobilized a unit to help with the animals down south. 100% of my donation goes to helping the animals effected by Hurricane Katrina.

Thanks again for the info.

09-02-2005, 01:29 PM
I couldn't read all of that through my tears. I just want to go home and hold my furbabies and tell them I love them

09-02-2005, 04:17 PM
jen, same here.. :( :(

I wish so much to help them fully.. wishing all of them the best is only hope I can do now. :(

Daisy and Delilah
09-02-2005, 05:08 PM
Thanks for posting this valuable information Val. I hope everybody can find a way to contribute whatever they can to help these poor pets and people. God help them all and help them get through this. It is the saddest thing I've ever seen in my life. I shudder to think of the horrible stories we haven't heard about.


09-02-2005, 07:18 PM
I decided to donate to Noah's Wish. I wish I could donate to them all, though. I really wish I could go there to help. You almost feel guilty being so well off, now. It's so sad.

09-02-2005, 11:47 PM
Val.. I was just going to mention that Noahswish is a great organization that deals solely on animal rescue during disasters.

Daisy and Delilah
09-03-2005, 10:39 AM
I have just written a check for Noah's Wish. What a great group they are. Did anyone see them on NBC this morning with the little chihuahua they rescued? He was found in his home in a sink. The girls and myself were sobbing during the report and hoping that his owners are found. Godspeed little Sinker and all the other lost and confused pets in the ravaged areas. I can't stop feeling so helpless and frustrated that I can't do more!

Thanks again to you Val for posting this much needed info and I'm hoping we can all help a little bit. Let's do what we can. We have one of the most fantastic groups of people in existence today on this board. Everyone please try to keep this bumped up so all Pet Talkers can see it.

Terry, Daisy and Delilah:)

09-03-2005, 11:44 AM

I'm sending all the extra cat stuff I have laying around, including litterboxes, food dishes, toys (that my cats haven touched in ages) along with a bag of catnip.

I thought this picture was pretty neat. Talk about a makeshift cat carrier!!!

09-03-2005, 12:16 PM
this is so sad...all those poor animals whos owners cant find them and all those animals lost out there and all the animals in the hurricane...Waaa.....:( :( :(

09-03-2005, 12:33 PM
Originally posted by moosmom

I'm sending all the extra cat stuff I have laying around, including litterboxes, food dishes, toys (that my cats haven touched in ages) along with a bag of catnip.

I thought this picture was pretty neat. Talk about a makeshift cat carrier!!!

Now that is a great idea.:) Thanks for posting it.

09-03-2005, 06:55 PM
Thanks for posting these links. I submitted my donation.

Daisy and Delilah
09-03-2005, 10:36 PM
Everybody please read this! BUMP.........


09-04-2005, 07:31 AM
So Sad!!!
Yes,I am Donating!!
Hope others will too

09-04-2005, 09:36 AM
I emailed Noah's Wish to see if they had anything set up for Florida volunteers. If they don't, I'm going to see if they want one and maybe even help get it started. I would love to be involved in something like this.

09-04-2005, 02:20 PM
perhaps same organization that elizabethann mentioned??

"The animals of the world exist for their own reasons. They were not made for humans any more than black people were made for whites or women for men." Alice Walker

"Animals may aid us in our everyday lives, in our dreams, meditations. Since they were created before humans, they are closer to THE SOURCE and can act as allies, guides and familiars in our search for wholeness ." An Inuit woman

Dear Members and Friends,

Thank you so much for all the offers of help and support. Best Friends role in the hurricane relief effort is now becoming considerably more focused, and we’ll be updating you every day or two. Here’s today’s update:

We are now working on site with the St Francis Animal Sanctuary in Tylertown – about 100 miles north of New Orleans. We consider them a sister sanctuary. They have facilities for about 400 dogs and cats. And they are being inundated! 80 more from the Humane Society of Louisiana. And 100 more from Jefferson Parish (New Orleans) Animal Control.

They have food for less than 24 hours. And they have a well, but no power to pump water. But they do have the basic facilities to operate as a sanctuary for adoptable animals from New Orleans.

So we are working with them to build up their facilities and run a joint project as base camp for adoptable animals being evacuated from New Orleans.

Our Director of Ops, Paul Berry, is now in metro New Orleans, working with Bert Smith, Director of Animal Control for Jefferson Parish. Bert is charged with rounding up stray animals. And he in turn will be taking as many as we possibly can to the St Francis sanctuary for shelter, and then to be placed in foster or adoptive homes.

A team of four from here at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary set off in a convoy for Louisiana this morning (Thursday). They are carrying food, generators, fencing, and many other supplies.

Another team from Best Friends Atlanta arrived in Louisiana this afternoon to start ferrying animals from animal control to the St Francis sanctuary.

We are now in a position to accept any and all offers of help. And thank you so much for them.

We need volunteers and supplies to assist in the rescue and placement of all of the animal refugees.

If you can help, please e-mail [email protected] with specific information on how you would like to help, what expertise you may be able to supply and how best way to contact you. We are compiling a list and will be contacting people as the program develops. Please see the list below:

Volunteer help:

- People with emergency/disaster experience to work at the disaster site.

- Long term foster homes (approximately 3 months)

- Carpenters and other construction trades people to work at the temporary and permanent shelter sites.

- Veterinarians and veterinary technicians

- Truckers

- People with trucks and vans to do animal and supply transport.

- People to collect and hold supplies until they ship

- People to volunteer at the Sanctuary for at least one week to cover for deployed personnel.

Supplies needed:

People needs:

Toilet paper

Paper towels

Vegetarian People food that won’t spoil or need refrigeration

Portable toilets and sanitizer

Insect repellent

Sun showers


First aid kits for relief workers

Hand sanitizer

Pet needs

Pet Food

Animal Bedding

Crates (all sizes)


Veterinary Supplies

Puppy and Kitten Formula

Canopy tents for the animals

Large cat tower/cage (for kittens)

Portable water bowls for animals

Microchip Scanners

General needs

RVs, SUV’s & Trucks (4x4), ATV’s (loaned or donated)


Two way radios



Duct tape

Cable ties

Fencing, both temporary and permanent

Heavy work gloves and welding gloves

Carpentry supplies

Gas cans

Gas for vehicles


Batteries (AA, AAA, C & D)


Water tanks

Clorox bleach

Warehouse facilities near Tylertown, MS

Garbage cans

Garbage bags


Camping Gear



Collapsible wire cages (extra large size)

Extension cords (heavy duty outdoor approved - 100 foot long)

Grooming clippers (electric)

Zip Lock bags (extra large size)

Important note: Please contact us at the number above before you buy large quantities of any of these items.

This list is not exhaustive and if you think that you can offer goods or services that can help, please contact [email protected] We will contact you soon.

No matter where you live or what you are able to physically do, you can help the survivors by donating to the hurricane relief effort. Any monies raised will go to help those animals and animal rescue organizations affected by the disaster. Please donate on the website at www.bestfriends.org or by calling 435-644-2001 ext. 104.

Again, thank you so very much for all offers of help. We’ll keep you updated on developments.

Best Friends Animal Society
5001 Angel Canyon Road
Kanab, UT 84741

[email protected]


(435)644-3965 ext. 4165

A better world through kindness to animals.