Tuesday, January 03, 2006

An Amazing Stat

From Tara High in Gulfport --

"I just want you to know that since the storm, our euthanasia rate has gone
from 62% to 25%. We are working hard to save every animal possible! One
day we hope our euth rate will be negligible. Thank
God people like you have helped make it possible!"

I bring this up because Tara scoured the country SCREAMING for rescues to come take these animals. Her shelter was destroyed, her area got little press, very little rescue support (compared to New Orleans) and little hands on support from HSUS until recently.

Yet she packed her shelter with double the amount of animals it held and just hung on until help came in to export her animals. They lived day by day for 3 months. It was live by the seat of your pants daily.

With the attention and resources being driven on the area both LASPCA and Gulfport should continue to capitalize on exporting animals out of the region to willing shelters. Let the alerts go out....

See the first comment about the problem we all knew was coming "thousand of puppies" ...

75 Comments:

At 3:22 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

By JAY REEVESAssociated Press Writer

Puppies are popping up everywhere amid the rubble left by Hurricane Katrina.

Animal welfare workers are seeing the tip of what they fear will be a big
boom in dog births in parts of Louisiana and Mississippi hammered by the
storm.

Officials say more than 6,000 pets were saved in the region after Katrina
came ashore Aug. 29, and many of them were relocated to new homes elsewhere
in the country. An unknown number drowned in the floodwaters or died later
of injuries.

But thousands of animals remain, and humane organizations are beginning to
see the result of even small numbers of animals running loose for weeks in
neighborhoods where fences were flattened and owners fled.

"I've never seen so many puppies in my life," said Manny Maciel, an animal
control officer from New Bedford, Mass., who has made two trips south to
help trap loose dogs and cats in New Orleans and Mississippi.

Earlier this month, Maciel pulled 10 puppies and their mother from beneath a
porch in a particularly hard-hit section of Biloxi. On another two-hour
shift he found seven puppies and seven more dogs.

Maciel took all the dogs to the Humane Society of South Mississippi, where a
shelter built for 75 animals now holds about 250 dogs and cats on any given
day, including nearly 50 puppies. The shelter is the largest operating on
the Mississippi coast.

Tara High, executive director of the nonprofit group, said workers have yet
to see a big spike in cat births, but there's no doubt what dogs have been
doing since the hurricane.

"We're beginning to get litters now," said High, a board member thrust into
the job in the post-Katrina frenzy when the former director quit
unexpectedly. "It's a lot of puppies, and it's not puppy season."

New puppies are brought in daily both by residents and workers such as
Maciel, who is among eight professional trappers working with the Humane
Society of the United States to help capture animals running loose in the
hurricane zone. They use both harmless wire cages baited with food and
lassos to capture dogs and cats.

A big part of the job for Maciel and partner Janis Moore of Springfield,
Vt., is encouraging pet owners to help stem the puppy boom by having their
animals spayed or neutered.

Maciel and Moore drive through mostly abandoned neighborhoods checking
reports of stray animals and asking people to let them "fix" their pets for
free.

Some animal owners, even those living out of vans while their battered homes
are being repaired, don't want to part with their pets for fear they will
never see them again.

"A lot of times it's the only thing they've got," Moore said.

Animals without owners often wind up at the shelter, where workers are
overwhelmed despite the trickle of volunteers still coming through to help
walk dogs and clean up.

High is proud that of the 300 or so animals that had to be euthanized in
November at the shelter, all were too old, sick or aggressive to be adopted.
New owners adopted 378 other dogs and cats.

But the storm after Katrina is increasingly hard to bear as animals
reproduce.

As many as 75 new animals arrive daily at the shelter, including entire
litters of puppies, and there is no immediate end in sight despite the work
of the trappers and the push to get animals spayed and neutered.

"It's frustrating," said a weary High, who has worked every day but
Thanksgiving since Katrina. "The animals do not stop coming in. The phone
does not stop ringing."

On the Net:

 
At 8:43 AM, Blogger lauralassiter said...

God bless Tara. And for those who said no to me and didn't want to help her (when I was working 12 hours a day writing, emailing and making calls to find transport and help for Tara) because her shelter was HIGH-KILL and didn't have anything good to say about it, does this not present the evidence that Tara doesn't kill animals because that has been the tradition, she goes far beyond what is expected, she has been trying to get things changed against all odds (since they had a problem before Katrina, during Katrina and after Katrina), she cares for the animals and finally is getting some help to get it done. Maybe now when you receive pleas for help, you can overlook the "history" and see the potential. I got tired. Tara didn't.

 
At 9:01 AM, Blogger Coconut FireRaven said...

Is it true that Bestfriends has pulled out of their commitment to set up and help on the Gulf Coast for this "last 2 month push", as per this diary post noted below?

http://www.triplerpets.org/diary.htm

 
At 9:46 AM, Anonymous Eric Rice said...

I think it is true that BF decided they just didn't have the resources to committ to both. I honestly think they just are not sure they can find rescues to export that many animals. Tara has done a tremendous job of finding her own help. I do not think that means that BF is not helping her. I think they are. Eric

 
At 3:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If HSUS is backing ARNO, how come ARNO has run out of food (again) Can't HSUS pay for pet food for feeding stations? I think they must have enough money to do this.

 
At 6:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Food on its way. It is a management issue not money issue.

 
At 10:44 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

NEWS ARTICLE ON COCO REE AND SANDY MARIE
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Source: Gazette.net, Maryland

Fur flies over pets from Gulf

‘Puppy-pimping demagogues’ took dogs, lawyer says

Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2006

by Jaime Ciavarra
Staff Writer

Months after Hurricane Katrina devastated her New Orleans home, Belinda Sumrall is still waiting to be reunited with her family dogs Coco Ree and Sandy Marie.

There was no room in the car to Texas for the 40-pound Chow and Shepherd mixes. And at 2:30 a.m., when relatives urged Sumrall to leave, there was no time for a long goodbye.

Estimating she’d be gone about four days, Sumrall left her pets behind with food, water and a prayer that they would stay safe.

‘‘It was a hard decision, but I had no choice,” said Sumrall, 29.

After the storm hit, five feet of water rushed through Sumrall’s neighborhood, making a quick return unlikely if not impossible.

Sumrall said a volunteer from the Montgomery County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Kim Deserio, found her dogs near her home in St. Bernard Parish.

The dogs, renamed Andi and Foxy, are now in Montgomery County, Sumrall discovered in November.

But Deserio won’t give the dogs back.

Sumrall missed a Nov. 1 deadline to ask the organization to return the dogs, Deserio wrote in an e-mail, and, under a contract Deserio signed with the area’s animal control, the Montgomery County SPCA could adopt out the pets.

The Montgomery County SPCA has given them to new, ‘‘wonderful” owners, she wrote to Sumrall’s attorney.

Now Sumrall is in a battle for her family.

It’s a story that is hitting home for others in the Gulf Coast area who are now trying to piece their lives together.

In Katrina’s aftermath, animal rescue services across the nation set up shelters in ravaged areas and collected pets from flooded homes and abandoned streets.

Nearly 8,500 animals were taken to shelters around Mississippi and Louisiana, said Belinda Mager, spokeswoman for The Humane Society of the United States, a nonprofit in Washington, D.C., that helped lead the search.

Many animals went to the care of volunteer groups and were relocated around the country.

While most agencies have worked to reunite the pets with their original owners through Web sites and databases — about 2,200 have been returned, Mager said — others have made no effort, or are refusing to return them after deadlines that some say were unrealistic.

‘‘It’s the great American tragedy,” said Kathryn Bloomfield, a Treeport, La., attorney who has helped several families find their pets. She represents Sumrall. ‘‘They’re stripping people of their family members.”

In the weeks after Katrina hit, the number of animals that needed temporary homes overwhelmed agencies and the information systems that could help locate their owners, said Steve Swartz, a Humane Society of the United States worker who is helping with reunion issues.

Some pet owners, like Sumrall, had trouble finding their pets because they didn’t have Internet access or didn’t know which organizations rescued them. And national organizations gave local agencies much of the burden to keep profiles up to date.

‘‘Some were not as cooperative as we would have liked them to be,” Swartz said.

Sumrall said she had called rescue hotline numbers searching for her dogs as early as September, when she and her husband were living in a Red Cross shelter.

It was not until November, with the help of a volunteer from a nonprofit pet detective agency, that Sumrall discovered where her pets had been taken.

By then, as Deserio claims, it was too late.

Bloomfield, who has contacted Montgomery County SPCA, says the issue is largely insulated by ‘‘northern elitism,” in which ‘‘self-appointed, puppy-pimping demagogues” are making judgments about where the animals would live a healthier life.

Deserio wrote to The Gazette that the dogs were found with heartworm, a disease not uncommon among many of the animals rescued.

‘‘It is clearly safeguarding their future to enable them to live in a northern climate where heartworm is far less prevalent,” Deserio wrote.

Bloomfield dismisses the claim as an excuse to keep the dogs in Montgomery County, far from a lower-class neighborhood in the south.

The right thing to do, Bloomfield says, is to return the dogs to the rightful owner. Legal action is a last resort, Bloomfield added, but is being considered.

She disputes whether Montgomery County SPCA properly tried to notify the owner by posting information on Web sites, and says the organization has a legal obligation to return the animals.

The Montgomery County SPCA, which recently closed its headquarters and cat shelter in Gaithersburg, has been entangled in legal battles with former volunteers who say the board of directors mismanaged funds and didn’t renew the group’s charter.

The Humane Society of the United States is looking into Sumrall’s case, Swartz said.

Deserio said she has gone along with all of her obligations as a rescuer.

‘‘Given the number of animals who died or continue to suffer on the streets post-Katrina, Foxy and Andi were truly among the lucky ones,” she wrote to Bloomfield.

But Sumrall, who now lives in Brenham, Texas, doesn’t consider her situation all that lucky. She wants her dogs.

‘‘They’re like children to me,” she said. ‘‘I just want my children back.”

 
At 10:55 AM, Anonymous Eric Rice said...

Please contact local press in Montgomery County, MD and Washington, DC and

also these number below-- Please be nice and explain why these dogs need returned to their rightful owners.

Montgomery County SPCA
P.O. Box 637
Washington Grove, Maryland 20880
Phone: 301-948-4266 (they never answer)

These appear to be home/cell phone numbers so mind your manners:

phone numbers: Kim Deserio: 301 518 4371 (phone number provided by ACA) Claire Proffitt: 301-299-3748 (phone number on MOU) she is president.Cindy Wilson: 571-220-8991; 301-983-8360 (phone numbers from intake forms or MOU) she is secretary treasurer

 
At 2:49 PM, Blogger GDF said...

A couple of comments:
Ms. Deserio's comments are ludicrous regarding the preferability of a northern climate to a southern climate due to the prevalence of HW...based on this "logic", why isn't she spearheading a campaign to remove all dogs from southern states?
Secondly, it's frustrating to read anonymous comments like the one regarding ARNO's food situation--management not money issue. If you have facts to relate, please sign your name to statements. Otherwise it's hard to give them any credibility.

 
At 3:34 PM, Anonymous Eric Rice said...

I wrote the food point because I am on the conf call that deals with this stuff. I didn't mean Management of ARNO which is just fine...I meant Management of rescources which is hard for any group..let alone one like ARNO had been in existence for a few months only, just switched locations etc.

The people on the call can pick up the phone and find truckloads of supplies, they just need some notice.

These animals are fat and healthy now for the most part, the food will get to them. It is a hiccup not a huge issue.

Eric Rice
PS. Desario obviously let herself fall in love or let her foster fall in love with the dog and is grasping at any excuse.

 
At 7:53 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Husky Reunion!
by jmleong, 1/5/06 8:00 ET
Attn especially to kspirit!
Remember when I "accidentally" found a Katrina French (possibly American) bulldog and a Siberian Husky up for adoption, and I e-mailed the rescue org about the AERN, and the rescue org right away -- to their credit -- listed the two animals there, not having known about the AERN before?

WELL! I'm still trying to track down info about the bulldog (she's been moved to somewhere??) BUT, the husky was id'd by its owner within only a few days, annnnnnnnnnnddddd ...

The rescue org person just forwarded me this happy e-mail from the husky's owner:

"Reunion was out of this world. He was soooooooo happy to see us and he recognized us when we got to his pen. I started crying and knelt on the ground in the pen and just huged him and he just licked me (seemed like forever). I can't thank you enough for what you have done for all of the animals from Katrinia. May God Bless All of you. I may also have a leadon my female. Keep your fingers crossed. This is going to be a GREATnew year for my husband and I."

Awwww. Big smiles here! And a wee trace of tears. The family is still missing a female husky. Hope they find her, too.

 
At 12:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The % stat may be amazing, but a post on craig's list said the actual number killed last month, which was 300 animals. If true, it is still a very very sad situation....

And one deserving of a Best Friend's transport. I would contribute to any such rescues targeting those animals.

 
At 12:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Claire B.M. Proffitt is the president of Montgomery County SPCA, Inc., which took the dogs.
She also is hte president of another group, Friends of the Animals of Montgomery County or famc.
May be another way to contact her.

 
At 1:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The reality is not enough homes, not enough shelters. A BF transport to where? Some of you folks work at this level that is quite unrealistic. Read the stories on www.animalrescuefront.com about the lady who could not imagine what it was like as car after car pulled up to surrender dogs and boxes of puppies at HSSM. 75 average per day. Can you find places for 75 per day to be transported to? If you can then start on Georgia shelters which kill 90,000 per year...You transport 300 to one shelter, it kills 300 in that area. All you are doing is trading lives.

Read below --

----- Original Message -----
From: chris mclaughlin
Subject: Tell Me...Will it End?



Dear ARF,

I'm on the coast yet again, trying to keep up with the largest influx of puppies I hope to ever see in my life. You may have heard about it. Last night CNN reported it and the AP was the first to break the story. There are more puppies than staff...there are more puppies than humans it seems...and we can't keep up. Just now...just this minute a pickup truck pulled in...the driver got out...walked to the back and pulled out a huge plastic container filled with puppies. He left the tailgate down and the puppy's momma jumped off the truck and ran into the surrender room...I don't know how many puppies are in the litter but I do know IT IS TOO MANY! I need Oprah...not for me, for the puppies...I need Oprah.... for the staff here who somehow do not scream every time a pickup truck pulls into the parking lot and a cooler, or a plastic container of puppies is deposited on their doorstep. I need Oprah because HSSM's new shelter was devastated by Katrina and they lost 1.5 million dollars in a donor base that lost their homes and businesses to the worst natural disaster this country has ever seen.

We're swimming against the tide...our transport leaves Saturday morning and will be traveling up the east coast...I need homes. I need good homes. I need people to open their hearts, their homes and their wallets. I need your time, your skills and your prayers..... I need Oprah. I need her now...

The litter I just wrote about? I won't be needing to find them homes...they are very sick with parvo and will be put down immediately because it is so contagious and if we have an outbreak we'll be wiped out...

My sister's website is: www.neverleftbehind.net our kids are up there. Take a look...


--
Chris,
Founder, Animal Rescue Front
www.animalrescuefront.net

 
At 7:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm going to say it since no one else has yet and I know there are people out there who might agree with this. Perhaps the issue IS largely insulated by ‘‘northern elitism,” in which ‘‘self-appointed, puppy-pimping demagogues” are making judgments about where the animals would live a healthier life. But explain to me how it is "healthy" for these animals to be returned to owners that clearly are unable to provide basic medical care for their animals in the form of heartworm preventative. I've heard it said time and time again that people cannot afford the preventative. Well, then they should not own a dog. It is a FACT that heartworm kills dogs if not treated.They die a horrible death.Not preventing it is negligence. Pet owners that claim "economic hardship" as their reason for not giving preventatives should not have their dogs returned to them. This is a highly preventable disease. I am fostering 2 dogs from N.O. that are heartworm positive. We are in the middle of treatment for one of them and it is heartbreaking to watch her go through this and it infuriates me that it could have been prevented. While Belinda Sumrall may love her dogs, she didn't love them enough to prevent their heartworm. If she loves them, she should let them go. They are in home where treatment will be provided and they will be loved.

 
At 8:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think folks have missed the point - AFTER fostering these animals according to the guidelines they were adopted BEFORE the owners were located. Both the pre-Katrina owners and the MCSPCA did what they were supposed to do. If holding periods are not established and an owner can at any point in time retrieve an animal then none of us in rescue will ever be able to place an animal again. Hurricane Katrina brought not only wind and water but great loss. No one in this position wins, not the pre-hurricane owners (who have lost their pet), not the rescue (that has been slandered), not those of us that have given our time, money, and our hearts to help. It is past the time to sling mud, instead lets roll up our sleeves and make sure that we learn from our mistakes so that in the future everyone wins.

 
At 12:18 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Has ARNO received any pet food yet?

 
At 7:02 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You have no freakin' idea of what you're talking about! MC SPCA did everything it was NOT supposed to do. It violated half of the minimum sheltering guidelines; it had the owner's address in hand, but never ever bothered to check the lost petfinder reports which would have turned up owner, her phone number and numbers of family. It never had a physical shelter for pets; never provided a telephonenumber; took less than the minimum number of pets than mandated by the guidelines; never mainitained regular business hours. ANd, worst of all, it left a note with a phone number to SOMEONE ELSE ==stating that other entity had the pets and was lookiing forward to reuniting the pets.
DOn't speak when you don't know. You're obviously ignorant.

 
At 7:07 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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At 7:43 AM, Anonymous Eric Rice said...

Maryland Elitist:

Get a grip.

Many of us understand that it is coming to the point where dogs need to go to good homes. Concerning Mrs. Sumralls dogs:

1) Here is the problem, people in positions of power set really really horrible deadlines for people to find pets. Do you really want to live by something that was of such poor judgement? Or do you want to do the right thing. Not to mention you did nothing to find these owners. I could have found them in 10 days with the information you had. We do it everyday.

2) EVERY SINGLE ADOPTER WE HAVE DEALT WITH HAS DECIDED ON THEIR OWN TO DO THE RIGHT THING. I would like to see a letter from the person holding the dogs saying they refuse to give the animals back. I would like to know that they got the personal letter from Mrs. Sumrall about how much she misses her pets. They had first and middle names for Gods sake. They were her children. YOU ARE THE ONLY CASE SO FAR WHERE THE PETS WHERE NOT RETURNED.

3) I met 100’S great owners who were uneducated--- take the chance to “Adopt” Mrs. Sumrall as well. I returned animals to otherwise good people who may not have understood the dangers of heartworm. Must be nice to live in the north where you get this stuff crammed down your noggin. New Orleans is 30 years behind the rest of the country in everything, including education. I educated these people and when I returned the pet I got a solid commitment from them. I have stayed in touch with each one. If you are so concerned do what another group is doing and “Adopt” the animal back to Mrs. Sumrall with conditions that she provide you with Vet receipts. Now you have no excuse.



4) Come over the Baltimore, I will give 100’s animals you can save today that are being abused, neglected…and who are not peoples loved pets.

5) New Orleans itself is fucked because people like you made radical judgements without every having stepped in someone elses shoes. It is one thing to run down to New Orleans for a few days and pick up a few animals to PR for your shelter. Another to do the right thing.

6) It goes way beyond the health of these animals. Some rescuers and some shelters used this as an excuse to go get some very adoptable pets with no regard for OWNERS. That is very scary because these disaster can happen in any state in the country.


THE TRUTH IS YOU LET YOURSELF GET ATTACHED TO THESE ANIMALS VERY EARLY ON. UNDERSTANDABLE BUT GET OVER YOURSELF.

Further all the big groups asked groups to change the Oct deadline to Dec 15th. Everyone with a brain complied.

I don't expect these animals to be held out forever. I expected people to have a heart, giving owners at least some more time. Mrs. Sumrall looked for her pets from day 1 posting lost reports as best she could and with what info she had.

Eric Rice

 
At 7:45 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

PS.
I have reviewed the data. I DO NOT THINK FOR A MINUTE MASPCA did anything to reunite these pets. This was an easy one. aLL THEY HAD TO DO WAS TRY. They more tried to hide to dogs than anything. Do not let them fool you into thinking they met some standard.

Eric Rice

 
At 7:48 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

slandered? who the f was slandered here? that group, which holds itself out as a non-profit that takes people's hard earned cash purportedly to help pets deemed the owner a bad person. It ADMITS and OWNS its elitist attitude--you know, remember the one that this whole nation acted feigned agast to when the images from the streets of New Orleans were spread across the television screens when the levees broke? Slandered? That which is true is not and can never be slander. Now crawl back into your suburban hole and don't come out to tackle the world's problems unless you walk a mile in the shoes of those you judge.

 
At 8:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How the MCSPCA thing could go if people wanted to do the right thing:
THIS LADY IS TAKING THE DOG BACK TO THE OWNER!!!! GETTING PAST HER OWN FEELING TO DO THE RIGHT THING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Message From the owner who finally found her Pet: (request for the dog back)

Behavior is calm and happy(raised in the house). Personality is pleasing and
will lick you to death. She is not fixed. Never been breed. She is in tact.
Extra dew claws (extra toes on paws). Left them on the roof because I didn't
want them in the flood waters and hoped that they would be rescued together.
I stayed through the storm and flooded waters because I didn't want to
leave them alone. My husband, the two huskeys and I stand in the attic for
two days due to the five feet of water in our house. Because our food and
water was getting low we had to leave them, but the remainder of their food
and all the water we had was left for them to survive. Lynn (who has emailed
you) is help us to find our children. We picked-up the male huskey today
from Tylertown and would really love to get our female back. We had her
since she was 7 weeks old and she slept with me every night because my
husband worked at night. He would have to wake me up in the morning to get
her out of the bed so he could get in it. Her name is Nahnook and I call
her Nahnook and Nook. She had a silver chock chain on her when I left her. I
live at xxxxxxx Street by the lakefront airport. I would really like to talk to you about her. I do have a cell phone and would be happy to call
you. I'm living in Gulfport MS right now and will be going back to New
Orleans (because I finally got a trailer) next week. I am also willing to
travel where ever I have to to get her. Please send me your phone # or call
me so that I can talk to you and her. I used to talk to her over the phone
when I was at work or out-of-town when I talked to my husband.
Pleeeeeeeeeeeese call me. This reunion would complete my new year.




From the Adopter/Foster:

I enjoyed talking to the lady, Maria. She seems to be a really nice lady. When I sent additional photos, she called back almost immediately and shouted
"That's my baby! (then breaking down and crying) and gently repeated through tears, "That's my baby."
She thanked me over and over again, which makes me uncomfortable. No thanks is needed, at all.

I could go on and on and on about Nahnook, but I would start crying again.

And, I care deeply for all the fur babies. I won't forget any of them, ever. The babes that dad and I were able to deliver back to their homes, we were invited to visit.
So, hopefully the next trip to Nola I will get to see some of them again. The german sheppard kept me safe and warm (even though he was covered in muck and so very stinky) the night I had to hide because I missed curfew.

Yesss, we are very attached. I'm crying now just typing this...thinking about how she will not be around anymore...it really hurts...
But, I'm also happy that she had two gaurdians and Nikko that loves her very much. And, they she was not alone in the storm. They stayed with them as long as they could.

Nahnook howled last night and stood on her hind legs and put her paws on my tummy. She knew I was upset because I was crying like a big baby. Almost had an asthma attack! I told her that I was happy...but I don't think she believed me. I surely did not want her to see me crying like that.

She always wants to go where ever I go, and she is blowing her coat and my truck is covered in her fur!

I will miss how she fusses at me to get her a treat by tilting her head to the side and looking up at me and makes a sound that's hard to describe, but that I understood.

I can't even keep typing. It's selfish. I should be over joyed. I just love her so much. I hope others can understand...I feel like my heart is hurting.

 
At 9:03 AM, Blogger GDF said...

>>I've heard it said time and time again that people cannot afford the preventative. Well, then they should not own a dog.<<

In that case, you might as well start mass euthanizing of dogs, since you're knocking out all possible homes of poor people in a region with significant economic devastation...that was poor and had a homeless animal crisis prior to Katrina.

I just don't believe that having a dog in your life should be a luxury relegated only to the middle and upper class. First of all, there are simply way too many homeless animals to discount such a large group of people as potential owners. Secondly, there are spiritual and emotional benefits to animal ownership that shouldn't be restricted to just those with the ability to pay. The ability to love doesn't always mean you have the ability to earn a good paycheck.

 
At 9:06 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

no one has ever said they couldnn't afford it stupid. In fact, there are very inexpensive heartworm treatments out there--all that is required is education. Quit being stupid and shut the f up.

 
At 9:44 AM, Blogger GDF said...

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At 10:03 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

gdf:
you are right and we all stand corrected and I apologize for raging so profusely and with impolite profanity. it's just that the amount of resources spent time and money wise to get people to do the right thing would better be spent to help pthe animals and to educate the public. and being one who is taxed to the max with dealing with the naysayers and the uncoooperative, i get enraged and lash out. i felt safe doing it anonymously but i can see that my acting out doesn't help either.
my apologies and all apologies.

 
At 10:10 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So, if Desario is really only concerned about the dogs...Then the perfect option is to adopt the dogs back Belinda with conditions.

Eric is so right, Desario and company could make this such a positive...give the dog back, adopt the owner, run a campaign for donations to help the "owner" get back on her feet after losing everything. Follow up. Give. Be Nice.

 
At 11:17 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good news! 3 Katrina pits will be united with their owners soon

Three lucky pits will go back to their GOOD owners in a couple week. Their owners are now living in Texas, and NO. Our staff will make the long drive to deliver them personally to their owners.

Thirty nine pits have been flown from NO to our sanctuary in Southern California since October 2005.

Several owners did not want their pits back, as soon as they found out their pits would not leave our shelter "intact". We weeded out a lot of fake owners also. Our staff can smell rotten, or fake owners miles away, as we get to know these pits very well. These pits have been treated for HW, and other skin diseases.

We hope there will be more GOOD owners who are still looking for their pits.

Perhaps a few more pits at our shelters can come home to their GOOD owners. In the mean time, they are loved, and cared for. All of them are spayed, neutered, or will be spayed and neutered after other treatments. NO PITS LEAVE OUR SANCTUARY INTACT EVER!!!!

We are still searching for their GOOD owners with the help from other volunteers. Some of them are available for adoption now, since their "rotten owners" did not want them back, because they are no longer "intact".

If you cannot adopt a pit, please sponsor one.
If you want to adopt a pit, please fill out an on line application.

Please visit our site http://www.vrcpitbull.com

A volunteer for Villalobos Rescue Center, and a distant volunteer for Humane Society of Southern Mississippi www.hssm.org

 
At 8:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I live in a part of the country where heartworm is so uncommon that I actually had to "ask my vet" if my pets should be on preventive meds (after hearing about the cases coming out of Katrina's wake)! He said that it wasn't necessary here, and that he himself did not have his own pets on preventive meds (but did when he lived in Michigan). So long story short; since I had no previous experience or knowlegde of HW, hookworm, mange, etc. I too could have made the assumption that ALL these poor pets must have been neglected by their "bad" owners. Instead I choose to keep an open mind until I could make a more educated opinion that based on the sheer numbers of HW+ cases and after reading the countless stories of desperate families frantically searching for the furbabies they were forced to leave behind, I had to conclude that it was not only more of an undereducated situation as well as the fact that New Orleans sits in a vitual swamp area> There ARE documented cases of pets contracting HW that were on preventive meds the entire time. (Very few things in life come with 100% guarantees!) Given the competency of the LASPCA or lack there-of, is it any wonder that there would have been a priority to educate pet owners to the dangers of HW? Are the vets to blame then? Did they emphasize the need for year round preventive meds? We all have access to relatively low cost meds through the Internet. The majority of these owners (whether poor, elderly or whatever the circumstances) apparently didn't even have a computer. Does this make them love their pets any less, are they any less deserving of being reunited with their babies? Those of us who have the means to help, need to step up and do so, instead of narrow-mindedly judging others based on our own "limited circle of knowledge and circumstances" :(

 
At 9:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

^^meant to say NONpriority to educate pet owners to the dangers of HW (by the LASPCA)...

AND I should point out that I do NOT think the vets should be held soley accountable, because they can only advise owners. I think the LASPCA needs to take the "lead role in educating New Orleans and surrounding Parishes of proper pet care."

As to Laura Maloney's qualifications to run the oldest and largest animal protection organization in Louisiana since June 2001> She spent many yrs in the wildlife conservation profession and 2 yrs with an international corp. while pursuing her Master of Business Admin. Degree. She worked for the Philadephia & New York Zoos. (Her husband is the Curator for the NO Audubon Zoo.) Gee, must have missed the experience in domestic animal rescue, but no mind... "The husband and wife team have devoted their professional & personal lives to the welfare of animals" (per the LA/SPCA website). Well elephants, lions, tigers, dogs, cats, canaries... same dif right?! (Good thing she wasn't involved in saving the Pandas!!)

 
At 1:40 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

None of these places that suggest the animals were neglected because they presently have heartworm appear to take into account that many of the animals were without their humans for weeks, surrounded by stagnant water, with breeding mosquitos--and that many of those who had been treated for heartworm pre-Katrina would have missed a treatment post-Katrina and been more susceptible to catching it.

What nonsense, about Northern climates being better for these dogs. With climate change doing what it's doing thanks to our stupidity, it won't be long before the only place to have a dog with minimal risk of heartworm will be Nunavut. What then? Ban dog ownership everywhere but in Arctic?

Ms Deserio's comments do not hold water. She should do the right thing and return the dogs to their rightful owner. This is a stress for the dogs as much as for their momma.

 
At 8:46 AM, Blogger no one said...

Of course the "arguments" posed by MC SPCA are utter nonsense. First, it is not within their authority or power to judge an owner bad or guilty of animal cruelty. SEcond, it did nothing to find the owner and everything to obfuscate where the dogs actually had been taken, even leaving a note misdirecting not only the owner, but the stealth volunteer and a major organization, Alley Cat Allied, as to where dogs were---the note Deserio left advised the owner that ACA had the dogs and gave owner ACA's phone number for the stated purpose of reunification with her pets. Then, the found pet report posted on behalf of MC SPCA includes no phone number and even misidentifies the MC SPCA itself, failing to identify it by legal name, much less a phone number, street address, or hours of operation (of which it has none). Regarding heartworm--the issue is one of education. The owner had been told that garlic acted as a preventative. unfortunately, there is literature to support this. I actually give my pups garlic--it does make their blood less tasty to fleas and mosquitoes, however, I made the hard decision upon moving to the humid south to cave into the pharmaceutical treatment--save the liver or save the heart? Moreover, my neighbor, who could be considerd nothing but the best pet owner, has a dog who, despite being on h/w preventative contracted heartworm. it does happen. Also, Maryland is known not only for having a huge hearworm problem, but also lyme disease. The eastern portion of Maryland, and D.C. all were built on estuaries (swamp land) just as New Orleans and surroudning areas were.

This is just a case of the rich, stubborn, mean, uncaring, judgmental, self-righteous on the one hand and a kind caring willing to learn friend on the other.

 
At 8:46 AM, Blogger no one said...

Of course the "arguments" posed by MC SPCA are utter nonsense. First, it is not within their authority or power to judge an owner bad or guilty of animal cruelty. SEcond, it did nothing to find the owner and everything to obfuscate where the dogs actually had been taken, even leaving a note misdirecting not only the owner, but the stealth volunteer and a major organization, Alley Cat Allied, as to where dogs were---the note Deserio left advised the owner that ACA had the dogs and gave owner ACA's phone number for the stated purpose of reunification with her pets. Then, the found pet report posted on behalf of MC SPCA includes no phone number and even misidentifies the MC SPCA itself, failing to identify it by legal name, much less a phone number, street address, or hours of operation (of which it has none). Regarding heartworm--the issue is one of education. The owner had been told that garlic acted as a preventative. unfortunately, there is literature to support this. I actually give my pups garlic--it does make their blood less tasty to fleas and mosquitoes, however, I made the hard decision upon moving to the humid south to cave into the pharmaceutical treatment--save the liver or save the heart? Moreover, my neighbor, who could be considerd nothing but the best pet owner, has a dog who, despite being on h/w preventative contracted heartworm. it does happen. Also, Maryland is known not only for having a huge hearworm problem, but also lyme disease. The eastern portion of Maryland, and D.C. all were built on estuaries (swamp land) just as New Orleans and surroudning areas were.

This is just a case of the rich, stubborn, mean, uncaring, judgmental, self-righteous on the one hand and a kind caring willing to learn friend on the other.

 
At 9:19 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

From: sbpanimal@aol.com
To: clnicotera@comcast.net
Sent: Friday, January 06, 2006 4:21 PM
Subject: Notice for all Stealth Volunteers


Cindi -

Since we now have access to our actual rabies books, could you put the word out to other volunteers that license tags that were not on our database can be checked for again? Unfortunately, I was not able to keep track of every request. Frankly we thought the books were a total loss.

Not every record is readable and some books are missing (probably not turned in by the veterinary hospitals as yet), but the majority should be there. These are six digit numbers - we recovered most of 2004 and 2005; the first two digits are the year (ie 05) and the last four digits is the actual number of the license. Our licenses are always green and have St. Bernard Parish Animal Control and our (old) phone number on it: 504 278-1535.

Also, Buccaneer Villa Veterinary Hospital lost all their records, but they always purchased the first thousand or so license tags from us; hence their hospital tags have the same numbers as the license, hence we can look those up. Like all veterinary hospitals, their tags were different colors each year (I'm not sure what the last two years were) and have their name and their (old) number on them: 504 271-1234.

It is also worthwhile to try old phone numbers that didn't work before. The phone company is (finally) offering to forward our original home numbers to current numbers (for a fee, of course) and many people can be reached now.

Remember, too, our shelter workers are glad to post notices for any address you may have. Even if it is only a such and such hundred block or the corner of such and such, we will post several if need be; and of course we keep a copy in our office. We request that the volunteer send the petfinder number so that it can be printed out.

To make it a bit easier on us, we ask that the volunteer contact us via e-mail, putting the request in the subject line (ie: license tag 053536; request for posting pf2100 to 3500 block of Livicarri).

Chalmette Animal Hospital was completely on computer; volunteers can e-mail their hospital tag number and I can forward it to Dr. Perniciaro. Their tags had their (old) phone number on them: 504 279-1830. CAH also etched the back of their tags with the pet's name and owner's phone number.

St. Bernard Veterinary Hospital's phone is now forwarded and you can reach them by calling 504 277-0141.

Also, microchips are worth running through our database again, if the volunteer was unable to track down owners as yet. Owners have been calling me with their updated information; some tell me they haven't been back and probably won't ever come back. Put the microchip number in the subject line.

Thank you for all your help (and every Stealth Volunteer) in reuniting our precious pets with their owners. You all are angels.

Ceily

 
At 9:19 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

From: sbpanimal@aol.com
To: clnicotera@comcast.net
Sent: Friday, January 06, 2006 4:21 PM
Subject: Notice for all Stealth Volunteers


Cindi -

Since we now have access to our actual rabies books, could you put the word out to other volunteers that license tags that were not on our database can be checked for again? Unfortunately, I was not able to keep track of every request. Frankly we thought the books were a total loss.

Not every record is readable and some books are missing (probably not turned in by the veterinary hospitals as yet), but the majority should be there. These are six digit numbers - we recovered most of 2004 and 2005; the first two digits are the year (ie 05) and the last four digits is the actual number of the license. Our licenses are always green and have St. Bernard Parish Animal Control and our (old) phone number on it: 504 278-1535.

Also, Buccaneer Villa Veterinary Hospital lost all their records, but they always purchased the first thousand or so license tags from us; hence their hospital tags have the same numbers as the license, hence we can look those up. Like all veterinary hospitals, their tags were different colors each year (I'm not sure what the last two years were) and have their name and their (old) number on them: 504 271-1234.

It is also worthwhile to try old phone numbers that didn't work before. The phone company is (finally) offering to forward our original home numbers to current numbers (for a fee, of course) and many people can be reached now.

Remember, too, our shelter workers are glad to post notices for any address you may have. Even if it is only a such and such hundred block or the corner of such and such, we will post several if need be; and of course we keep a copy in our office. We request that the volunteer send the petfinder number so that it can be printed out.

To make it a bit easier on us, we ask that the volunteer contact us via e-mail, putting the request in the subject line (ie: license tag 053536; request for posting pf2100 to 3500 block of Livicarri).

Chalmette Animal Hospital was completely on computer; volunteers can e-mail their hospital tag number and I can forward it to Dr. Perniciaro. Their tags had their (old) phone number on them: 504 279-1830. CAH also etched the back of their tags with the pet's name and owner's phone number.

St. Bernard Veterinary Hospital's phone is now forwarded and you can reach them by calling 504 277-0141.

Also, microchips are worth running through our database again, if the volunteer was unable to track down owners as yet. Owners have been calling me with their updated information; some tell me they haven't been back and probably won't ever come back. Put the microchip number in the subject line.

Thank you for all your help (and every Stealth Volunteer) in reuniting our precious pets with their owners. You all are angels.

Ceily

 
At 9:25 AM, Blogger no one said...

Dear Ceily:

You are the greatest!

You should let these uncooperative shelters know how hard you continue to work to bring your neighbors pets home to them and that you expect them to behave professionally and to cooperate!

I've sent Miss Coon's pictures everywhere! Do me a favor, em me Roger's phone number again. A reporter is coming by to talk to pet owners regarding what they've been through -- Frankly, I think you should be the star.

Love you and your whole damn Parish! Greatest bunch o' people I ever met.

Kathryn S. Bloomfield

 
At 10:30 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"None of these places that suggest the animals were neglected because they presently have heartworm appear to take into account that many of the animals were without their humans for weeks,..."

It takes six months after the bite for the condition to develop, so it is a valid concern that does need to be addressed, education and support-wise, when animals are returned as these animals were infected before the hurrican.

 
At 10:37 AM, Blogger no one said...

and so were 99% of the dogs rescued. Does that mean all owners are bad?
cite one case where an owner was striped of ownership due to heartwomrs. Cite one case where a private non profit group of wealthy white women have the authority to decide ownership or owner capability. You can't. Because they don't.
If these nonprofits truly live up to their mission statements to save pets, they'll realize there's a human on the other end of the leash. No Humans; no pets. How take care of pets ane ensure their good future and those of future pets? Easy. Talk to owner; educate owner. Facilitate lowo cost spay/neuter; facilitate low cost vet care.
Donate all that cash you take from people and use it to make the world a better place for animals. Don't use it to withhold wrongfully another person's pets.

 
At 6:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

MORE PLACES TO LOOK FOR stb PETS:

SBP pets, JAIL DOGS, etc. (Cross-post)
by celeste7, 1/7/06 18:59 ET
Cross-posted from SV with permission:
Subject: IMPORTANT INFO FROM CIELY regarding SBP pets, JAIL DOGS, etc.

I worked with Ciely down in St B and just talked to her. I know some of you have contacted her, (she said Susan & Cindy) but I don't know how much you all know. So just in case...

The St B jail dogs were picked up by Caddo Parish. (Director Rick) and were moved to the NW Louisiana Humane Society, in Shreveport.

She knows of dogs currently there: A lab, Jack Russell, Terrier, something mixed. They were from the jail. These animals were never put online. (This HS is difficult to work with, I've been told.)

For anyone with St B Pets, the CAMP LUCKY books are available for viewing at the Public Works Center.

There were two Lucky Camps at one time. Camp A was in ST B. Camp B was in the 9th Ward. Shelters, etc., took animals from these camps and were supposed to register them online. The camps took photos and released the pets to them. Many of these animals were never registered as the shelters or groups taking them never followed through. We're talking about a few hundred animals!

Tell your SBP owners to go look in the books at the Public Works Building. (This is next to the Walmart on Judge Perez HWY, all locals know this place, go upstairs to the Public Works office, in the reception area the books are laid out for viewing.)

The old shelter will be open in about ten days and all will be transferred there at that time.You can also tell your owners to look for their pets on loststbernardpets.org, if they're able.

Animals from the 9th ward could also be in St B books as the Lucky Camp B was in the 9th.

Also, the Muttshack books (Same situation as the Camp Lucky books) are currently being registered online and several hundred new animals will suddenly be available on pf. I'm in touch with Sandra, who has the books, now. I will up date ASAP.

Karen O'Toole

 
At 10:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't get it. Volunteers are going in and out of Tylertown on a regular basis. Nearly all are interested in fostering or adopting as individuals, but are usually turned down in favor of 501c3 group placements. Here is this facility 2 hours drive from Tylertown with 75 animals coming in a day, 300 euthanized in November. I know in early Dec there were at least 6 volunteers who were looking for animals to take back home for specific families, like an elderly couple, or single mom with a couple of kids, or someone looking for a huskey, or someone looking for a doxie or doxie mix, or a bichon/poodle mix for a family with allergies. They were mostly looking for small dogs. I wonder if any of the 300 euthanized or the 75 arriving daily would have found a good home from the volunteer "lists". I am assuming that many of those animals coming in have been given up by their owners or are non-hurricane abandoned. Organizations like BF could be telling the volunteers who are looking for certain adoptable animals about Gulfport. I actually found out via an ARNO volunteer. I checked the PetFinder shelter list for adoptable pets from the Humane Society of South Mississippi and the link on the HSSM web site does not work. While I know that there are shelters everywhere in need of homes for pets, is this not an opportunity lost?

 
At 8:48 AM, Blogger no one said...

To Anyone in the Montgomery County, Maryland or Washington D.C. area:
If you have seen these dogs, http://photos1.blogger.com/hello/253/8776/640/found%20pic.jpg, please call Ceily Trogg, ST. Bernard Parish Animal Control at 504-401-0709 or Kathryn S. Bloomfield, 318-934-4001 or 318-861-2695 IMMEDIATELY.
Their original names are Sandy Marie and Coco Ree.

Montgomery County SPCA, Inc. rescued these two dogs post-Katrina from yard of owner, left note for owner that directed her to Alley Cat Allies NOT MC SPCA to be reunited with her pets. It did what appears to be a great job of sheltering and caring for dogs. Full heartworm treatment. But now refuses to return.

MC SPCA now refuses to return dogs to owner. Before you "judge" owner re: heartworm, be advised (1) 99% of Katrina rescues had heartworm; (2) it is a problem that is being addressed now, thanks to ASPCA and BEst Friends through education and low cost vet care being offered; (3) owner was advised by LA-SPCA that garlic was a h/w preventative, which is supported by some literature; and (4) owner is a kind, gentle loving woman who is willing and has learned--there are many of us dedicated to reaching out to the other end of the leash not only to help educate current owners, but also future owners. Education is key to future health of all pets. Not punishment by non-judicial conduct. Reunification was promised. Future disaster response for pets is jeopardized by failure to reunite--no state will allow pet rescuers in if they just take off with pets and fail to return. AVMA and other organizations have offered low-cost and reimbursement for h/w and other vet treatment. Quotes of $1000 to treat h/w are indicative of over-pricing.

 
At 9:17 AM, Blogger no one said...

sorry, links do not work.
go to www.maddogsworld.blogspot.com to see pics of Sandy Marie and Coco Ree (renamed ANdy and Foxy by MC SPCA)

 
At 10:12 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How did the dogs end up in the yard? Was their house damaged during the hurrican?

 
At 10:17 AM, Blogger lauralassiter said...

January 8, 2006 / FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

PRESS CONTACTS:
Jane Garrison: 843-343-8887, 225-298-9501, JaneGarrison@comcast.net

Pia Salk: 323-899-4160, 225-298-9508, piapia@adelphia.net

Brenda Shoss: 314-863-9445, 225-298-9504, kinshipcircle@brick.net


A Neverending Storm for Katrina's Lost Animals
Random acts of cruelty on the rise in New Orleans

By Brenda Shoss, 1/8/06

It was a day like any other, except for the flash of hot, sharp pain. A
rainbow-colored arrow ripped through the cat's body, shredding his
gallbladder, spleen, lung, intestines, and nearly every organ except his
heart. Bewildered, the cat staggered to his feet with an arrow protruding
from either side of his body.

Since Hurricane Katrina stole his home, the black and white cat had burrowed
invisibly under broken buildings near a St. Bernard Parish high school. He'd
emerged at dusk, blending with the dark to scour for food. The cat was just
another shadow among thousands of displaced pets and strays in the New
Orleans area.

No one knows who shot the arrow or how many days the cat survived with a
hole through his body. But on January 3, 2006, someone notified Animal
Rescue New Orleans (ARNO), a volunteer rescue operation on the ground since
October.

ARNO co-director Jane Garrison, former rescue operations coordinator for the
Humane Society of the U.S. at the state shelter in Gonzales, La., instructed
one of her humane trappers to carefully watch the frightened cat without
chasing him away.

In the meantime, Garrison dispatched a volunteer to a veterinary clinic for
acepromazine to safely sedate the cat. ARNO trappers set some tuna-wrapped
ace before the cat, who collapsed but still managed to consume the "bait."
He was rushed to Southeast Veterinary Specialists in Metairie.

He'd survived hurricanes and floods, yet a newly named "Max" now faced the
greatest challenge of his nine feline lives: Surgery to remove his gall
bladder and resection his intestines. Just before surgery, with a chest tube
and IV line embedded under his fur, the gentle tuxedo cat used his paws to
"make muffins" against the hands of hospital staff.

Max awoke from surgery within hours, but his condition remained critical for
two more days. On January 6, Deanna Theis of Southern Animal Foundation
(SAF) in New Orleans, described Max as "not completely out of the woods, but
making progress."

Max is not alone. Random cruelty appears to be on the rise in
hurricane-ravaged areas where people lost homes, jobs, and most of their
memories. While animal abusers represent a minority of the returning
population, their brutality is unsettling.

Within 24 hours of Max's discovery, 13 poisoned cats were uncovered in two
separate locations. A veterinarian confirmed the cats were killed with
antifreeze.

Cadi Schiffer, ARNO's Food/Water Program Coordinator at the group's base
camp in Metairie, notes a disturbing trend in recent weeks. "I've had two
reports of residents shooting at dogs with pellet guns. One of the kids was
throwing stones at the dogs."

Rescuers found a yellow Lab mix nicknamed Canal Girl riddled with 100
pellets. ARNO volunteers also spotted a gaunt, chained dog with no access to
food or water. "When the team went back to follow up, the dog was dead by
the side of the road," says Jessica Higgins, ARNO's Dog Trapping
Coordinator.

The vast majority of returning residents are shocked by this senseless
violence. In fact, many work tirelessly to feed, rescue and foster the
hurricane homeless. Some borrow cars to help sustain more than 2,000 ARNO
food/water stations across 650 sq. miles in Orleans Parish, St. Bernard
Parish and beyond.

Under Louisiana state law, it is a misdemeanor crime to unjustifiably
overwork, injure, or withhold food/water, shelter and veterinary care.
Deliberate torture or mutilation, "aggravated animal cruelty," is a felony.

Garrison and fellow ARNO directors Pia Salk and David Meyer intend to uphold
the law. They ask volunteers to document animal cruelty observed in the
field. They file police reports and urge officials to vigorously investigate
animal abuse offenses. If a suspect is apprehended, they advocate
prosecution to the fullest extent of the law.

Currently, ARNO circulates a flyer that reads: "Official Warning: It is
against the law to harm, poison or kill animals. Rewards offered for
information leading to arrests."

Sometimes, the laws of conscience prevail. In October, a returning NOLA
resident watched her neighbor discard a Doberman alongside a garbage pile.
Although the skin-and-bones dog couldn't lift her head, she was alive. The
witness quickly called ARNO and SAF. Once on IV antibiotics, the dog ate
right out of her caregivers' hands.

Weeks later she walked out of the clinic to join her new family. For this
old girl, the hurricanes and hurt were finally over.


WHAT YOU CAN DO:
1.) If you see someone or know about someone who has harmed, shot, poisoned
or otherwise abused an animal in the New Orleans area, call: 843-343-8887.

2.) Download animal abuse warning flyers from
http://www.AnimalRescueNewOrleans.com to post in hurricane-effected areas.
Or request flyer as attachment from info@kinshipcircle.org.

3.) Volunteer for hurricane animal rescue. Follow instructions under "HOW TO
VOLUNTEER FOR ARNO" at http://www.AnimalRescueNewOrleans.com.

###

Brenda Shoss, Kinship Circle
Volunteer Coordinator & NOLA Food-Water Assignments, Animal Rescue New Orleans
http://www.AnimalRescueNewOrleans.com
http://www.KinshipCircle.org

 
At 11:13 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

AS a child who grew up poor, whose parents were uneducated and would have been severly lax at best given todays standards. Never abused and much loved, our pets lived as well as we did. I cannot imagine how hopeless and desolate my life would have been without my dogs. I doubt that I would have survived my childhood tribulations without warm puppy kisses to wash away tears. How frightening that some well-meaning self-appointed animal saviour could arbitrarly deny a child such as I was the benefit of pets ownership (and therapy) simply because the family does not fit the profile of their definition of a good home. Have you no mercy for these people? Perhaps you should channel some of your personal ideology into some self evaluation. Judge not .....

 
At 11:33 AM, Blogger no one said...

How pups got outside of home:

While we have no eyewitness as to how house was opened up, between the flood waters and Search and rescue teams busting into homes looking for survivors--home ended up opened wide.

Thankfully, Sandy Marie and Coco Ree hung around---were spotted by rescuers on 9/27 or9/28 hanging outside, and then on 10/5, same rescuers came back, saw them still hanging out and rescued them.

 
At 12:02 PM, Blogger no one said...

correction: Sandy marie and Coco Ree were rescued by persons affiliated with MC SPCA and were person or persons who left the note. MC SPCA then signed onto be satellite shelter.

 
At 3:45 PM, Anonymous Eric Rice said...

Sandy Marie and Coco -- the owner also made multiple lost dog reports the second they understodd that they could not get back into the city. They called everyone. MC SPCA simply had to spend 1 hour in PF to find the owner.

Eric Rice

 
At 6:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

PLEASE help me!
I saved my babies from drowning only to be told I had to leave them in a strangers attic near where we were rescued...I am from chalmette in
St. Bernard parish....I have 4 Chihuahua's...a mother and her 3 male pups. The pups are mixed with Maltese/ toy poodle/ pom....they could be mistaken for small terrier mixes
The female's name is Rat...she is a 6lb long-haired Chihuahua...she is fawn and white..white on chest and some mixed in the fawn colored hair on her back and white on her paws...she is missing her four bottom teeth between the k-9's and she has double k-9's her puppies share the double teeth trait if her teeth aren't brushed regularly she will suffer from dental carries. She is nine years old and very sweet....she was wearing a Magenta and black tiger striped collar....

Her sons are: Bosco (weinnie) 1 1/2 yrs old white with tan on back from ears to tip of tail his tail is slightly fanned like his mom's he has two rows of teeth he and his brothers are mixed with toy poodle and Maltese...Bosco's hair is slightly wiry in some places ...he looks like he is wearing a sweater he is long and weighs about 4lbs (no collar) he was clipped before the storm so, his hair may have looked like that of a smooth coated Chihuahua with hair growing back around eyes, mouth and around the neck and chest like a coat collar. His hair on his face around eyes makes him look like he has old man eyebrows....and around his mouth makes him look like he has a Fu Man Chu moustache. Bosco has peach colored tear stains.

Mikey is 9mos old and is curly haired, kind Of fluffy...mixed colors...beige underneath and Charcoal gray/light gray and beige on top...the back of his ears are a rust color He has a beige mask around his eyes, and some beige around his mouth some beige can be seen under the top hair, which is charcoal gray...Mikey has an under bite and looks like a "EWOK" from "Star Wars" he is about 5lbs. he was wearing a black cat collar with rhinestones.

Poody is also 9mos old with cream and white curly hair med/long in length, a little fluffy,and around his ears and his ears are beige ...he has less noticeable beige spots on his back, they are more noticeable when he is wet ...a big one at his rump and a smaller one near his back and one by his shoulder. ....podgy lifts his leg unusually high to urinate...Poody has peachy colored tear stains, he weighs about 3lbs...he was wearing a green cat collar white and yellow fish bones and mice

Please if you can help in anyway please let me know....their last location was in a ripped open attic on keane Dr in chalmette right off of St. Bernard hwy and located right across from C.F. Rowley elementary school I was notified that the were rescued and the address on Keane dr. is 13 Keane drive per the rescue team that went to search again and found no marking on the house just that dogs were in the attic at one time and were rescued before the water went down....I have been looking since Sept. 6th when the shelter were I was residing received outside communications
My phone number is (985)792-1536 I am in Ponchatoula, La.
My other email is bridgette_e_siles2000@yahoo.com
Any help would be deeply appreciated

Thank you,
Bridgette Siles

 
At 9:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello All, Is there anyone near
Lafayette, LA who can save the dog detailed in the post below. His owner can't be bothered to go and pick him up, and his time is up Monday/Jan 9. (This was just posted on Craig's list.)

From link:
http://www.petfinder.org/pet.cgi?action=2&pet=5615631&adTarget=&SessionID=43c02fff08170f58-app1&display=&preview=1&row=0&tmpl=&stat

Contact: Roicy Duhon Animal Control Center, Lafayette, LA
337-291-5645

OWNER DIDN'T CARE
German Shepherd Dog

Size: Large, Age: Adult
Sex: Male, ID: KENNEL 8

Notes: KENNEL 8: Well, these pictures tell the story. This is one devastated dog. His owner was contacted to tell him that his dog was in the euthanizing shelter with limited time, but that owner did not care enough to come for this sweet dog. This is a gorgeous boy who deserves to be treasured, not cast away like an old pair of shoes. This is a breed known for it's intelligence and loyalty to family.....too bad his family was not loyal to him. Yes, he is a gorgeous purebred, but big dogs are passed over more often than not. To make sure that this great dog is safe, please come to the shelter before 5 PM on Monday, Jan. 9. The shelter will make every effort to hold over, but there are only 12 adoption dog runs, and the unwanted dogs continue to come in each day. There are many in stray hold awaiting their turn.


This pet is eligible for a gift of the first month of ShelterCare pet insurance paid for by Petfinder.com.
For more information on pet insurance please visit us online at http://www.sheltercare.com or call 1-866-375-PETS.
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337-291-5645

 
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