Wednesday, June 07, 2006

A special rescuer

Shannon Hartwick Moore

MOORE Shannon Hartwick Moore, passionate advocate for animals and active volunteer for many humane organizations in the New Orleans area, died May 31. A lifelong resident of New Orleans and Metairie, Shannon was 36. She was a magna cum laude graduate of Loyola University and, at the time of her death, was a partner with Fitzmaurice & Moore Associates CPAs. Shannon's volunteer work for animals leaves an imprint that survives her. On behalf of the animals she loved, Shannon formed (SOS) Supporters of Save Our Pets. She was instrumental in rallying grassroots support and awareness for the Louisiana Pet Evacuation Bill so that pet owners would never again be forced to abandon their pets in the event of a disaster. She was a driving force behind the People & Pets March to the State Capitol steps this spring, part of a coordinated non-stop push for passage of the bill. Although her possessions had been damaged by Katrina, Shannon's response was to focus on saving the lives of hundreds of the thousands of hurricane stranded animals. ***Continued in the first comment***

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At 1:09 PM, Anonymous Eric Rice said...

Shannon. Continued.....Although her possessions had been damaged by Katrina, Shannon's response was to focus on saving the lives of hundreds of the thousands of hurricane stranded animals. She immediately volunteered for food/water programs to sustain displaced pets and strays in the streets. Shannon realized most of the animals she helped rescue and comfort had known warm laps, familiar voices and homes before the hurricanes. She became a Stealth Volunteer and spent countless hours in the challenging quest of reuniting missing pets and their grieving owners. Horses were Shannon's great love. The fate of large animals in the wake of hurricanes Katrina and Rita impacted her deeply. Unable to stand by as horses starved, she became fiercely involved in saving them. It is difficult to estimate the number of truckloads of hay and the huge quantity of food and supplies she moved for animals struggling to survive in Gulf Coast areas. She created the HayThere group to assist hay producers and consumers via an online marketplace for hay and feed goods. One of Shannon's great gifts was an innate ability to bring information, people, transports and supplies together. If all else failed, she'd hop into a vehicle and deliver the feed/ supplies herself. She was a one-woman information clearinghouse. Any animal rescue group that needed statistics, a news story or contact information counted on Shannon. She practiced compassion in an unassuming way that never called for recognition or accolades. Shannon was beautiful, graceful, empathetic, kind, determined, impatient, fun, intelligent, tenacious, gracious, shy, honest, loyal and idealistic. Preceded in death by her beloved dog, Ginson, and her paint mare, Ivy, Shannon is sadly missed by her family. She will be buried at Metairie Cemetery, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd. on Tuesday, June 6 at 10:00 a.m. Shannon is best honored by acts of kindness and compassion and by passionate efforts to improve animal welfare standards in Louisiana. The family suggests that in lieu of flowers, donations be sent to: Alley Cat Allies ""In Memory of Shannon Moore,'' 7920 Norfolk Ave., Suite 600, Bethesda, MD 20814-2525; http://www.alleycat.org. To view and sign the Family Guestbook, please visit www.lakelawnmetairie.com. LAKE LAWN METAIRIE FUNERAL HOME in charge of arrangements.

 
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At 11:58 AM, Anonymous Eric Rice said...

A letter from Shannon's mom

Friday, June 09, 2006 10:18:24 AM
Jennie Hartwick Adams said...

I like Billie's analogy. I was thinking of a supernova, burning bright at the end of its life, but I like the comet analogy better; a comet makes a bright light but goes on to shine somewhere else. ...

Brenda's open letter had reached me a few days ago and, of course, it hit the mark and consoled me that Shannon was "seen" and loved.

Shannon gave her all, but giving her all was her style. Do not weep, please, that she cared deeply. Rejoice.

I wish there could be a national day of unmourning. Everyone involved with Katrina, Rita and animal advocacy would take the day off and go to the beach. Take the dog. Play.

You just cannot rescue the animals if you do not regularly rescue yourself.

But then, please, turn your focus to the animals. Do NOT forget Shannon. Pray for her. Carry her in your heart. But put your focus on the LIVES that need you, including your own.

I heard that the La. Pet Evacuation Bill may die. Now THAT is a life worth saving. Can anyone help?!

- Shannon's Mom

 
At 6:21 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

please rescuers, take the time out to nurture and care for yourselves. You cannot save them all no matter how hard you try. You cannot save ANY if you are physically and emotionally run down yourself. Take a personal moment in Shannons honor. Take a breather and do whatever re-charges your batteries. The animals and your fellow rescuers need you whole and healthy.

 
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