As Mardi Gras 2006 fades into memory we tend to forget that there are still many companion animals suffering from Katrina. Most of the rescue efforts for them have stopped but many dogs still need help. Many have not been reunited with their families and many will never be reunited and must find new forever homes. The following email came in from one Northeastern group that is still trying to help our canine friends left destitute by Katrina.
As you well know most animal rescue operations in the Gulf have now ended. Most shelters around the country are full. However, we have located two major shelters which have room as they never took any Katrina animals. Several of us are leaving around the first of March to drive down the East Coast to New Orleans to bring hay to horses and farm animals, reunite animals, and bring back 1-2 dozen dogs and cats to two major east coast shelters for adoption. These two shelters have opened up new areas just to absorb Katrina animals and if we do not go and bring them a terrific opportunity will be lost. WE NEED YOUR HELP TO PULL THIS OFF AS WE ARE AN ALL VOLUNTEER GROUP.
This is the third major rescue trip we are making to help surviving Gulf Coast animals. In the past we took groups of 6 and then 12 volunteers, and brought back over a dozen dogs and cats. Most of those animals have now been adopted. Details are available on our web site at www.CompanionAnimalNetworkTV.org.
Anyone who wants to participate in a group effort like this but prefers to fly to New Orleans instead of driving down with us can be picked up at the New Orleans airport. Everyone can set their own return date and method. However, we need help in the return part of this trip as two dozen dogs are extremely difficult to drive 1300 miles.
This is going to be a brutal summer for Katrina-surviving Gulf Coast animals. We need to support our animal friends through one more summer season.
a) work with the local rescue efforts
b) walking and rehabilitating dogs
c) feeding and watering street cats and dogs and
d) trapping and adoption.
Many of us have suffered enormous personal sacrifice for Katrina-surviving animals. However, we will have prematurely withdrawn the life support for our animal friends if we do not keep up our collective efforts going in the Gulf for at least one year after Katrina.
I want to remind everyone that it has ONLY been six months since Katrina hit. We need to put out our love and energy one more summer season. Just one more summer season! After that enough people will have returned to at least provide some support for these animals. But this summer will be brutal down there. If we do not step up to the plate no one else will either.
Please contact garo@CompanionAnimalNetworkTV.org OR CALL 718-544-PETS to help us make this happen.