Thursday, September 08, 2005

Links for locating animals belonging to Katrina survivors [Updated]

Austin Partnership
The ASPCA is working with the Austin Humane Society to establish a hotline for hurricane evacuees from Louisiana and Mississippi who need help in locating their animals. The number there is 512-646-PETS (512-646-7387). As of September 6, the Austin Humane Society has taken in over 75 animals and reunited 15 pets with their people.

Houston Partnership
The Houston SPCA is now receiving animals from Louisiana at two intake centers. They have set up a network of agencies around the country to provide long-term care for the animals. Contact them at 713-802-0555.

ASPCA / 212-876-7700 ext. 4700 / disaster@aspca.org / www.aspca.org
See special message from the ASPCA below.

Trapped Pets (within Louisiana)
To report a pet missing within Louisiana, go to www.vetmed.lsu.edu. The database is actively reviewed and being given to the rescuers in the field.

More Links
Petfinder www.petfinder.org/disaster

United Animal Nations 916-429-2457/ www.uan.org/ears/action_report.html

Houston SPCA 713-802-0555 www.spcahouston.org

Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine 225-925-3980 / www.vetmed.lsu.edu / katrina@ldaf.louisiana.gov

Best Friends Animal Society www.bestfriends.org

American Humane www.american humane.org

Humane Society of the United States www.hsus.org

North Shore Animal League www.nsalamerica.org

[UPDATE 9/10/05:] More links:
IFAW www.ifaw.org/ifaw/general/ Scroll down for links to register your missing pet and for animal rescue groups to request supplies.

Noah's Wish www.noahswish.org/Hurricane%20Katrina.htm
Rescues and shelters animals during disasters. Includes how to help and
volunteer opportunities. Has set up disaster animal shelter in Slidell, La.

SPECIAL MESSAGE FOR HURRICANE SURVIVORS WHO HAVE BECOME SEPARATED FROM THEIR PETS
From the ASPCA

To be separated from your pet in a disaster is very upsetting. The hardest part may be not knowing the fate of your beloved animal. Some people want to hold on to the hope that their pet has found a way to survive; others can take some comfort in the realization that their pet may now be at peace. We all feel guilty when we can't protect the lives of innocent creatures who depended on us.

If your pet has died in this disaster, please remind yourself that you provided a very good life for your pet before this awful event. Now your main goal has to be your own recovery and eventual well-being. You know that is what your pet would want for you.

If you need help with grieving the death of a pet, or need comfort and support if you have been separated from your pet, please call our Pet Loss Hotline. Call 1-800-946-4646, and enter pin #140-7211 and then your own phone number. Dr. LaFarge will call you back as soon as she can.

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