Sunday, September 04, 2005
What About the Animals?
(NEW ORLEANS - Mary Foster, Associated Press Sept. 3, 2005)
At the front of the line, the weary refugees waded through ankle-deep water, grabbed a bottle of water from state troopers and happily hopped on buses that would deliver them from the horrendous conditions of the Superdome.
At the back end of the line, people jammed against police barricades in the rain. Refugees passed out and had to be lifted hand-over-hand overhead to medics. Pets were not allowed on the bus, and when a police officer confiscated a little boy's dog, the child cried until he vomited. "Snowball, snowball," he cried.......
Although the human misery caused by Hurricane Katrina is virtually incomprehensible, the plight of the animals which have been left behind is equally tragic. The people will eventually receive help. That is a given. Unfortunately, the animals have no such assurance that they will be given a second chance.
There will be billions of dollars in relief aid, of which virtually nothing - apart from private donations - will go to the animal shelters, ASPCA, or other animal rescue groups. Yet these organizations are also overwhelmed by the magnitude of this disaster, with the only possible outcome being the euthanising of tens of thousands of animals; animals which only last week were inseparable companions of families, children, the sick and aged.
It is no exaggeration to say that a donation of only ten to twenty dollars to organizations such as the ASPCA will mean one more animal can be fed and kept alive long enough for a new home to be found.
Link to people and organizations involved in saving the four-legged victims of Hurricane Katrina.
A 4-legged survivor of Hurricane Katrina
Pet rescue plans underway in wake of Katrina
New Orleans couple mourns fate of their dogs
Wildlife will require time to bounce back - Houston Chronicle