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Saturday, September 03, 2005

Pets and Hurricane Katrina

Sadly, in disaster situations such as with Hurricane Katrina, animals and pets are often left behind, to fend for themselves.

Many of you already know how I feel about animals. I will never understand how anyone could leave their pets behind but I suppose in the chaos, the fear and the panic, I guess it happens.

The Humane Society of The United States has launched a massive effort to rescue pets and animals left behind during the evacuation. Last night alone they rescued 130 animals in Mississippi and I'm sure they will continue with their efforts until they've saved all that they could find.

Many donations are going towards helping the people and that's great. I'm all for that. But my donations at this particular time will be going to the HSUS to help them with the animals.

If you would like to help them, here is the website for the The Humane Society Of The United States

There is a link on their website to make a donation now using a credit card or I'm sure you can send them a check.

Thank you,


P.S. You may already know that this is my Lucy. She was a rescue, not from a disaster situation, but from our backyard. We have no idea where she came from.



Janet said...

That is very important work they do. I agree Pam, my animals are my family...where I go, they go.

Gina E. said...

I am so pleased you posted this, Pam. I was wondering what was happening with the animals. I saw on Fox where many people had their dogs (and presumably cats) with them on leads and in baskets, and were being loaded into trucks, helicopters, etc. so I was aware that some people were able to take their pets with them when they fled. But my heart aches to think of the countless ones that had to be left behind because the owners just didn't have a choice. Ken and I always vow that in an emergency situation, the first things we would grab would be our pets. But it can be difficult. I remember seeing footage of one of our terrible bushfires, where a man had aviaries of birds in his back yard - much like Ken had. When the fires came, he had to get out in a hurry, but he opened all the doors and hoped the birds would fly to safety. Of course, many of them didn't, and perished in the fire, and the video showed him in tears, standing by what was left of the aviaries. Awful.
The Humane Society does a fantastic job all over the world. I contribute to them here whenever I can.

Gina E. said...

Hi again Pam - next day! I just donated US$50 to the Humane Society, using your link here. I don't know if it is tax deductible in Oz, seeing it is a donation overseas, but I don't care about that. Just wanted to do something for the animals.

Pam Kellogg said...

OH Gina, you are so sweet! Thank you so very much! I saw on the news this morning that the HSUS was down there, working hard and already getting animals back to their owners. It really lifted my spirits. Thank you so much for your donation to them Gina! Hugs to you too!

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