On the ground and behind the scenes: A quick snapshot of some of the other work underway for the animals Update: 9/3/05, 6 pm Several humane groups, including the American Humane, the ASPCA, United Animal Nations, and HSUS have rescue teams in the disaster area and are waiting for clearance from FEMA to enter the most critically affected locations. Noah's Wish, working with the city of Slidell, Louisiana, has established an emergency animal shelter at 1325 Bayou Lane, near Heritage Park. The Metro Animal Coalition and several Dallas-area humane groups received 70 animals today from the Southern Animal Foundation shelter in New Orleans. ASPCA staffers are organizing and overseeing the care of animals evacuated to Austin, Texas. Update: 9/2/05, 10 am The Noah's Wish team reached Slidell, Louisiana, and met with emergency management and animal control to begin providing assistance for the animals. Areas of Slidell are still underwater and devastation is widespread. The ASPCA is providing an invaluable service to Alley Cat Allies and many other groups across the country, as well as those providing assistance on the ground in the Gulf States, by coordinating the response to requests for assistance for pets stranded in homes and feral cat colonies. Pet Finder is developing a website where the rescue centers can post information ad photos of rescued animals so that they can be reunited with their families. North Shore Animal League has sent teams into the disaster area to take dogs who are available for adoption from shelters in Florence, Alabama, to the Leagues shelter in New York. They will work to find homes for these dogs and, by moving them out of the state, make room in the shelters for rescued pets. They have also dispatched two mobile clinic units with veterinary staff into the area. They are currently awaiting clearance to get into the hardest hit areas. Paul Berry of Best Friends Animal Society drove to St. Francis Sanctuary in Tylertown, Mississippi, and reports that the sanctuarys 300 dogs and 100 cats are safe, although the area was hard hit. Paul then headed to the Franklinton, Louisiana, SPCA, where conditions are so bad that they were considering euthanizing the 100-200 animals in the shelter. Paul intervened and arranged to transport the animals to the St. Francis Sanctuary. The HSUS National Disaster Animal Response Team, United Animal Nations, and American Humanes response teams are in Jackson, Mississippi, preparing to move into the worst-hit regions. With outstanding foresight and planning, the Louisiana SPCA, based in New Orleans, evacuated all 300 animals in their shelter to the Houston SPCA before the storm hit. The LSPCA shelter is completely flooded. Read about their emergency shelter in Gonzales, Louisiana, established to house animal victims of the hurricane in another section of this update. http://www.alleycat.org/ground.html Hurricane Katrina Animal Rescue Fund Hurricane Katrina has forced many people to take cover at public evacuation centers. Unfortunately, most public evacuation centers do not allow individuals to take their pets. Many animal shelters have opened their doors to provide temporary shelter for pets that are not permitted with their families in the evacuation facilities. Previous to this hurricane, most animal shelters in this area were already at full capacity, and they need urgent help. The North Shore Animal League America ERT (Emergency Response Team) knew immediately our help would be needed. Our goal will be to help alleviate the shelter overcrowding by transporting homeless animals to the League. The magnitude of this hurricane is devastating, and we need to act quickly with your help. Last year, North Shore Animal League America made multiple, successful, rescue missions to the southern states after hurricanes devastated this area of the country in August and September. We know it is possible to make this rescue mission successful; however, we cannot do this without your help. Donate now to help support our Emergency Response Team. If you are interested in having your company match your donation for the Hurricane Katrina Animal Rescue Fund, please fill out the appropriate matching gift form which can be found at your Human Resources Department. If you have any questions please feel free to contact us at 516.883.7900 ext 833. https://secure.ga3.org/01/support_rescue To date NSAL has evacuated some 1000 animals in the stricken areas and 53 so far are up for adoption at the shelter in LI. They are also trying to return pets to their owners. I know human life is more important but I don't see why we can't do both. I was very happy to hear about these organizatons doing this. I can't even imagine the heartbreak of having to leave an animal behind, I couldn't.