Rescue in LouisianaSeptember 26th, 2005
We’ve all seen the images of the disaster left in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Now, the heartbreaking stories of families forced to abandon beloved companion animals are starting to reach us as well. Nightly newscasts show us images of dogs paddling through the contaminated waters that now flood the streets of New Orleans, left to fend for themselves after their human companions were evacuated—or worse. Animals, too, are victims of this devastating crisis. To help the efforts of rescue organizations in this natural disaster of such unimaginable proportions, ALDF quickly boxed up and dispatched truckloads of desperately needed supplies, including hundreds of food bowls and kennels, bound for New Orleans to help animals left homeless and alone by the hurricane and subsequent flooding that has ravaged the city.
ALDF staff members with extensive experience in handling distressed animals are also on their way to Louisiana to join search and rescue teams that are busy tracking down the thousands of trapped and stranded companion animals. For these animals, it is a chance at survival. For their human companions who have already lost so much, it is a glimmer of hope that they might be reconnected with their beloved animals. Click here for updates from ALDF staff working on animal rescue teams in Louisiana.
The need for your support is overwhelming. If you can offer financial aid to the rescuers working night-and-day, against all odds, to save the animal victims of Katrina, please support the excellent work of the Louisiana SPCA.And please continue to support the important work of ALDF back in courtrooms and legislative offices around the nation, ensuring that laws will some day better protect animals from abandonment during such heartbreaking natural disaster and crisis situations.