Sunday, September 11, 2005

Pet Rescue... Fighting On.

First the accolades.

Michael Lohr, a civilian from Los Angeles, who finessed his way to the front lines specifically to help in the pet rescue worked his ass off today. He is EXTREMELY upset with major nationwide animal rights groups who are still to wary of potential security issues to come down here and help.

Everyone needs to realize, most of these rescues are being done by various Louisiana Humane Societies, people who are determined enough to come in individually from around the city, the state and the country who are what I've been classifying as animal radicals, and your average New Orleanians who are horrified by the stories trickling out of the desparation and plight of these animals... and trust me, we're not talking hundreds of people here.

You don't even want to begin to hear the horror stories percolating out of St. Bernard Parish.

We have not seen a whit of any national groups down here at our site. None at all. And are not hearing about much outside assistance throughout the devastated parishes and coastal Mississippi.

I'm a civilian and I'm starting to rant... back to accolades.

The Animal Rescue Foundation of Lafayette, Louisiana moved in today and brought some much needed assistance.

Dr. Martha Gomez of the Audubon Institute, a research vet who primarily has been studying cloning and actually cloned some type of cat (I can't remember) has been helping onsite with direct and much needed care.

Kelsey is basically killing herself. We have convinced her to take the morning off - I just got off the phone with her at 11:02 pm and she is not even home yet, she left New Iberia at 3:00 this morning. She is also being hampered by individuals who have tracked down her phone numbers and are calling incessantly. Please curb your behavior people. It is already chaotic as hell down here. Follow our instructions. See below.

But most loudly - everyone wanted to yell out thanks to the Oregon and Wisconsin National Guards and California Rescue. These guys, whether supposed to or not, have started taking rescuers out on their watercraft today.

Unfortunately though, today's efforts did not result in too many wins. 4 dogs and 3 cats.

There were some malfunctions with a few boats, in fact one of our dedicated search boats broke down in that wasteland and had to be rescued themselves.

But this fight will continue first thing tomorrow. Families are trickling in and delivering first hand information on where to find their trapped pets. It gets very emotional, and these people are desparate. We're going on 15 days since the storm.

If you have a pet which needs to be rescued please follow the instructions on this link. Also a good bet is to contact Best Friends of New Orleans (I'm working on that number). Realize that the group that I have been following are primarily working in the flooded areas of the Lakefront and to some extent Mid-City. Feel free to fax in your alert, but do not stop sending it to other groups. If we can get to them, we will try and realize we are doing our best with limited resources, limited command structure, and NO outside assistance.

Again, if you would like to contribute financially, please visit the following sites. These are the hands on groups and individuals who are wading through that foul water, feeding, caring and housing these animals. Thanks.

Iberia Parish Humane Society
Animal Rescue Foundation of Lafayette, Louisiana

Below: Michael Lohr taking down information from a desparate pet owner.

Below: The Decontamination scrub down area.


Blogger Carolyn said...

Bless you

12:14 AM, September 12, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You've got some pretty high-powered help:

Following the birth of domestic cat clone Cc in 2001, Martha Gomez's team at the Audubon Center for Research of Endangered Species (New Orleans, Louisiana, USA) cloned the African wild cat in 2003, using domestic cats as surrogate mothers. (

Since then, Drs. Pope and Gomez, along with the team of scientists at Audubon's research center, have produced three additional litters for a total of seven African wildcat clones...The Audubon births are the first time any two wild species clones have reproduced naturally, and the first time two cloned animals of any cat species, either wild or domestic, have reproduced naturally. (

It's people like Martha and Kelsey and Michael and you and all the others, who just jump in to do the next right thing, that give me hope for the future.

Mark in OREGON

12:34 AM, September 12, 2005  
Blogger Michele Michaels said...

Thank you so very much for the work you are doing. I want you to know I have been keeping my radio audience abreast of the pet rescue efforts, and I appreciate so much the effort it must take to blog after the days you have.

12:52 AM, September 12, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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Just stumbled on this site, and thought
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Next. We believe that we have a solution here that can help for the next time which is likely. FEMA is casting all over for housing solutions and, not surprising, many are cashing in on this windfall of gov’t contracts. Shameful price gouging but that’s for another day/post.

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2:45 AM, September 12, 2005  
Anonymous Tina said...

Have been following your blog through these difficult times. I support your efforts to save these animals 100%. All of us in Houston are doing what we can in our own way, and wish you the best in the coming days, weeks, and months getting your home and city back.

Something that may be of interest to you...
CNN report on pet rescues:

3:33 AM, September 12, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Our local Cincinnati SPCA received 30 evacuted pets last week and they were adopted within a couple hours. These were pets already in a shelter prior to Katrina. Now they are starting a new program to foster pets found since Katrina. If they are not claimed then they will placed up for adoption. See article below:

SPCA Answers The Call For Relief Help

LAST UPDATE: 9/12/2005 10:58:06 PM

Pets that survived Hurricane Katrina will be up for adoption in the Tri-State.

2,500 animals are being housed in a convention center in Gonzales, Louisiana. The SPCA left Monday to pick up 200 of them, and bring them back to the Tri-State.

"How we treat our animals is paralleled in how we treat each other," said Harold Dates, Cincinnati SPCA.

"We'll have a veterinarian medical team to go over them," said Dates. "We'll have groomers. We'll have people decontaminating them, we're going to do it right."

Organizers said each pet will get "microchipped" and have a digital photo taken. The pictures will be displayed on a website for hurricane families who are missing any pets. Any animal not claimed by October 15th will be up for adoption.

"They're the nitty, gritty animals from the streets of New Orleans, and we're going to be asking the public to shelter them in their homes."

Until the deadline, each animal simply needs a foster family.

"If we show these animals compassion and respect, in turn, we'll show it to each other. That's what needs to be done."

If you're interested in fostering a pet: registration starts at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday at the SPCA. That's located at 11900 Conray Road in Sharonville. You can ask for a dog or a cat. The Hamilton County Sheriff's Department will be there confirming addresses.

You can contact the SPCA at (513) 489-7387.

9:29 AM, September 13, 2005  

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