Friday, September 09, 2005


-- This post will only remain up for one day --

The Iberia Humane Society is meeting up with Best Friends of New Orleans to rescue left-behind pets. We will need 'permission slips' to go into peoples homes to retrieve their pets. Please fax written permission for all of the following on 1 letter: Iberia Humane Society and Best Friends and Kelsey Rivera and Dr. Eric White giving them permission to break into homes and retrieve pets. We may not all be together all of the time, so please make sure all 4 are given permission. We need descriptions of your pet and your address. If you want us to break windows, please say so - DESCRIBE BEST WAY TO GET INTO HOME AND LIKELY AREA WITHIN FOR THE PET. Also, where do you want your pet to go? ALSO YOUR CONTACT INFO!

This will all go down tomorrow, sorry for the short warning -- this has been evolving rapidly and has only now truly come together.

fax number 337/828-4319

We will treat your homes and pets with the UTMOST RESPECT.

No Promises/Guarantees regarding pets. These people will work their ass off for you though.

DO NOT EMAIL gulfsails regarding this matter, although I will be tagging along and will provide assistance and photos after the fact.


Anonymous wlfary said...

I hope they do not make you leave lso if you are well and self sufficient. Is it true they are starting to shoot pets that are being left as their owners retrieve items for evacuating? I can see euthanasia if the pet is threatening but that is not the situation being transmitted thru other blogs.How can I help you?

9:09 AM, September 09, 2005  
Blogger TAG said...

If you would like to help -- please make a donation to the Iberia Humane Society...

Thanks, your help is greatly appreciated.

9:35 AM, September 09, 2005  
Anonymous wlfary said...

Done-by PayPal.It doesn't look like they get too many from PayPal so you may want to tell them to check their account.Thanx

10:34 AM, September 09, 2005  
Blogger bichonpawz said...

The pets left behind really need people like you!! Thanks for doing whatever you can for those in need!

10:58 AM, September 09, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How do we know this isn't a hoax? It sounds like a good rationale for people to break into homes. I'd love to believe it's true, but we need some form of verification.

12:04 PM, September 09, 2005  
Anonymous wlfary said...

Gimmee a break,since when do dishonest people ask for permission to break into a home knowing there are frightened animals inside?

12:13 PM, September 09, 2005  
Blogger TAG said...

You can do your research on the web. I have links posted. You can call them if you wish. You know pretty standard stuff.

I personally know Kelsey Rivera. I crew on her dad's boat.

12:19 PM, September 09, 2005  
Anonymous Kelsey said...

Would I risk my safety and life, not to mention good health to rob someone's home? Let me mention that getting a Hepatitis shot is NOT a pain free process nor is it covered by health insurance. I did not pay $100 for a vaccination to steal.
You illustrate the point " The more people I meet, the more I like my dogs."

12:20 PM, September 09, 2005  
Anonymous Beverly said...

Don't let one naysayer Cassandra get you down. Keep up the good work and thanks so much for the information and your efforts. Donating was easy and a no-brainer. Best of luck from New Mexico.

12:25 PM, September 09, 2005  
Anonymous Linda in California said...

You rock Kelsey! Thank you for all you are doing to help save animals from Hurricane Katrina. Don't let someone who is not even willing to use their name discourage you. Best of luck and I am praying for you. God Bless You, Best Friends and all others who are helping the trapped animals.

12:43 PM, September 09, 2005  
Anonymous Andrea Graves said...

Thank you all so much for getting out there and rescuing pets!!! I was absolutely heartbroken to hear that people had to leave them behind! I have been sending donations to various animal rescue efforts out there, but am still sad that is all I can do from out here in California. I would take some in for temporary safekeeping, but I have no idea how they would get here. I feel so helpless to do anything more than send money and keep checking status of the efforts. You are truly amazing people to do this and rescue the familiy members that had to be left behind.

12:44 PM, September 09, 2005  
Anonymous Tammie B said...

God bless each and every one of you that are saving the animals. I will keep everyone in my prayers that your journey keeps you safe and out of harms way. You all are true blessings to risk your health to save the animals. Thank you for saving the ones who can't save themselves!

12:50 PM, September 09, 2005  
Anonymous Sarah Reif said...

Thank You so much for doing this. It is so sad to see these animals in this situation. It was there owners choice to stay and now there pets are the ones suffering the most. I live in NC and if there is anything I can do to help let me know.

1:02 PM, September 09, 2005  
Anonymous Sarah Reif said...

Thank You so much for doing this. It is so sad to see these animals in this situation. It was there owners choice to stay and now there pets are the ones suffering the most. I live in NC and if there is anything I can do to help let me know.

1:02 PM, September 09, 2005  
Blogger Rebecca said...

The greatest measure of all of us is the effort of some for the smallest of us. Thank you, thank you, thank you for risking yourselves on behalf of the animals that complete so many of our lives!!! Like Linda in California I can only send money and I will. I'm waiting to hear how I might adopt an animal refugee so if you know of anyway, please blog it or stick it up on your website now that I know you exist. Anonymous idiot that wrote you their email did give me an idea - perhaps you could ask permission to grab cans or undamaged bags of food too while you're in the homes retrieving animals. Take care and god bless!

1:06 PM, September 09, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Noticed that you are involved with Best Friends--an outstanding organization that reaches out locally and nationally to all animals. To any who are interested, I suggest you check them out on the Web (their home base is in Utah) and support them generously. They are for real.

1:31 PM, September 09, 2005  
Blogger Clint said...

You and your team represent the best of humanity. My upmost respect and good wishes to you for taking on such a noble cause. You deserve a heros welcome home when you're done. Wish I were there to thank you in person, and pitch in a helping hand. Gods Speed to you and those with you. Clint

1:41 PM, September 09, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think its great what you are doing. I spend alot of time taking care of rescue animals. My heart goes out to them and my prayers are there for you. But it upsets me to read such comments as Sarah Reif thinking you are trying do something very kind I doubt you have less compansion for the owners in this situation. The people may of had the chance to leave but sad as it is they did'nt for reasons that you and I can't base opinions on. The animals are important but to give any animal more value of life and sympathy than all the families is rediculous. My prayers go out to this project, but please dont make it a human vs animal debate. This is where we as animals protectors will lose a big fight people will get angry, and the help we need to keep projects like this and local projects funded will be affected. U

1:42 PM, September 09, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is so frustrating to watch tv and see all the poor scared animals out there. Thank the good Lord for people like you. I only wish I could get out there and help--the greatest reward would be to have a friendly nudge or lick from a victim.

1:47 PM, September 09, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Personally, I think this is a legit relief and rescue effort.

But please don't get mad at the person who asked for more verification. I think it's a valid concern. There are scams everywhere right now. Just today a website was shut down and was found to be a fraud. They were trying to mimic the REAL American Red Cross, and their website looked the same as the real one. But the REAL American Red Cross' address is just "" and the fraudulent one added the word "american" to the beginning of the address. See how easy it is to be taken in by a scam?

Look at this as an opportunity to provide people with more information and proof of legitimacy, so that you will receive MORE money and MORE help. We certainly don't want people sending their hart-earned money to scam artists when it could be helping the victims of Katrina (people or animals).

3:05 PM, September 09, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

uhhh...that would be "hard-earned" money.

Sorry I didn't preview my post before sending. :)

3:08 PM, September 09, 2005  
Blogger Scottishindian said...

God Bless you for what you are doing. These poor animals have no idea what has happened. They are scared, hungry, thirsty and missing the humans that once held them close.
The other Animal Rescue Groups, should be glad that you risk your life to do this.
Please do your best to find the animals, and save them.

4:11 PM, September 09, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you soo much for what you are doing, please don't let the negative attitudes of people get you down, you are doing a wonderful thing and you should know that!

7:27 PM, September 09, 2005  
Blogger TAG said...

Everyone going on this expedition tomorrow has true empathy for these animals plights - no matter how they ended up there - These people are volunteers and have subjected themselves to all sorts of apparantly painful innoculations and that's only the start of what they're willing to do. I just hope I can keep up and that we can get in. You'll know soon enough.

8:00 PM, September 09, 2005  
Anonymous Kelsey said...

Well, the trucks are loaded, as is the boat. The President of St. Mary's Humane Society loaned us 23 of her own cages (for her personal animals evacuation). I managed to not get any wounds for weeks, and today my parents dogs wraped their lead around my knee--rope burn, gotta love that. I showed the vet that's going with us (since the vet seems to be my primary physician-I have 8 dogs)and was told "Don't get it wet" in a most casual manner. Needless to say I'll be in suspender style waders most of the time.
We all appreciate y'alls support and appreciation...not to mention donations. Has anybody else noticed how expensive it is to gas up large trucks??
Wish us luck getting through checkpoints.
Troy, can you loan us the S.W.A.T. guys??

10:08 PM, September 09, 2005  
Blogger Nathalie6 said...



2:32 AM, September 10, 2005  
Blogger Nathalie6 said...



Thank you!!

3:19 AM, September 10, 2005  
Blogger Jackie R. said...

Thank you for what you are doing!
God bless you!

8:46 AM, September 13, 2005  
Blogger Nathalie6 said...

THANK YOU - THANK YOU - THANK YOU!!!!!!! Your stupendous, compassionate team found our friend's cat, Sister Mary Agnes today. GOD BLESS YOU ALL FOREVER. AND THANK YOU, TIFFANY (sorry if I didn't spell your name right) for the phone call and for letting me hear Sister Mary Agnes' voice. I WILL BE MAKING A DONATION - ABSOLUTELY COUNT ON IT!!!!!!!!!!!!

God Bless You ALL!!!!!!!!!!!

Nathalie Yafet

4:05 PM, September 13, 2005  

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