Saturday, September 10, 2005

Tetanus Shots and a Regimen of Augmentin - It's Good For You!


Another bizarre and surreal day on top of so many bizarre and surreal days.

At 8:00am this morning our 'team' of pet rescuers headed out to the boat launch at the intersection of Veterans Highway and Fleur De Lis... that's on the overpass that crosses the 17th St. Canal where you drive from fair normality to extreme devastation and uninhabitability.

We were the first ones there, and from the outset you can immediately see the decrease in the water levels. Flatboats, Boston Whalers and Mako's line the side of the road, beached in lines rising up the overpass to where on last Tuesday say, they were floating. The good news is that the water in Lakeview is definately dropping more rapidly than anyone was expecting or was saying... probably close to four feet now, out of a total of 16 feet in some places.

Our team is made up of one veternarian, one Iberia Humane Society member, one St. Mary Humane Society member, a New Orleans lawyer who's home in Lakeview had four feet of water in it, and myself... one of the amazing things you'll understand after you keep reading is that our 'team' definately grew larger... regular old New Orleanians who simply wanted to do something were coming up and volunteering on the spot. Even if it was just to sit there and talk to the cats, they all wanted to do something to help.

Armed with two flatboats, around 30 cages of varying sizes and three pairs of chest high waders - we set out to work launching the boats, which is fairly difficult because this ain't a boat launch... it's a road and the slope is not that sharp. The trucks were at the point of stalling and taking on water as we backed down the street.

We struck out on our first missions for a few specific cats and birds. We were definately NOT well organized; we learned a lot of lessons today.

Navigating the streets is odd and definately dangerous. At any minute your boat could beach on the roof of a car or hit a land rise were the curb is only a foot below the dark, stinky, milky, poisonous, sewage infused water... if you can even call it water. Streets are blocked by downed trees, power poles, low slung electric lines and the what were high branches of giant oak trees. Lakeview has also been settling for years, some streets are higher than others and you learn how to read the water, sort of. Debris is everywhere.

Our first stop was on Canal Blvd., so we took West End to Harrison and eventually found our first house. We litterally drove the boat straight up to the front door and then did what we had to do and were given permission to do - we broke in. In most of the faxes we received, we asked and were given very specific instructions on how to get into the homes... this went out the door on our first rescue. It's impossible to get into backyards, the water levels are over the protection of our waders and everyone has fences. This first house we went in through the front window, trying to be as least damaging as possible.

Inside the house... crazy. On all first floors the water either reached the ceiling or close to it. everything that could float, did and then as the water dropped, they deposited themselves wherever the hell they wanted to go. Everything has been touched by this evil water. You fear for yourself as you stumble, trying not to get your hands on anything - even while wearing gloves. Homes with carpeting suck. The carpets have all pulled up and they feel like mud. You can't even see little coffee tables or lamps or tv's... anything under that water.

This home we were in held two cats. The owner was on a busines trip when Katrina struck. Her animals, surprisingly alive... how anything could survive is mindboggling. They had no food. They had to have been drinking the flood water on the first floor. They lived together for probably years, but had been fighting... one was severly lacerated around the face... they had fought each other for whatever scraps of food they could find... cockroaches? who knows?

I learned immediately that these pets... all of them do NOT want to be rescued. They are all freaked out. They are all starving and dehydrated or sick. They are all scared beyond belief. I had forgotten to wear my gloves retrieving this one cat - it scratched me and bit me drawing a fair amount of blood on my hand... I've never done this before... I learned rapidly... must wear gloves.

I also learned, that you actually have to be almost violent with a lot of these cats in order to save their lives and save yourself from getting injured or falling in the water when a cat tries to claw its way up your face. You don't injure them, but they don't know you. They don't want to get in a cage, and they certainly don't want to be brought near water. We all also learned immediately to bring the cages inside with us.

Nevertheless, on our first stop we saved two cats.

I feel that before I continue I need to explain something about why most of these pets are in this predicament. No one, at least that we know of yet, knew that there was going to be a levee breach. Many people stayed and rode the storm out, and ended up being rescued. They were not allowed to take pets out with them on helicopters or boats. Many people evacuated figuring that their pets would be ok. Some were out of town. Whatever.

On our first run, we rescued five cats. This took almost three hours. As we pulled back up to the 'boat launch' a Coast Guard patrol was right next to us having saved an old man in his seventies. He was covered in rashes... He had been living in his house filled with that water for 13 days. They got someone's dad, or grandfather, or brother. We got five cats.

It was at this point a guy named Mike joined our crew. Early thirties, an auto mechanic, his house and his mother-in-laws house are both under water. He had been coming out there for the last three days hoping to get someone to take him to rescue his mother-in-laws pug. It turns out that she is Ronnie Virgets girlfriend. Virgets is a New Orleans character, writer and all around true New Orleanian, who had been missing for several days and was feared dead. Anyway, he was rescued... but the pug was left behind.

Mike joined Kelsey and I as we made another run. He was a trooper. He scaled houses to get to the 2nd floors, became an expert navigator driving the boat and a teller of very bad driving jokes... you know crap about making illegal lefts and going up the wrong way on streets. He ended up working with us all day.

We tried to make a run to get the pug, but quickly discovered a major obstacle. The railroad and her low bridges. A lot of Lakeview roads go under the trestle, and with the water as high as it is, it's impassable. We actually considered hauling the boat up and over the railroad at one point.

We had to move on though, there were other pets. He never complained, but I know that Kelsey and I both understood that no matter what, we were going to get into that house to get the pug - dead or alive. If there was anything we were going to do that day... we were going to get Puck.

By the time of the end of our third run, we were exhausted, covered in that water, hot (waders are dark green and are like seven saunas going to work on your legs - you actually wanted to be in that muck to cool them down) and were considering calling it a day. We were totally beat.

But what started happening, is that random people would start come up to us and plead for us to rescue their pets. How can you say no to that? By this time, one of the things we had learned is how to read a house for survivability. One story equals death. Raised one stories, a chance. Not much of one, but it was possible. As it turned out, we only rescued animals that either had a second story or the owners had left the attics open. I apologize if this is disheartening to some, but it's the way things are. We have a lot of loss down here.

Sometimes, even after being explained this, people would still plead and we would end up taking some of them out, even when we already knew what the answer was going to be.

A great exception to that was this one family - I don't even know their names - but the parents had stayed and were rescued themselves on Tuesday after Katrina, and were forced to leave behind their Boxer and a cat. We took the daughter with us... dogs are a serious issue. You can control cats somewhat... but dogs guard.

We motored up to their house and the daughter started calling the dogs name and low and behold he stuck his head out an open window. Almost all the pets we got, were incredibly malnourished and on the verge of total dehydration - they had mucus coming out of their noses, a sure sign. Bailey was like this. Mike and I helped the girl up through the second story window as he didn't want to have anything to do with either of us climbing up. This smallish girl took the cage that we handed to her, got the dog in, and then lifted it up to the windowsill for the two of us to grab hold of. Remember, a standing and shifting 75 lbs dog that your're holding in a large cage over your head while you're standing in a non-secured, drifting boat is not an easy task. But we got him down and the cat.

While returning, a Coast Guard boat hailed us over - this cheered us up, we thought Pet Rescue might have a chance to tow the Coastie's in or something. But no, they had spotted a cat in a window. This cat was outside the window in between burglar bars and the screen, two inches from the water, and desparately holding onto the screen with all four paws. How many days had she been like that?

We had to hammer our way through the burglar bars to make a space - infinately freaking out the cat, but we were able to grab her with no injuries. Pretty amazing all around. We called her the spare since she wasn't on our lists.

Back at our HQ at the launch, the area was crawling with 82nd Airborne, LAPD Cops, paramedics from Chicago, Doctors from Minnesota, Cajuns wearing white shrimp boots and talking French, reporters, SWAT... everyone you can imagaine.

We literally would have these 82nd Airborne guys and Search & Rescue guys coming over to us thanking US. These guys told us over and over again that it was killing them to see and hear these stranded pets, but being unable to do anything about it. They were saving humans. They told us they'd drive by and throw MRE's to dogs and cats. These guys were coming up to us and asking "Are you sure that cat over there has water?" It was incredible.

Later we made another pug run. We motored over the interstate, down side roads, alleys trying everything to find a route past the railroad tracks. (We later learned from some rescuers that there is no route.) Eventually, we ended back over at the trestle on Canal Blvd. Mike and I walked back up to the top and started hiking around looking for some way to get the four blocks to that damn dog. We eventually spied another boat bobbing around on the correct side and went and checked it out. I walked on a bit more and turned around and asked Mike if he was interested in a canoe. He said, "Yeah, that'd be great." Not realizing that there were two canoes I had spied pulled up on the trestle around a bend. So yet again,for now two days in a row, I went canoeing in my city.

When we got there, we actually paddled straight into the house, and since I had the waders on, I went upstairs searching. Remember that this dog had been there for about ten days... but Puck was there. Not well, totally dehydrated and wheezing, but there. She stumbled a little ways over to me and then collapsed onto her back in complete submission. I seriously almost broke down. But we got her out and that little dog drank almost a liter of water back at the launch, and then started walking around with a leash - messing with the still freaked out cats.

From 8:00am to 6:15pm we rescued a total of 9 cats, 3 dogs, and a rabbit.

Unfortunately, a lot of times these pets hide, and they do this in a house that we've never, of course, been in and you simply after your best efforts can't find them. So, we leave them food and water and hope for the best.

Also, unfortunately, we'll never be able to get to all of them.

But the real victories are when you cage up those cats or dogs and then watch Kelsey call the owners. She stands there telling these displaced New Orleanians, who are all over the country, that their pets are alive. They start balling crying. Kelsey starts crying. Amazing.

A few observations...

• Like I said earlier, the water is going down a little bit faster than anyone could have hoped, but this causes new problems. It's going to become much more treacherous on boats. Within a few days time the only vehicles going in are going to be big military trucks. We have only a small window to work this pet problem.

• Although many homes are trashed and I'm not an engineer, I think we may be able to salvage some of these houses.

• I worry that all the pictures in Tony Angelo's bar are lost.

• We thought we actually saw a line of crab traps set up on Fleur de Lis... We know those crabbers set up lines in the area where we start sailboat races on the lake purposefully, but come on guys.

• Drago's has set up a food tent and has been feeding relief workers... somewhere.

And yes, I stepped on a nail in that water which went straight through the wader and into my foot. I have to get a tetanus shot and because of this and the cat bites, I have to get a prescription for antibiotics filled... now that's going to be an adventure unto itself tomorrow.

Rest assured though, the faxes are rolling in, and our group will be out there tomorrow - reinforced by some animal radicals from California that showed up this afternoon with their own boat.

That's Mike and Kelsey below. Cheers.















If you'd care to make a donation to the Iberia Humane Society - They'd surely appreciate it to help cover some of their expenses.

We will no longer be taking family members out on the rescues with us - It's to dangerous... unless you want to volunteer, and you have a boat.

69 Comments:

Blogger always... said...

I just want to let you know that you are a hero. And even I, all the way over here in Washington State, can see that and am touched by what you are doing. For all of those that are unable to say it...Thank you.

11:56 PM, September 10, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Troy,

Thanks for takin' care of Gods other children.

Sport, Punkin, Crybaby and Lassie.

1:07 AM, September 11, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Excellent work. Sleep well and good luck tomorrow.

2:11 AM, September 11, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU. I'd say it a million times if I could. I've been monitoring pet rescue efforts on other websites and of course efforts are focused on rescue, not posting updates! Lots of reports this early am (9/11) that shoot to kill orders have been given for soldiers to kill the remaining dogs. More reports of police officials & soldiers denying rescuers access. THANK YOU for doing your very best! Hundreds of us have been calling the La Gov's office to urge her to allocate MORE resources to pet rescuers! SO THANK YOU for your efforts, take care of yourself, and don't give up! XOXOXO Deb in Portland, Oregon

2:15 AM, September 11, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bless you, for all you're doing. Reading this has helped to mend my breaking heart a bit. Please don't give up.

2:43 AM, September 11, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bless you all. I wish I could be there to help. If only my health would allow it. Instead, I'll just have to lend my financial support and keep up the prayers for everyone's safety and many more rescues. Thank you for everything you've done and for continuing to tell us about it.

3:52 AM, September 11, 2005  
Anonymous susanne said...

I am a 58-yr-old teacher living in Dallas. Grew up in River Ridge (Diane Ave., Hazel Park El, Kenner Jr.Hi, Riverdale High School, UNO 1969). You were my only early contact in the area and can't thank you enough. Wondering if Mandina's Restaurant made it. Or any of the Bud's Broilers? My heart hurts for N.O and 'burbs. My white Persian can only hope she has a friend like you!! Hugs. Be well.

4:45 AM, September 11, 2005  
Anonymous Patty said...

Thank you all so much for what you are doing!

5:13 AM, September 11, 2005  
Anonymous Merry said...

Thank you Kelsey,Mike and the rest for rescuing Voodoo on Saturday, remember to call me when you get to los angeles. You have my phone number. Merry Axelrod

8:34 AM, September 11, 2005  
Anonymous ashley cunningham said...

i am the daughter who went with these guys to save my dog, the boxer and my cat. i just want to say that ya'll are godsends! really, i am in total amazement at these two, civilians who just want to help and who are going through so much trouble to help. i can't begin to thank you guys enough! bailey and emma are doing great and so am i! thank you a million times, from the very bottom of my heart!

9:06 AM, September 11, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

God bless you for looking out for God's creatures. What you are doing continues to amaze me, thank you!

9:15 AM, September 11, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, and THANK YOU!!! Bless you all and NEVER, NEVER, NEVER GIVE UP HOPE!!

10:15 AM, September 11, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I''m in Ashville Nc and want to help. I have a canoe but I've been told if I dont have all my shots I should not go anywere near the water. HOW CAN I HELP?
pac@blazemail.com

10:41 AM, September 11, 2005  
Blogger CathiefromCanada said...

Wow, great work. I am so happy that Voodoo and the others are now safe. And I am glad you are leaving food and water for the ones who won't come with you -- once the water is down, maybe they will be OK on their own until their people return.
Important to keep track of which houses you have left food in, because this may turn out to be a long term (two or three month) effort whereby you will have to visit these homes every week or two to check on these animals again and again.

10:51 AM, September 11, 2005  
Blogger nixie said...

Thank you from all of us at the nola.com Pt rescue forum. We are from all over the world, emailing and calling politicians, media, anyone who can make a decision to direct government resources to pet rescue. Lots of runaround and soft media coverage, but no real outrage or action.

This was the most detailed, honest, and revealing information abou tthe situation ANYONE, including the pet rescue organization sites, has provided. If only those military guys were allowed to help, this might not be happening. It's totally gratuitous suffering, just another layer of tragic, preventable loss for hurricane victims.

Thank you. And so glad people pitch in. Wish I could be there. Thousands of us across the country and world do too.

10:54 AM, September 11, 2005  
Anonymous Doris Waddell said...

Thank God for people like you. You and your group are in every sense of the word heroes. I know it's impossible to save all, which is so heartbreaking, but at least a few can be saved because of people like you.

Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

11:14 AM, September 11, 2005  
Blogger KittyCatCorral said...

You're accumulating lots of good karma. Thanks so much for doing this and for sharing your stories, from someone stuck in Canada not able to do much except throw money your way and write letters to editors. We're all with you in spirit every splash of the way.

11:16 AM, September 11, 2005  
Anonymous TP Dawg said...

Thank you for your courage and big hearts

11:16 AM, September 11, 2005  
Anonymous Soozan said...

I thought I was tapped out/maxed out with donations to the pet rescue orgs this week, but your post made me run for my worn out credit card and help out Iberia. Bravo to you guys!

11:17 AM, September 11, 2005  
Anonymous AngelsWings15 said...

THANK YOU!

You truly are our heros and angels!!!

God Bless You All

11:22 AM, September 11, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bless your heart ! Wish I could be there to help. Others have said all that words can convey. You are all in my prayers. Thank You !
Carolyn
Melbourne Beach, FL
Carolyn79709@yahoo.com

11:26 AM, September 11, 2005  
Anonymous Nicole N said...

Yet again, I feel the need to say thank you. You have gone above and beyond time and time again. When this is over, it will be a lesson for the future, for future disasters and alesson in the spirit and the courage and everyday hero's to be found on every corner.So often governments get it wrong or can not get out of their own way to make a real difference and it comes down to people, people that dig down deep and find it within themselves to make a difference. While many pets, horses, and livestock have perished needless in the aftermath, it is through the selflessness and courage of people like you that at least some will come out of this alive. Thank you

11:42 AM, September 11, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are doing a great job !! I love your blog !

A reader from Paris.

11:44 AM, September 11, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your account has given me a better feel for what it is like to be there than anything I have read to date. Thank you not only for your rescue work, but for the extra effort it takes after an exhausting day to put your experiences into words.

12:08 PM, September 11, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What amazing stories and amazing people! You are truly making all of us who can't be there in person feel hope when all we felt for days was complete hopelesness.
Thank you from all the pets and pet owners around the globe. You are true heros...

12:11 PM, September 11, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's already been said, but I gotta say it again:
THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU

12:17 PM, September 11, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

what a wonderful story amidst so
much destruction and devastation.

you all are 'angels on earth'..

words alone can not even begin to
express the immense thanks to all
of you for putting yourselves in
harm's way to help the poor, unforgotten victims of this nightmare.

Virginia, USA

12:23 PM, September 11, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You guys are true heros. Thank you so much for what you are doing. Please keep up the excellent work. Don't be frustrated that you cannot save every animal. You are doing the right thing and you have already made a huge difference for the victims of our goverment.

THANK YOU !!!!

12:27 PM, September 11, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good news! Help is on the way from Canada. There are vets, technicians and tons of supplies heading down this week to help the animals. They will also be doing up a website to help unite families with their lost pets. Just thought I'd let you know. Thanks for such a good job, keep up the good work. From a Canadian animal lover :)

12:30 PM, September 11, 2005  
Blogger Incredulous said...

What an eye-opener to what it is really like in there. You have aptly described the real situation and if anyone if hestitating to give to the relief organizations that are helping, they should read your blog. You have given a face to all those guys in there that are in need of rescue.

12:37 PM, September 11, 2005  
Blogger Kelly said...

Thank you for your help! If you need transporting or fostering in TX I am available. I will make the 7 hour trip. kellymann@grandecom.net We are thankful for people like you and we honored to help you in anyway!

12:40 PM, September 11, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a great story! Thanks for all you have done for the furry animals!

I know you said that you cannot take anyone out into the area with you, but I am convinced that six of my cats (one was rescued the other day) have to be in the area still. They were in the attic. There's a hole in the roof through which I was rescued from 811 Filmore Avenue in Lakeview on Tuesday morning. Is there any way you can help me get in? Or help me get to my attic? Email me at heidicat@bellsouth.net if you can help or have an idea about what I can do. Time is running out.

12:43 PM, September 11, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

your great. i argue with people who tell me pets are not as imporatnt. i say to them areyou not human. what kind of monster would say that. all pets need to have i.d tag,s. it would be much better to aid in a reunion. i would have never have left them behind.

1:02 PM, September 11, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you so much, I can't express how it makes me feel to see
people going into these conditions to save these suffering
animals. Your blog is an eye opener and I've passed it on to several
friends. Keep safe and thank you again from someone who
appreciates all you are doing. God Bless

1:25 PM, September 11, 2005  
Anonymous erica said...

THANK YOU for rescuing the animals. You are doing a good thing. BUT PLEASE TAKE CARE OF YOURSELVES TOO (CUTS, WOUNDS, DIRTY WATER).

If a cat doesn't want to be resued, maybe you shouldn't bother catching it. Also, I heard that other places like Mississippi need help with the animals.

1:37 PM, September 11, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

THANK YOU so much for what you're doing. Your account of what took place yesterday was one of the most uplifting stories I've read in the past 2 weeks. I cried the whole way through. If people (pet rescuers, vets, vet technicians, etc) want to help, who should they contact? Or should they just show up somewhere? Is there a central loacation where volunteers can find information on how to help and find out what shots they need and what they should bring with them?

Again, THANK YOU for all you're doing. An amazing story.

1:38 PM, September 11, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You guys ROCK! I've been so depressed about all the animals left behind. I certainly understand why some people won't leave because they don't want to leave their pets behind...

You are heroes!!!!

1:43 PM, September 11, 2005  
Anonymous Carol Mahler said...

May God seriously bless you all who are there for the pets! You
all really are heroes...all of us
who have pets and love pets are
so thankful for people such as
yourself....you give us hope.
Many hugs and good wishes from
Carol & her pack of 3 in Ocala, FL.
(Pookie, Wilby & Fluffy Lee)
Keep up the good work!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Prayers will be going up for you.
Stay safe!

2:05 PM, September 11, 2005  
Anonymous merry said...

Im writing going to write to the newspapers about how wonderful you are-I think so will alot of these people who read about you and those of us who have been touched by your kindness. Perhaps your group will get a bunch of donations! You guys certainly deserve that and more

2:18 PM, September 11, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bless you all for the work you are doing to save these pets...I was lucky to get out in time with my four dogs...I don't know what I would have done if I had lost them too.

2:38 PM, September 11, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

May you be blessed for your efforts! Anyone that is out there helping the MOST helpless victims of this disaster I consider a true hero. Thanks for giving me hope!

2:44 PM, September 11, 2005  
Blogger Nancy said...

GOD BLESS YOU ALL!! I am so grateful to all who have rescued the innocent little creatures. Thank you, I wish I could be there to help, I am in Massachusetts, I will help in other ways..... donations!
You all are True hero's to save the animals who are so frighten and can not help themselves. May St Francis guide you!

3:35 PM, September 11, 2005  
Blogger susan said...

Just after the evacuation from Tulane University, I saw a plea from a student from Brazil who had been evacuated from the school and couldn't go to her apartment in New Orleans to get her gray poodle, Oliver who was "her best friend in the world". She was evacuated to California and was pleaing to anyone to go rescue her dog.

Does anyone know anything about Oliver? I have been worrying about him for over a week and haven't heard anything more.

4:20 PM, September 11, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was linked here I just wanted to say thank you.

Hugs kpf@paradise.net.nz

4:40 PM, September 11, 2005  
Anonymous jailnurse93 said...

Thank you for treasuring each and every living being that you have come in contact with. You have made a huge, huge impact on humanity--not only directly in those that you have saved, but in sharing your expierience with others.

5:15 PM, September 11, 2005  
Anonymous mcarp said...

Thank you.

5:45 PM, September 11, 2005  
Blogger Deanna said...

Thank you for doing this. You are truly beautiful people.

Deanna
Washington State

9:03 PM, September 11, 2005  
Blogger dawnofsierra said...

God bless you! You are angels sent from Heaven! Thank you for all you're doing for these precious babies!

Sierra, Serenity, and Stephanie

9:31 PM, September 11, 2005  
Blogger Dixie said...

YOU GUYS ARE AMAZING!!!! Thank you so much. I'm in Torono, Canada and my heart is absolutely breaking for all the pets. IF I was closer I would definately join you in your search and rescue. Thank you for the updates as well. God Bless you.

Carla and Dixie (my dog)
Toronto, ON
Canada

10:47 PM, September 11, 2005  
Blogger Eric said...

Thank you for blogging this, and for the pics. I've shared it with my readers.

3:27 AM, September 12, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is sad realising that many pets will be lost and have suffered before they die.
But the fact that you are rescuing those you are is just wonderful.
I am in Australia and I have Airedale's I can totally understand the heartbreak leaving behind pets would cause their owners.
You are doing a great job, bless you

Puline

4:55 AM, September 12, 2005  
Anonymous wlfary said...

God bless you,I'm a Boxer mom....of course I'm at work and everyone is wondering why I'm sitting at my computer crying. It hurts that I cannot get there and help you guys.

6:27 AM, September 12, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for all your hard work. You are all doing a wonderful job... it can't be said enough. I only wish i could be there helping. I've offered my services to several groups as i have experience recsuing feral cats, but have not received any responses, except one to foster and i will do that. Let us know how willing volunteers can help. You obviously need more manpower! Great job though, and good luck!!!

6:43 AM, September 12, 2005  
Blogger Jackie R. said...

THANK YOU - YOU ARE AWESOME!!! WILL BE PRAYING FOR YOU - FOR STRENGTH, ENERGY, HELP TO FIND THE ANIMALS, PEOPLE TO HELP, SUPPLIES, DONATIONS...Thank you so much!

6:52 AM, September 12, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As Mahatma Gandhi said, "The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated." You are making our nation better. It will be a light at the end of a very dark tunnel when some of the lucky Katrina survivors can be reunited with their pets. Thank you, thank you, thank you for your effort.

1:30 PM, September 12, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My husband and I are leaving from WI to LA this Friday after work. We are hoping to hook up with a rescue group. We could bring a boat or our utility trailer. Could you use our help and if so how do we find you when we get down there?

jrutter

3:46 PM, September 12, 2005  
Anonymous Chantal, Québec said...

Thanks all of you with your big heart. Since the day Katrina strike, I was worried for those innocent pets who can't help themselves. I've 5 pets and can't imagine somethings like that happen to them. I'm in quebec, but if I was near it's the first thing I will have done, it's to go there to help them.
Thanks a lot again !
Chantal

10:06 PM, September 12, 2005  
Anonymous Rheann said...

from the bottom of my heart, thank you so very much for reaching out and helping the animals. You are my heroes! The impact of Katrina is just devistating. I have been so heart sick over this. I have two cats, five Axolotls and two Geckos. To loose any of them, I can't stand to think about it. It is people like you that make me rememeber to have faith and to not give up. The animals are greatful too! It is so heart sickening to think that the animals parished in the one story houses, but a great deal of the animals have been saved, even if they cannot all be saved. You are doing a great work, you are doing something that cannot be forgotten. You are in my constant thoughts and prayers. Bless you that you will always have strength of heart and mind, and bless the hearts of the little animals that survived that they will find their owners or loving homes.
Sincerely yours,
Rheann K. from Sacramento

my cats Nu Nu and Foober
My Axolotls, Grimace Gargamel, Titus, Mr. Nibbles, Bort, and Little Boots.
My Geckos, Cookie and Lullabelle.

4:44 AM, September 13, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are all amazing !!!
Thank you !!
I am in NY at work crying now !!
You will all be blessed many
times over for saving these lives.
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you !!

2:15 PM, September 13, 2005  
Blogger Barbra, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada said...

You are doing the greatest job. My only wish is that is never happens again,where pets are left behind

Hugs, Kisses & Prayers for you
Barbra & Rob
Archie, Heidi, Phoebe & Kyle
We saved these 4 little ones too

5:56 PM, September 13, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You guys are angels.

From the Scotland, UK I thank you from the bottom of my heart for helping these poor defenceless animals.

4:34 PM, September 14, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

From a lifelong pug lover: Thank you for helping Puck and the others animals in need. You are certainly their guardian angels. Bless you!

11:56 PM, September 14, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Keep up the great work (and don't forget to get that tetanus shot!)!!
If I had lived down there I probably would have been one of those "hold outs" who wouldn't leave unless my animals could go.....Deb in WI where we fortunately don't have hurricanes, only tornados.....

1:17 AM, September 15, 2005  
Anonymous pugmom540 said...

Gawd bless u all i am sobbing now reading your stories... i have 5 pugs...4 r rescues...mother nature sucks!!!these innocent puppies dont deserve not being allowed to not be allowed in hurricane shelters!laws have to change!!

2:30 AM, September 15, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

THANK YOU seems like such a feeble thing to say...but my heart warms at the knowledge that there are good folks like you working at helping the animals !! I too can not envision leaving mine for *any* reason
susan ( mom to 3 pugs & 3 kits)

10:11 AM, September 15, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you from Seattle, WA. I admire your strength and courage. Keep up the good work.

1:20 PM, September 15, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think what you and your friends are doing is so special...it speaks volumns about the kind of people you are..

To risk your own well being to rescue animals that have no way to save themselves...I read your blog and just cry...

I am so glad that some pets have been rescued and cry for the ones that haven't...but you tried...the owners of those pets will love you forever...great job guys...

I just want to give you all a hug for the great work you have done/are doing....

Casey

8:43 AM, September 16, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WOW! Bless you and all who are doing what they can to rescue these poor animals. As a pug lover, the story of Puck moved me to tears. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!

Beth
Miami, Florida

8:59 PM, September 16, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm in Chicago and an animal lover and one of my 1st thoughts when seeing the devastation in New Orleans and other areas where the hurricane struck was about all of the pets that would be left behind and my heart just broke. Thank you so much for doing all you can for those pets who couldn't go with their owners. Your description of the rescues of course brought me to tears--both happy ones for those you were able to save and sad ones for those who won't make it. But anyway, I just wanted to say thank you very very much for being wonderfully kind people who consider animals just as important as people.

4:14 PM, September 23, 2005  

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