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09/02/2005 01:54:54 PM · #1
Companion animals are family to many, and while those families need your help, so do the animals. If you are so inclined here are some options:

Noah's Wish (an animal welfare organization dedicated exclusively to rescuing following disasters).
//www.noahswish.org
or call 530-622-9313, or send a donation to Noah's Wish, P.O. Box 997, Placerville, CA 95667

American Kennel Club Canine Support and Relief Fund
//www.akc.org/news/hurricane_katrina.cfm
or mail a donation to AKC Companion Animal Recovery Canine Support and Relief Fund, c/o American Kennel Club, 5580 Centerview Drive Raleigh, North Carolina 27606. You may also call 800-252-7894.

American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (2005 Disaster Relief Fund)
//www.aspca.org/disaster
or call 212-876-7700, ext. 4516.

American Veterinary Medical Association Veterinary Medical Assistance Teams
//www.avmf.org
or call (847) 925-8070. AVMF supports state and Veterinary Medical Assistance Team (VMAT) training and equipment for deployment in times of disaster. Make donation to AVMF AVMA Medical Assistance Team, 1931 N. Meacham Rd., Suite 100, Schaumburg, IL 60173

Humane Society of the United States
//www.hsus.org
or call 800-HUMANE-1. Or send check to, HSUS Disaster Relief Fund, 2100 L Street, NW, Washington, DC 20037.

Louisiana Veterinary Medical Association
//www.lvma.org
or call 800- 524-2996. Make donations to the Dr. Walter J. Ernst Jr. Memorial Foundation, 8550 United Plaza Boulevard, Suite 1001, Baton Rouge, LA 70809, Make note on your check that the contribution is for "Hurricane Katrina Relief."

North Shore Animal League
//www.nsalamerica.org
or call 877-4SAVEPET.

Perhaps the organization most in need will be the Louisiana SPCA. It's likely their building has been destroyed - though this is unconfirmed. Their website has not been updated; their New Orleans address and phone no longer exist.

It's unclear how to help them today. But at some juncture, there will be directives available through their website:
//www.la-spca.org

Other affected city shelters will require help as well. A Mobile, AL shelter site is at //www.mobilespca.org

Also, the Houston SPCA has taken in all of the Louisiana SPCA's animals. They are in critical need of money and supplies.
//www.spcahouston.org/spcahouston/Default.asp

Message edited by author 2005-09-02 14:24:05.
09/02/2005 01:56:34 PM · #2
well done, eddy...thanks for sharing these links!

09/02/2005 01:56:41 PM · #3
I would urge people to donate dollars to humans before animals, but that's just my opinion. I'd love to have that opinion changed if someone can justify it to me.
09/02/2005 01:56:56 PM · #4
Thanks so much for sharing these.
09/02/2005 02:02:13 PM · #5
Originally posted by thatcloudthere:

I would urge people to donate dollars to humans before animals, but that's just my opinion. I'd love to have that opinion changed if someone can justify it to me.


Why not give to both? ALL life is certainly worth saving, how does that need justifying?

AND thanks you so much for these links EddyG!

09/02/2005 02:02:56 PM · #6
Originally posted by thatcloudthere:

I would urge people to donate dollars to humans before animals, but that's just my opinion. I'd love to have that opinion changed if someone can justify it to me.


i believe Eddy pointed out that fact at the beginning of his post.
09/02/2005 02:04:03 PM · #7
Thanks for sharing these! i honestly belive that funding these projects is very important, i know my 2 dogs are part of my famly!
09/02/2005 02:05:25 PM · #8
Originally posted by rktdesign:

Originally posted by thatcloudthere:

I would urge people to donate dollars to humans before animals, but that's just my opinion. I'd love to have that opinion changed if someone can justify it to me.


Why not give to both? ALL life is certainly worth saving, how does that need justifying?


Sure, you could give to both...but if you have $100 available to give I would rather see it feed two families instead of one family and their dog.

No big deal, just my opinion...

09/02/2005 02:05:50 PM · #9
Originally posted by thatcloudthere:

I would urge people to donate dollars to humans before animals, but that's just my opinion. I'd love to have that opinion changed if someone can justify it to me.


No justification needed....animals are a part of the family also. I very sad to see what is happening to both the human and animal population in New Orleans and Mississippi. I think Eddy was just giving another option to also giving to the Red Cross for the people not instead of. I wish I could go down and rescue them all, human and animal. If I lost my Jack (he's a black lab) I would be heart sick without him. No one wants to see the suffering that is happening there.

Eddy....thank you for posting those site. From one animal lover to another.

g

Message edited by author 2005-09-02 14:07:13.
09/02/2005 02:06:24 PM · #10
Eddy- would you kindly add a link for the Houston SPCA to your list. Houston's team has taken in all of the Louisiana SPCA's animals. They are in critical need of money and supplies.

Houston SPCA

I'm also donating all my print proceeds through September to the Houston SPCA. My prints.

Also check out my site. If you spot any prints you like- let me know and I'll add them to DPC Prints.

Clara
09/02/2005 02:07:56 PM · #11
Originally posted by thatcloudthere:

I would urge people to donate dollars to humans before animals, but that's just my opinion. I'd love to have that opinion changed if someone can justify it to me.


I wouldn't think it's an either-or option. I understand what you mean, but if you want justification of our responsibility to animals I can suggest Dominion by Matthew Scully.
09/02/2005 02:08:02 PM · #12
Originally posted by rktdesign:

Originally posted by thatcloudthere:

I would urge people to donate dollars to humans before animals, but that's just my opinion. I'd love to have that opinion changed if someone can justify it to me.


Why not give to both? ALL life is certainly worth saving, how does that need justifying?

AND thanks you so much for these links EddyG!


AMEN, SISTA (RKT)
09/02/2005 02:09:32 PM · #13
Originally posted by sibeling:

Originally posted by thatcloudthere:

I would urge people to donate dollars to humans before animals, but that's just my opinion. I'd love to have that opinion changed if someone can justify it to me.


I wouldn't think it's an either-or option. I understand what you mean, but if you want justification of our responsibility to animals I can suggest Dominion by Matthew Scully.


I would never say that we don't have a responsibility to animals...that's an awful thought, of course we do. I love animals but love people much more.
09/02/2005 02:25:04 PM · #14
Originally posted by blemt:

Eddy- would you kindly add a link for the Houston SPCA to your list.

You bet! Done!

And remember... many facilities sheltering people don't allow animals, quite literally forcing people to give up their animals. In fact, often times this is exactly why some people may not evacuate to a shelter in the first place -- they don't want to leave their animals.
09/02/2005 02:28:54 PM · #15
Originally posted by thatcloudthere:

I would never say that we don't have a responsibility to animals...that's an awful thought, of course we do. I love animals but love people much more.


I understand - I'm sorry, I didn't mean to accuse you of being a heartless brute! Watching news coverage last night made my wife & I realize how ill-prepared we are for any kind of disaster that could befall us. We now realize we would not be able to take our 2 dogs with us to a shelter - and leaving them behind would not be an option for us, if possible. And if we were forced to evacuate without them, it's comforting to know there are organizations that try to help stranded pets during such disasters, and like any charitable organizations, they need, well, charity.

So maybe think of it this way - by helping these organizations, you may be giving peace of mind to worried owners, so humans are being helped, indirectly.
09/02/2005 02:35:30 PM · #16

Thanks for posting such a great list of places to donate to. The Pug rescue that I co-chair along with the Mid-Michigan Pug Club has been discussing through email all day who we are sending funds to. I forwarded this list to our club president.

- Linda
09/02/2005 02:37:01 PM · #17
I just don't get it, putting resources towards animals that could be spents towards the relief of humans. FEMA is spending 1/2 billion dollars a day right now to save lives (human).

I would much rather see 1000 cats killed before a single tree detroyed to make room for a parking lot or urban spraw. Few get upset when forests are destroyed, but heaven forbid a furry animal gets in danger than everyone gos nuts.
09/02/2005 02:38:56 PM · #18
Thanks for posting those links, Eddy! When disasters like this happen, most people focus on human relief and a few focus on other types of relief, including animal, environmental, etc. All of them are doing good work that is badly needed, so I really appreciate your effort as well as everyone else's. Thank you!
09/02/2005 02:42:01 PM · #19
I can see both sides of this coin.

On the one hand, pets can be replaced. It really doesnt' make sense to take the money/effort away from human life to save a dog.

BUT

These people have lost everything. If we can save their pet, at least one tiny part of their life will still be intact.
09/02/2005 08:48:13 PM · #20
Originally posted by hyperfocal:

I just don't get it, putting resources towards animals that could be spents towards the relief of humans.


Everyone is entitled to an opinion.

Originally posted by hyperfocal:

I would much rather see 1000 cats killed before a single tree detroyed to make room for a parking lot or urban spraw.


No matter how far off topic.

09/02/2005 08:52:03 PM · #21
On CNN today, there was a man from one of the Mississippi towns PLEADING for someone to come pick up his 9 remaining American Miniature horses that survived the hurricane. Sadly, two did not make it. He was sobbing because he lacks the hay and water for the others to live much longer if they aren't rescued soon. It was a pretty heartwrenching story.
09/02/2005 08:55:57 PM · #22
Originally posted by hyperfocal:

I just don't get it, putting resources towards animals that could be spents towards the relief of humans. FEMA is spending 1/2 billion dollars a day right now to save lives (human).

I would much rather see 1000 cats killed before a single tree detroyed to make room for a parking lot or urban spraw. Few get upset when forests are destroyed, but heaven forbid a furry animal gets in danger than everyone gos nuts.


Really no time for this debate..... Save everyone and everything we can. The reality here is just far too tragic...
09/02/2005 10:00:56 PM · #23
Originally posted by EddyG:

Companion animals are family to many, and while those families need your help, so do the animals. If you are so inclined here are some options:

Noah's Wish (an animal welfare organization dedicated exclusively to rescuing following disasters).
//www.noahswish.org
or call 530-622-9313, or send a donation to Noah's Wish, P.O. Box 997, Placerville, CA 95667

American Kennel Club Canine Support and Relief Fund
//www.akc.org/news/hurricane_katrina.cfm
or mail a donation to AKC Companion Animal Recovery Canine Support and Relief Fund, c/o American Kennel Club, 5580 Centerview Drive Raleigh, North Carolina 27606. You may also call 800-252-7894.

American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (2005 Disaster Relief Fund)
//www.aspca.org/disaster
or call 212-876-7700, ext. 4516.

American Veterinary Medical Association Veterinary Medical Assistance Teams
//www.avmf.org
or call (847) 925-8070. AVMF supports state and Veterinary Medical Assistance Team (VMAT) training and equipment for deployment in times of disaster. Make donation to AVMF AVMA Medical Assistance Team, 1931 N. Meacham Rd., Suite 100, Schaumburg, IL 60173

Humane Society of the United States
//www.hsus.org
or call 800-HUMANE-1. Or send check to, HSUS Disaster Relief Fund, 2100 L Street, NW, Washington, DC 20037.

Louisiana Veterinary Medical Association
//www.lvma.org
or call 800- 524-2996. Make donations to the Dr. Walter J. Ernst Jr. Memorial Foundation, 8550 United Plaza Boulevard, Suite 1001, Baton Rouge, LA 70809, Make note on your check that the contribution is for "Hurricane Katrina Relief."

North Shore Animal League
//www.nsalamerica.org
or call 877-4SAVEPET.

Perhaps the organization most in need will be the Louisiana SPCA. It's likely their building has been destroyed - though this is unconfirmed. Their website has not been updated; their New Orleans address and phone no longer exist.

It's unclear how to help them today. But at some juncture, there will be directives available through their website:
//www.la-spca.org

Other affected city shelters will require help as well. A Mobile, AL shelter site is at //www.mobilespca.org

Also, the Houston SPCA has taken in all of the Louisiana SPCA's animals. They are in critical need of money and supplies.
//www.spcahouston.org/spcahouston/Default.asp


Great list Eddy! Thanks for sharing it! My local gallery is currently sponsoring an "Art for the Animals" show, where a portion of the proceeds go to the League for Animal Protection and the Horse Rehab Sanctuary.

[EDIT: I'm not trying by any means to say spend resources on saving an animal over a human, just that animals should be considered on an every day basis too.]

Message edited by author 2005-09-02 22:03:14.
09/02/2005 10:23:23 PM · #24
I wasnt going to reply to this thread as it seems off topic of the whole point, but I just cant help myself.

Part of the money donated for humans are going towards getting their lives back into some semblance of existence. If you went up to someone who had lost their home and their job and offered them money for either their pet or to help them build a new home I would say a lot of people would take it for their pet. You can rebuild a house, get a new job, and all that, but you cannot replace a human or an animal. To a lot of people pets are their family. People who do not have that bond with their pets or have any pets at all may not understand that but that doesnt mean it should be brushed aside as if it doesnt matter. There is an excellent series on the weather channel about what happens to animals after storms. It is not just pets but zoo animals and the like also. It is an eye-opening view into an often not seen world.

If people want to donate to humans then so be it, but there are some people who want to help out animals too. It's not wrong and I find it disheartening that some people would disagree with this thread and make an issue out of it.
09/02/2005 10:45:22 PM · #25
Originally posted by thatcloudthere:

I would urge people to donate dollars to humans before animals, but that's just my opinion. I'd love to have that opinion changed if someone can justify it to me.

You must be one lucky person if you don't have any handicapped family or friends who need canine companions to help with daily life. Canines who are loyal and loving to those they serve.

Furthermore, you would be quite lucky to not have any family or friends in such dire situations that their very survival depends on rescue dogs that go into dangerous areas to find people.

Sadly though, you might not be that lucky after all if you have never had the feeling of pure and absolute joy that pets give to their families as well as the ones that go into nursing homes and hospitals to cheer patients. So please give some thought to the "family members" who give unconditional love and deserve it back. Alot of us do and we hope you will join us.
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