Monday, September 01, 2008

A Time for Charity and Compassion - And Animal Rescue Has Come a Long Way!

Sad Scene from Hurricane Katrina 2005 - God Bless the Animal Rescue Plans in Place in 2008!

We all know the horrifying stories: When Katrina hit in 2005, many people drowned because they refused to leave their beloved family pets behind, and when the waters rose, many of the people and the pets alike drowned. Some animals, perhaps like the dog above, were left behind, or escaped and were left to fend for themselves. Most were never reunited with their people.

The mass evacuation of almost two million people in the path of Hurricane Gustav was historic, calm, and for the first time ever, included pets. Pets were given collars with bar codes, loaded onto transport, and in most cases, were able to stay at special shelters with their owners. It was heartwarming and wonderful to see.

I donated today to Noah's Wish, and I encourage you to also donate - perhaps to the Humane Society, Noah's Wish, or some other pet rescue operation.


  1. I am so grateful too for the new procedures in place for animal protection. I couldn't even imagine having to make the choice to leave my pet behind or stay in danger. Great blog by the way!

  2. Hi DC

    Ironically, the Miami area and the Keys are under the threat of Hurricane Ike this weekend and they're evacuating people from the Keys today. Not ONE mention on the TV that any of the shelters accept pets!

    It seems we're way behind New Orleans on this very important issue.

  3. This is a beautiful post. Thanks for letting me know (us know) about the charities.


  4. Thanks for visiting, Annie. I just got word from the guy who is the techie for my class website. Wondered why I couldn't get in touch with him for several days. Turns out he's in a part of Illinois that got flooded by Ike, and he, the wife, kids and dogs had to evacuate.

  5. Just found out the webmaster for my class site (who lives in Illinois) had to evacuate because of Ike, taking his wife, kids and dogs to a safe place. That hurricane really disrupted the lives of a lot of people - and animals. Pray for them all. It's still horrific in Houston. No gas, little water or ice or food. They're suffering.


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