Friday, September 16, 2005
Animal rescue contributions swell Katrina fundraiser
The Hurricane Animal Relief table sat next to the Hurricane Katrina contribution table at the Cajun Feast last week and provided an unexpected addition of $475 to the overall Carlisle Katrina relief effort. A regular ark of animals was impacted by the storm: a bulletin from the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine says the pets cared for at their facility include 600 dogs, over 400 cats and "assorted pigs, rabbits, guinea pigs, ferrets, hamsters, gerbils, mice and birds." Joan Parker, who saw an animal relief collection can at her vet's office on Friday morning, decided to see what she could do at the Katrina relief effort that night. As a result of contributions, she was able to send a check for $225 to the Louisiana Veterinary Medical Association (LVMA) in Baton Rouge and another for $250 to the ASPCA Disaster Relief Fund in New York on Saturday morning.
Scott Giacoppo, spokesman for MSPCA at Angell Memorial Hospital, says there is a national effort for animal rescue and cites Massachusetts as one of the few places that will allow evacuees to bring their pets. The preference of most professionals working with animals made homeless by Katrina is to care for them locally when there is room, and it is the general rule that animals not be adopted out of state. LVMA has been successful in reuniting many pets with their owners, but asks for funds and professional veterinary technician volunteers to help them with the task or rescuing and caring for the animals.
Persons who wish to make contributions for animal relief can do so at: LVMA Katrina Fund, 8550 United Plaza Blvd. N., Suite 1001, Baton Rouge, LA 70809; ASPCA Disaster Relief Fund, 424 East 92nd Street, New York, NY 10128, (Mark memo line "For Katrina Fund); or Angell Memorial, 350 South Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02130, (Mark memo line "For Katrina Fund").
A visit to mspca.org will provide up-to-date information on the current animal relief effort.
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