My daughter just called to let me know that the General who is now in charge of the rescue efforts in NO just announced that they have completed the rescue of all (human) inhabitants. He is now sendng his troops out, armed with crates to begin rescuing the animals left behind!
Well, I'm sure that along with the loss of human life, we wil find there has been a heavy toll of pets and livestock. At least they are going to save those they can now and for that, I am eternally grateful.
well i for one am soooo glad to see that the animals are finally getting help. they have showed pics of them tied to porches and stuck on roofs. even one chained to an overpass. i have been so worried about all of them. as so many others are. i hope that many of them will be reunited with their owners. and the ones who have lost their owners find new loving homes. it has been a devastating experience for them as well as the people.
It is great news! I have been swamped the past two days with emails from rescue contacts needing fosters. I am going to be fostering two APBT from spindletop...They are swamped with dogs and are in great need of fosters. Since this tragedy I have never felt so greatful for all that I have. This morning when I told my husband I was taking in two more dogs I expected him to be frustrated and angry because our house is so crowded right now with my family and their pets but instead he was brought to tears and just said I wish we could do more.
lpn~ Here's a short version of the email I recieved from Spindletop...They are a Pit Bull rescue primarily but they take other breeds to. You can contact them and they will be able to assist you further.
With all that said for now. Folks are afraid to turn their pit bulls into these temporary shelters for fear of never getting their dogs back due to BSL, etc. They are living in their cars IF they have one with their dogs. I wish I had more room or more land to safely accommodate these folks, it is really sad. If they had 5 Beagles there wouldn't be a problem, but as we all know, we have pit bulls and are a little more apprehensive to turn our dogs over to folks that don't understand the plight of our breed way prior to Katrina. I feel for them.
As of right now, I have taken in temporary shelter, no fee, because they have no money, 35 dogs, all pit bulls. Most are from 1-3 dog families. One dog with a litter of 3 and another on the way with a litter of 6. These other shelters need help in the worst way, space in the worst way........Texas is almost full of animals....... Make note, these dogs are ALL going back to their owners.
These pit bull folks need help in the WORST way. They literally have no where to go until their dogs are safe. They WON'T go. I don't know what to tell them....your family comes first. They are crying because they don't want to give up their dogs. I swear, if you hear on the news that I have set up a "camp" here at the refuge with these folks in tents with their dogs.....well, you know I have completely lost it. : )
We need foster homes, RESPONSIBLE foster homes (including airfare) to house these dogs, these are nice looking dogs, some well bred dogs (not that it matters and I have also been contacting breeders), very well taken care of dogs, family members, they need help. I am overwhelmed as I am the only contact for the breeds down here.
All for now, going to sleep and heading out to another hotel that is stocked full of dogs crated in the parking lot tomorrow, and I am sure, there will be more pit bulls as LA is chock full, almost as much as TX with the breed.
Spindletop APBT/AST Refuge, Inc. Houston, TX
Protecting the Breeds since 1985
***Edited By: GinaH on 9/10/2005 9:34:26 PM*** Reason: **
I think it was the Coast Guard... in a boat… 3 men... searching a Church ( St. Rose) under water... for Human survivors... None found ....(passed or living) ... and a black dog walking back and forth on a floating piece of wood....
I think it was a Pit/ Mass Mix.... they DID rescue the dog!!
yeah! It took a bit of coaching to get the dog over to
them... but he/she came with head lowered and tail wagging! ( made me cry!!!)
Trust the Coast Guard to get things right! This man (the general in charge) sounds perfect for the job. I just wish that he had been responsible for the whole effort from the beginning.
We are a nation that cares about animals, but people do come first.
I wish I could foster now, but I have had an entire family living with me for almost a year and I am just worn out. The couple, man and woman, had a terrible time with this horrid economy and were about to lose their housing just as the husband was able to get a job.
Long story short, I took in both of the human people and three cat people to go along with them. For eleven months I've had five cats, two dogs and three people living in my little two-bedroom house.
People and animals from Katrina are going to need help for a long time to come and I comfort myself by reminding myself that I can't help anyone if I am too tired to stand up. I've sent money and after I get some rest and repaint my house, I'll be raring to go again.
Hurrah for the Coast Guard!
Pit Bull Angel: just hang in there. We are all rooting for you, thank God for people like you.
***Edited By: CatDogMom on 9/11/2005 9:50:44 PM*** Reason: .
Yay! I'm so glad they're rescuing the animals, too. I know human life is important but how sad that they left those animals behind. :( I cant imagine how confused and scared Ace and Summer would be if I left them in the middle of something like that.