Katrina + FEMA = Continued Disaster

This is a sad way to begin the week after a holiday weekend. It is truly tragic that the folks in Louisiana are still suffering so due to the after effects from Hurricane Katrina. With so much oversight needed, who knows how long it will take for injustices to be righted. The toxic trailers provided, which folks have been living in for going on 2 years, are causing children to become sick. Go watch this TV video clip that shows how they are being subjected to “prolonged exposure to fumes from the toxic chemical formaldehyde used in construction of thousands of FEMA travel trailers.”

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Now, I’ve learned that in Katrina’s wake, many owners are simply unable to care for their animals . . . so a homeless situation and crisis is again in place.

Hank, a strapping purebred golden retriever, is typical of the second wave of pet problems here in the 21 months since Hurricane Katrina hit.

The first crisis was those lost, abandoned or killed in the storm and its immediate aftermath. Now there are pets like Hank, who stayed with his New Orleans East owners for the first 10 months after Katrina, which submerged their home in 7 feet of water.

After moving several times and struggling to rebuild their lives, Hank’s owners realized they could no longer cope with owning a dog. So they surrendered Hank to Animal Rescue New Orleans, or ARNO, a grass-roots group that cares for animals that were left behind or separated from their owners.

The dog bounded with joy as ARNO shelter coordinator Robin Beaulieu entered his pen one recent afternoon. Hank flipped onto his back for a tummy rub. He loves to be petted and groomed,” Beaulieu said. The dog has lived at ARNO for the last eight months while he waits to find a new home.

Animal advocates say many pet owners living in trailers and tight on cash while they rebuild their flood-damaged homes opt to give up their animals because they don’t have space or can no longer afford to keep them. So many people out there need help with their pets,” said Charlotte Bass Lilly, ARNO’s executive director.

Beaulieu estimated that the number of families surrendering their pets to shelters had gone up between 45% and 60% since Katrina. ARNO was founded shortly after the storm.

Go read the entire LA Times article. It’s an eye-opener.

Hurricane Katrina Golden Retriever Finally Returned to Owner

Hurricane Katrina dog goes back to original owner
WJBC TV

A New Orleans woman has been reunited with her golden retriever that she lost in Hurricane Katrina, after a couple from Normal decided to give the dog back. The Humane Society of Central Illinois flew “Goldie” to Bloomington after the dog had been rescued.

A local family adopted the dog and the original owner, Deborah Marks, sued to get it back. Marks claimed she left her home during Katrina to get insulin for her aunt, but was not allowed back in New Orleans when she returned to get her dog.

The attorney for Marks, Dominic Salvati of Bloomington, says the suit was dismissed after the couple agreed to give the dog back to Marks. She drove from Louisiana to Normal to get Goldie.

Four-legged Survivor: Katrina Refugee now Living the Good Life

Four-legged Survivor: Katrina Refugee now Living the Good Life
By Scott Johnston, The Press-Tribune

Starving and scared, these four-legged refugees wandered hopelessly through the streets of post-Katrina ravaged New Orleans.It was a dance with death that many didn’t endure, but for thousands of others hope was just around the corner.

One of the lucky ones was a waterlogged golden retriever puppy who was named Woody by his rescuers (his name has since been changed to Crombie).

Three weeks after Katrina laid New Orleans to waste, Roseville resident John Mabry took a month-and-a-half leave of absence from his job as an account representative for PG&E, traveling to the soggy city with the animal rescue group Mutt Shack.

Read more……

Hurricane Katrina Anniversary

Now, look at this gal go lol.

‘Lexie’ a Labrador, golden retriever mix, helps with the digging at the ceremonial ground breaking for the new Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals facility in the Algiers area of New Orleans on Thursday, Aug. 31, 2006. Behind ‘Lexie’ are SPCA executive director Laura Maloney, Cleland Powell, Allen Eskew, Stephanie Prunty, and Paula Cannon. The SPCA’s facility was heavily damaged in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. ‘Lexie’ is available for adoption. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Dark Water Rising

Dark Water Rising: The Truth About Hurricane Katrina Animal Rescues As the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina approaches on August 29, questions that many ask are: “What really happened to the pets in New Orleans after Katrina?” “Will this happen again this hurricane season, or here in the event of an earthquake, volcanic eruption or tsunami?” Three-time Best Documentary award-winner and Portland filmmaker Mike Shiley (Inside Iraq: The Untold Stories) will share the truth behind the animal rescues of Hurricane Katrina and what we can do to avoid a repeat of forced separation of pets from their owners in the future.

Dark Water Rising is the smoking gun that will energize and activate the public to make sure that this horrific scenario is never repeated, in New Orleans, in Oregon, or any other community. It will be opening in August in Atlanta, Nashville, Washington DC, Salt Lake City, San Francisco and New Orleans.

Over 50,000 dogs and cats were left behind in New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The pets (mostly dogs) that survived the flood were locked in houses and chained to fences without food and water for up to six weeks.

A small group of brave rescuers from around the world risked their lives to sledgehammer down doors, brave toxic floodwaters and dodge corrupt cops in a race against time to rescue up to 10,000 trapped and starving animals. Some rescuers worked with the official rescue organization, the Humane Society of the United States, while others joined a more aggressive rescue outfit, code named Winn Dixie.

This film also tells uplifting stories of hope and survival as pets are reunited with their owners while other lucky pets find loving new homes. These hard earned lessons will help our nation understand the need for animal evacuation plans in natural disasters.