Kinship Circle: Scared And Lonely – Katrina’s Lingering Impact

December 26th, 2007 11:56 am by Kelly Garbato

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Date: Dec 22, 2007 10:30 PM
Subject: Scared And Lonely: Katrina’s Lingering Impact

KINSHIP CIRCLE ANIMAL DISASTER RELIEF – PERMISSION TO CROSS-POST

GULF COAST
12/22/07: Scared And Lonely: Katrina’s Lingering Impact

http://www.kinshipcircle.org/disasters/

IN DECEMBER GULF COAST NEWSLETTER:

1. Give What You Can For NOLA Animals Fending For Themselves
2. Looking For Love In Lakeview: Fosters/Adopters Needed
3. 2007 Numbers, From Animal Rescue New Orleans
4. Spot And The Shot Heard Round The World (Or At Least By ARNO)
5. Dogs Still Searching For Their People…
6. Cats Still Hoping For Their Lost Families…
7. Keeping Miracles Alive – Network For Katrina/Rita Animals
8. An American Opera
9. Terri Crisp’s New Group, Since Leaving Noah’s Wish

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Katrina’s Impact In The Faces Of Scared, Lonely Animals

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For inspiration as to why we STILL “call all angels” for Katrina’s lost and un-reunited, visit: http://youtube.com/user/MissBoomer
CLICK ON: Katrina – Camp Lucky Tribute
OR GO TO: http://youtube.com/watch?v=dWB2XfjePfc

Katrina’s effects, more than two years later, are still seen in the faces of scared, lonely strays or surrenders who populate overcrowded shelters. Adoptions are few and far between…while surrenders increase because people don’t have the means to care for their own animals.

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1. Give What You Can For NOLA Animals Fending For Themselves

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA
INDEPENDENT FOOD/WATER VOLUNTEERS

Maria Alvarez, Stewardship For Strays, tipster [at] bellsouth.net – Katrina’s left-behind, and their 4th and 5th generation offspring, still wander under-populated parts of New Orleans. Volunteer feeder Maria Alvarez cares for many animals at her home, out-of-pocket. Adoptions are infrequent…

“The best way anyone can help us is to send PetSmart or Wal-Mart gift cards. Shipment of food is also welcomed, but I have limited space. There hasn’t been food at ARNO for the street animals for months. Every single bag of food is purchased with our own money.

MONETARY DONATIONS:
Send check made out to Support Alliance For Stray Animals, a registered nonprofit in Louisiana, to:
Support Alliance For Stray Animals
4033 Arizona Ave. * Kenner, LA 70065
MEMO: food/water, Maria Alvarez

MAIL PETSMART OR WALMART GIFT CARDS TO:
Stewardship For Strays * 2905 Taft Park * Metairie, LA 70002

CAT/DOG FOOD DONATIONS:
Contact Maria Alvarez to find out WHERE food is needed: tipster [at] bellsouth.net

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!
To help distribute food/water * To help with TNR * CONTACT RUBY: 504-256-0055

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2. Looking For Love In Lakeview: Fosters/Adopters Needed

LAKEVIEW (NEW ORLEANS), LOUISIANA
LAKEVIEW CATS ROAMING
CONTACT: Kathy Sweeney, kathybsweeney [at] yahoo.com
Jeanette Althans, jalthans [at] cox.net

FOSTER & FOREVER HOMES DESPERATELY NEEDED!
Many adult cats have been forgotten and still live on the streets of Lakeview since Hurricane Katrina. Additionally, very young kittens live in devastated areas of Lakeview. Our urgent need at this time: Locate homes or fosters for friendly cats/kittens on Lakeview’s streets AND find people to socialize not so friendly cats/kittens.

MEET SOME OF LAKEVIEW’S KITTIES LOOKING FOR LOVE…

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Recently two friendly adult cats are finally safe after taken off the streets in Lakeview. Twinkie had an abscess on her head and went to ARNO for vetting and treatment. Healed, she waits at ARNO for a forever home…

Old Red’s owner was located but she couldn’t bring him into her current living situation. Just this week, Old Red was taken off the street and adopted by a former Lakeview resident that now lives outside of Baton Rouge.

Three adorable juvenile kittens were trapped under the slab of a house on Bellaire and taken to ARNO. They have been socialized and are now in a foster home waiting for their forever home.

FOSTER OR ADOPT A LAKEVIEW KITTY:
CONTACT: Kathy Sweeney, kathybsweeney [at] yahoo.com
Jeanette Althans, jalthans [at] cox.net
http://www.lakeviewcats.org
http://www.lakeviewcats.org/fosteradopt.html

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3. 2007 Numbers, From Animal Rescue New Orleans

ANIMAL RESCUE NEW ORLEANS (ARNO)
http://www.animalrescueneworleans.org
Lise McComiskey, lmccomiskey [at] shergarner.com

During the year of 2006, ARNO took in 2,292 animals saved nearly 2,292 animals (euthanizing less than 5 animals for severe illness/disease/trauma). ARNO’s expenses for the year of 2007 came to a total of $224,517.72.

ARNO received $175,354.58 in donations and income and HSUS paid $65,020.00 to veterinarians on ARNO’s behalf during the year of 2006.

LOUISIANA SPCA

LA/SPCA took in 4,008 animals in the year 2006 and saved 1,884 animals (euthanizing 2,124 animals).

LA/SPCA completed its $8 million dollar phase one shelter. Additionally, LA/SPCA will build phases two and three of their new facility, a veterinary clinic to be included, with all but $1.9 million of the additional $9.9 million in donations and funding they have received. Finally, LA/SPCA is the sole agency contracted by the City of New Orleans, at nearly $2 million annually, charged with the responsibility of animal control.

JEFFERSON PARISH SHELTER AUTHORITY

The Eastbank and Westbank shelters took in nearly 14,000 animals in the year of 2006 and while 4,340 animals were saved, nearly 9,660 animals were euthanized during that one year.

Although operating expenses and funding/donations are not known, the JPSA was given $1 million dollars to upgrade the shelters, both of which badly needed the improvements.

DONATE TO ARNO:
1. ONLINE: http://www.animalrescueneworleans.org/donate.html
2. MAIL: Animal Rescue New Orleans, 1219 Coliseum Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
3. PETSMART GIFT CARDS: http://www.petsmart.com
4. PETCO GIFT CARDS: http://www.petco.com/Shop/Product.aspx?R=462&sku=948675&Nav=14
5. SUPPLIES: Ship/Drop Off – ARNO Warehouse, 271 Plauche St., New Orleans, LA 70123

VOLUNTEER FOR ARNO:
http://www.animalrescueneworleans.org/volunteer.html
504-571-1900, ar-no [at] cox.net

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4. Spot And The Shot Heard Round The World (Or At Least By ARNO)

SOURCE: Charlotte Bass, table25 [at] bellsouth.net

One can only imagine what Spot, a rambunctious 11-month puppy, suffered after he was shot near midnight on Dec. 7, 2007 in New Orleans East, an area still devastated more than two years after Katrina. Why did the security guard who shot him (due to an admitted fear of dogs) leave Spot to slowly die? We may not have answers, but we do have Spot — the newest resident at Animal Rescue New Orleans’ no-kill shelter in Harahan, Louisiana.

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Spot lay bleeding for at least 8 hours before found and rushed to a veterinary clinic where he was stabilized with fluids and pain meds. Spot faced costly surgery to amputate his right front leg. The other option was euthanasia. A kind clinic employee stepped in to adopt Spot, once his former caretakers determined they didn’t want the burden of bills or a three-legged dog. Spot’s new caretaker searched for anyone willing to help Spot.

Many closed doors later, Spot’s guardian angel wound up on ARNO’s front step. ARNO had no funds or space, but wanted to give Spot a second chance at life. Spot’s Fund was created through the collaborative efforts of one caring person and ARNO. As Spot’s story circulated, donations poured into Spot’s Fund. It seems a gunned-down dog left to die opened many hearts…

Spot’s home at ARNO is filled with love and attentive care as he adjusts to life on three legs. ARNO will ensure Spot’s adoption into a loving forever home…and with your help, ARNO will help the next Spot who comes along! Learn about ARNO’s life-saving work: http://www.animalrescueneworleans.org

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5. Dogs Still Searching For Their People…

IF YOU THINK WE MIGHT BE ABLE TO HELP, CONTACT KART:
Katrina Animal Reunion Team (KART), http://www.findkpets.org
P.O. Box 1156 * Mandeville LA 70470-1156
ph: 985-893-6456 * FindKPets [at] yahoo.com

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BEAUMONT – ARF
Male * Rotti /Australian Shepherd Mix * About 5, At Rescue Time
Black/brown with black body, brown on chest and bottom half of legs. Brown spots above eyes. Docked tail. Beaumont (shelter name) gets along with other dogs but was very skinny when rescued and both ears were bitten up. He was found in September, 2005 around Lourdes St, New Orleans 70129 (New Orleans East – Village D’Est). CONTACT: findkpets [at] yahoo.com

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LITTLE & WEE – GEORGIA
LITTLE: Female * Grey/White Toy Poodle * Approx. 5-6
WEE: Female * All White Terrier/Lhasa Apso Mix * Approx. 4-5
Little and Wee were rescued in the first week of September, 2005. The shelter was told they were rescued together in Chalmette, LA (St. Bernard Parish) but that is not certain. They have however become a bonded pair. Little was covered with some sort of toxic muck when rescued and has gone blind from the damage it did to her eyes. She has a cataract in one of her eyes but this did not cause her blindness. CONTACT: findkpets [at] yahoo.com

MORE DOGS LOOKING FOR THEIR PEOPLE
http://home.mindspring.com/~tisme/id1.html

PEOPLE [STILL] LOOKING FOR LOST KATRINA PETS
http://home.mindspring.com/~tisme/id3.html

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6. Cats Still Hoping For Their Lost Families…

IF YOU THINK WE MIGHT BE ABLE TO HELP, CONTACT KART:
Katrina Animal Reunion Team (KART), http://www.findkpets.org
P.O. Box 1156 * Mandeville LA 70470-1156
ph: 985-893-6456 * FindKPets [at] yahoo.com

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CHUBBA – Boston (SBP751)
Female * Domestic Medium Hair * Young
I was rescued 10/19/05 from Plantation Village, St. Bernard, LA 70085 (possible streets: Bobolink, Kingbird, Flamingo, Starling, Bayou, Green). I was taken to Rebel Field on Palmisano, Chalmette and went to live with someone in Boston. But now, I can’t stay there and I sure would like to go home! CONTACT: findkpets [at] yahoo.com or 985-893-6456

MORE CATS LOOKING FOR THEIR PEOPLE
http://home.mindspring.com/~tisme/id7.html

PEOPLE [STILL] LOOKING FOR LOST KATRINA PETS
http://home.mindspring.com/~tisme/id3.html

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7. Keeping Miracles Alive – Network For Katrina/Rita Animals

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Gulf Coast families and their animals were reunited throughout 2007.
Tigger and Taylor – Together Again: http://youtube.com/watch?v=mPiQlQgHKLY

MISSING/FOUND ANIMAL REPORTS, RESCUE & REUNION, RESOURCES

* Animal Sightings — Missing, Found: http://www.communitywalk.com/map/12088
* Camp Lucky Photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/yepitsme770/sets/72057594131487111/
* CommunityWalk Maps: Cats/Dogs Sighted in NOLA: http://www.zzcat.com/katrina/ARNO_maps/roaming_pets.htm
* CraigsList: http://neworleans.craigslist.org/pet/
* FOUND Katrina/Rita Animals, Still Missing Their People: http://tinyurl.com/ht9c2
* Help to Locate Your Lost Pet / St. Bernard Parish Shelter: http://www.sbpanimal.homestead.com/katrina.html
* Katrina Animal Reunion Team (KART): http://www.findkpets.org
* Lakeview Missing Pets: http://www.flickr.com/photos/yepitsme770/sets/72157594145119153/
* Leann’s Flickr Photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/yepitsme770/sets/
* Lost and Found.com: http://www.pets.lostandfound.com/
* Lost And Found Pet Search: http://lostandfoundpetsearch.com/
* LOST KATRINA PETS: http://www.lostkatrinapets.com/
* Lost Pets Reported by Residents of New Orleans’ Ninth Ward: http://www.angelfire.com/planet/petrecover/
* Lost St. Bernard Pets (Cats): http://sbpcats.atlantapets.org/
* Lost St. Bernard Pets (Dogs): http://sbpdogs.atlantapets.org/
* Miss Boomer’s Lost Katrina Pats (VIDEO): http://youtube.com/watch?v=QZGYG8zaw6g
* No Animal Left Behind: http://noanimalleftbehind.blogspot.com/
* Nola.com: http://www.nola.com/forums/animals/
* Pasadena Humane Society Ruffugees: http://www.phsspca.org/about/hurricane/katrina-pets.htm
* Petfinder’s Animal Emergency Response Network: http://disaster.petfinder.com/emergency/
* Pet Harbor: http://www.petharbor.com/
* Pets Missing From St. Bernard Parish in New Orleans: http://loststbernardpets.org/
* Pomeranians Lost/Found in Aftermath of Katrina: http://katrinapoms.4t.com
* Remote Reunion Campaign: http://www.arches.uga.edu/~rrhudy/bfrr/
* Roaming Cats Being Fed / Remote Feeder Cam: http://www.flickr.com/photos/36983621 [at] N00/sets/72057594127563539/
* Stealth Volunteers: http://www.illyria.com/shelter/foundpetlist.htm
* Susan’s (SpiritMom) Flickr Photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/spiritsmom/sets/
* The Lost Cats Of Katrina: http://lostcatsofkatrina.info/all.php
* The Lost Dogs Of Katrina: http://lostdogsofkatrina.info/all.php
* The Lost Pets Of Katrina: http://www.wroberts.org/PF/LOST/

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8. An American Opera

AWARD WINNING DOCUMENTARY
http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=78420075
http://www.anamericanopera.com/

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KINSHIP CIRCLE: I was honored to meet An American Opera director Tom McPhee, and participate on the discussion panel following the film’s screening at the 16th St. Louis International Film Festival. An American Opera has been awarded the Gold Camera Award at the 2007 U.S. International Film and Video Festival; the Gold Remi Award at the 2007 WorldFest Houston; and the Jury Award for Best Feature Documentary at the Sacramento Film & Music Festival 2007 as well as awards at Park City and ReelheART in Toronto.

WATCH AN AMERICAN OPERA TEASER & OTHER EXCERPTS:
http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=78420075

ABOUT THE FILM:

When EVERYONE believes they are doing RIGHT, how can so much go WRONG? In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, America suffered the worst domesticated animal crisis in its history. Tens of thousands of house pets were left to perish in neighborhoods all across the gulf….

Tom McPhee went to Gonzales, Louisiana not knowing how he’d help, just knowing he needed to help somehow. He volunteered at Lamar Dixon Expo Center and by chance found himself spending the next four days taking picture after picture of thousands of house pets rescued from flooded New Orleans. Over the next 18 months Tom would document this unparalleled historic event as it unfolded, trying to understand where it all went wrong. An American Opera is an unflinching, operatic vision of what happened to the people of New Orleans who were forced to evacuate without their beloved pets…

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9. Terri Crisp’s New Group, Since Leaving Noah’s Wish

ENCINO, CALIFORNIA
ANIMAL RESOURCES: Providing Disaster Management Solutions
P.O. Box 17191 * Encino, CA 91416
530-622-7015 * Info [at] AnimalResources.org
Report a Disaster: 530-391-6332 (for reporting active disasters only)

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Read about ANIMAL RESOURCES’ mission for helping animals during natural disasters and large scale human-caused emergencies:
http://www.animalresources.org/about.htm

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