Kinship Circle: Katrina Survivor Rescued 2+ Years After Storm

March 2nd, 2008 8:47 am by Kelly Garbato

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Date: Sat, Mar 1, 2008 at 2:15 PM
Subject: Katrina Survivor Rescued 2+ Years After Storm

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3/1/08: Katrina Survivor: Rescued 2+ Years After Storm!

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ALERT FROM / REPLY TO:
Alissa Johnson, alissacjohnson [at] gmail.com
Pam Leavy, tundraleap [at] msn.com

ANOTHER HEROIC KATRINA TALE WITH A HAPPY ENDING!

Feb. 2008: Look at these photos and read the amazing rescue story below. Rescues of New Orleans animals are still happening, over 2 years after Katrina. With local shelters full, care for these animals will, many times, fall upon the rescuers themselves… Please help however possible, whether with supplies, money, adoption help, or simply encouragement and a “pat on the back” for giving life to a forgotten Katrina survivor.

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VIEW MORE PHOTOS OF MIRACLE MOM & HER PUPS!

THE AMAZING STORY…as told by rescuer Alissa Johnson:
REPLY TO: Alissa Johnson, alissacjohnson [at] gmail.com

I received an email (originally from Ruby) about a mother dog hanging around an abandoned grocery store (Com-Pak) in New Orleans East. I went to check on her immediately after work that day. She was just sitting in front of the store, obviously nursing. I couldn’t believe it. The grocery store is on Hayne. I brought her wet food everyday to gain her trust. On Wednesday I searched the outside of the building for the puppies, but I did not find them. Every time the mother would get scared she’d run across Hayne to cross the levee to reach Lake Pontchartrain.

Saturday morning when I went to feed her, the national guard was sitting in front of the building. I explained that I wanted to go inside looking for the puppies and rescue the mother. They said I had permission and would stay outside in case I needed assistance. On the side of the building I found a break in the outer wall, I’m sure it was used to loot the building after Katrina. I managed to squeeze between the studs in the wall to go inside. I was very amazed to find SEVEN puppies inside the building. The mother had them on insulation for warmth, so the puppies were completely covered in insulation. They were curled up next to a dead chicken. I assume the mother brought her puppies some food. YUCK! The grocery store had flooded during Katrina and it has also burnt at some point after Katrina. There was no roof in parts of the store. The building smelled moldy and burned. The shelves were empty where the store has been raided since being abandoned.

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I put the puppies in a large plastic dog kennel up against the dog trap in order to bait the mother into the dog trap. The mother barked at the dog kennel for an hour but would not go in. The national guard told me that when they first pulled up in the parking lot the mother was eating food out of a McDonald’s bag. I rushed to the McDonald’s. I put a chicken sandwich and double cheeseburger in the dog trap. I went back five minutes later to add the rest of my fries I didn’t eat and the mother was in the trap. She must have a thing for McDonald’s.

The mother and seven puppies are now safe in my house. They are so cute. There are five boys and two girls. The puppies are four-five weeks old. The mother is so gentle with her babies. She doesn’t budge when the puppies crawl all over her. If you look at the photos, you can see the mother’s ribs. She is nothing but bones. The mother is very skittish. She has obviously been very abused. She is slowly warming up to me.

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DONATE TO ASSURE THESE DOGS GET A GREAT LIFE!

1. DONATE DIRECTLY TO ALISSA’S VET:
Dr. Garcia at Bayou Animal Clinic in Slidell, 985-643-6300
The mother dog is listed under Suga Momma.

2. MAIL MONETARY DONATIONS TO:
Alissa Johnson, 4643 Good Drive, New Orleans, LA 70127

3. DONATE SUPPLIES FOR THE DOGS’ CARE:
Some supplies can be ordered from http://www.kvvet.com/ and shipped to Alissa Johnson. KV vet has no shipping costs. (SUPPLY NEEDS BELOW)

I greatly appreciate any and all donations, no matter how small. If anyone has any other dog food besides Pedigree, I can always use it. I give food donations to residents of New Orleans East who cannot afford dog food and I also feed strays and feral dog packs.

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INTERESTED ADOPTERS CONTACT:
Alissa Johnson, alissacjohnson [at] gmail.com

The puppies will be up for adoption at 8 weeks, if anyone is interested. This will be in roughly 3 weeks. It will be much longer for the mother to be rehabilitated, but she will be up for adoption also.

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SUPPLIES NEEDED:
– Paper towels, LOTS
– Fantastic cleaner (to clean crate)
– Puppy toys
– Metal bowls or buckets to attach to cage, momma dog has broken plastic ones off cage and I don’t want puppies swimming in bowls on the ground.
– Puppy replacement milk for momma
– Collars for 7 puppies
– Flea preventative for 7 puppies and mom (Frontline, Advantage, or Advantix) Bordetella & Lepto shots (I already have DHPP. Will need enough for 15 shots of each type) I order my shots from http://www.KVvetsupply.com. Someone can order shots, pay for them, and have them delivered to my house.
– Syringes (45)
– Old towels or sheets
– Pedigree puppy dry and can food
– Simple Solution Oxy Solution Pet Stain & Odor Destroyer (put in washer to get puppy smell and poo out of towels)
– Small space heater (I’m having to bathe puppies and momma dog. I don’t want the puppies catching a cold.)
– Disposable pet bath wipes (I’m having to sponge bath momma dog daily since everything makes her sick. She’s not used to dog food and is not used to going outside yet.)

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