Kinship Circle: [GULF COAST] Still Healing, One Animal At A Time

April 13th, 2008 2:31 pm by Kelly Garbato

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Subject: [GULF COAST] Still Healing, One Animal At A Time

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GULF COAST
4/12/08: Still Healing…One Animal At A Time

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

IN APRIL GULF COAST NEWSLETTER:

1. Chance For Justice In St. Bernard Shootings?
2. Can YOU Find Forever Homes For Kitties Of Lakeview, New Orleans?
3. Louisiana Shelter Needs Help From Anywhere!
4. Maddie’s Fund Effort For Southeast Louisiana
5. Highlights & Updates
6. NOLA’s Forgotten: A Miracle Named Sabrina
7. Join Us In NOLA For Katrina Animal Memorial 2008
8. Noah’s Wish & EARS Disaster Response Training

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1. Chance For Justice In St. Bernard Shootings?

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ALERT FROM / REPLY TO:
Jeff Dorson, Humane Society of Louisiana, stopcruelty11 [at] gmail.com

MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
NATIONAL REFERENDUM INVOLVING LOUISIANA ATTORNEY GENERAL
CALLS NEEDED FROM APRIL 21 TO APRIL 25, 2008

BACKGROUND:

Louisiana’s newly elected Attorney General James Caldwell recently dismissed aggravated animal cruelty charges against St. Bernard Sheriff’s Dept. officers, Sergeant Clifford “Chip” Englande and Deputy Mike Minton. In the shocking video recorded by award-winning Dallas Morning News photojournalist David Leeson, Minton was taped allegedly shooting animals in St. Bernard Parish streets…and confessing in a later interview. The images created a public outcry, and a grand jury convened by the office of former Attorney General Charles Foti handed down an indictment against the officers.

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STILLS FROM DAVID LEESON VIDEO OF ST. BERNARD PARISH STREET SHOOTINGS

SECOND CHANCE FOR JUSTICE FOR GUNNED DOWN DOGS?

Humane Society of Louisiana reps have been in communication with former and current prosecuting attorneys who believe the evidence is strong enough to bring the matter to trial. We need local and nationwide animal defenders to participate in a “National Referendum” on the issue.

TAKE ACTION:

CALL: 225-326-6000 — Louisiana Attorney General’s office — during the week of April 21 – 25 and ask others to do the same.

Tell Mr. Caldwell’s office you are participating in the National Referendum on the St. Bernard pet shooting case and that you strongly oppose the decision to drop felony animal cruelty charges against Minton and Englande.

At the conclusion of the Referendum, Humane Society of Louisiana reps will deliver a wreath in remembrance of animals killed to Attorney General Caldwell’s office and urge his office to bring the case to trial.

ADD YOUR NAME TO SYMPATHY CARD ON BEHALF OF SBP ANIMALS:

For a modest donation, your name can be included in a sympathy card for St. Bernard animals that will accompany the wreath. Please send donations to: Humane Society of Louisiana, P.O. Box 740321, New Orleans, LA 70174

Or donate on our PayPay account, http://www.Humanela.org

ADDITIONAL FOOTAGE / SAMPLE LETTERS – ST. BERNARD PARISH SHOOTINGS:

FOOTAGE: http://youtube.com/watch?v=KtU2AFCbJlY

Web Letter To: U.S. District Court – Eastern Division of Louisiana:
http://www.pasadosafehaven.org/KATRINA/DOGSHOOTING/LetterForm.htm

Sample-Letter Alert: Demand Justice In St. Bernard Parish Shootings:
http://www.kinshipcircle.org/letter_library/letter_new.asp?LetterID=1715&seriesfirst=true

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2. Forever Homes For Kitties Of Lakeview?

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ALERT FROM / REPLY TO:
Jeanette Althans, JAlthans [at] chnola.org

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SUGAR – URGENT, FOSTER LEAVING THE COUNTRY:

Sugar is a pretty 8-9 month old calico. Sugar’s foster family leaves the country at the end of April, so Sugar needs of a forever home rather quickly. Sugar is a very calm and clean cat, who talks in her little squeaky voice. She loves to play with balls. At night she snuggles in bed — she rolls and stretches and purrs. Sugar’s foster mom says “she is a very low maintenance cat.” Sugar is looking for a forever home.

CONTACT — Jeanette Althans: JAlthans [at] chnola.org, 504-430-6477
Chamain: Chamain [at] aol.com, adoptfromarno [at] yahoo.com, 504-733-9853

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TWINKIE – KATRINA SURVIVOR:

Twinkie, a Katrina survivor, somehow outlived floods and street life in Lakeview for over two years! Life on the streets took its toll on Twinkie, so she went to ARNO in December 2007. She’s lived in a cage (and gained weight) waiting for her forever home. Twinkie is a medium hair black cat who craves attention and loves to be groomed…and eat! Twinkie’s former owner is unable to take Twinkie into her new home. Twinkie needs a forever home.

CONTACT — Jeanette Althans: JAlthans [at] chnola.org, 504-430-6477
Chamain: Chamain [at] aol.com, adoptfromarno [at] yahoo.com, 504-733-9853

Both kitties are spayed, and up to date on vaccines. Please forward to any friends, family and neighbors who may be interested.

LAKEVIEW (NEW ORLEANS) STILL LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS:

Kathy Sweeney and Jeanette Althans need volunteers to help TRAP, FOSTER and ADOPT Lakeview’s left-behind and their offspring. Volunteer feeders are welcome too. PLEASE SEE: http://www.lakeviewcats.org

FOSTER OR ADOPT A LAKEVIEW KITTY:

CONTACT Jeanette Althans, jalthans [at] cox.net * http://www.lakeviewcats.org

Kitten litters need to be taken off the streets, along with unaltered adults who need TNR. We desperately need fosters and kitten adopters. Also, there are several friendly “Katrina” cats left in Lakeview who deserve forever homes. They’ve been on the street for 2+ years and crave human attention.

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3. Louisiana Shelter Needs Help From Anywhere!

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ALERT FROM / REPLY TO:
Charlotte Bass, President & CEO / ARNO, table25 [at] bellsouth.net
http://www.animalrescueneworleans.org

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We’re just a few of the adoptable animals at St. John Baptist Parish Shelter…but our time here is very limited. Please rescue us!
CONTACT SHELTER DIRECTLY: 985-651-7387; email: lfasm [at] rtconline.com

LAPLACE, LOUISIANA – ST. JOHN BAPTIST PARISH ANIMAL SHELTER:

LOCATION: Laplace, Louisiana, between Baton Rouge and New Orleans off Interstate 10 on the River Road. This is right outside New Orleans — an area inundated with people who evacuated or moved permanently to St. John Parish after Katrina. There is definitely a housing shortage for people who have pets. Plus, FEMA trailers are being picked up due to formaldehyde poisoning and FEMA does NOT supply temporary housing for pets.

Both situations have resulted in an inordinate amount of surrenders…70% more than pre-Katrina numbers. Before Katrina this shelter had a 4% euthanasia rate for four years running. Tomorrow 30 perfectly adoptable pets must be euthanized. Unfortunately this will continue until groups or humane societies step in and help…

CAN’T SAVE THEM ALL, BUT… HOW YOU CAN HELP:

You. Your rescue group. Your humane society or shelter… Please consider one or two dogs or cats from this shelter. Many Louisiana groups already help, but have been unable to make a dent in the overabundance of pets at this Katrina-affected shelter.

VIEW ST. JOHN BAPTIST PARISH SHELTER ANIMALS: http://www.petfinder.com/shelters/LA82.html

CONTACT SHELTER DIRECTLY:
Linda Allen, Shelter Director or Jerry, Animal Control Officer
985-651-7387; email: lfasm [at] rtconline.com
New Orleans independent rescue groups can help with transport…

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4. Maddie’s Fund Effort For Southeast Louisiana

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ALERT FROM / REPLY TO:
Katrina Lifeline Programs, katrinalifelineprograms [at] companionanimalnetworktv.org

SOUTHEAST LOUISIANA’S CHANCE FOR MULTI-MILLION $ MADDIE’S FUND GRANT:

We’re excited to announce southeast Louisiana’s chance to qualify for a multi-million dollar Maddie’s Fund grant. Maddie’s would provide a “standard” adoption subsidy — $100-$300 per dog or cat pulled from any of 14 parish animal control agencies and adopted out once you pass the number of adoptions you did in your “base year:” Terrebonne, St. John The Baptist, St. Charles, St. Bernard, Plaquemines, Lafourche, Jefferson, Washington, Tangipahoa, St. Tammany, St. Helena, Ascension, Assumption, St. James. For animals taken from people and the streets and adopted out, you’d receive 1/5 of the standard subsidy. At the end of 7 years the grant funding ends, however our long term business plan for the region then goes into effect. The Maddie’s Fund program includes a spay/neuter component drafted in conjunction with the veterinary community…

WHAT WE NEED FROM YOU NOW, TO QUALIFY FOR MADDIE’S FUND GRANT:

A) 2006, 2007, 2008 (so far) monthly intake and adoption reports, according to nomenclature of the Asilomar Accords,
http://www.asilomaraccords.org
REQUEST COMMUNITY SHELTER DATA APPLICATION: KatrinaLifelinePrograms [at] CompanionAnimalNetworkTV.org

B) Your Community Shelter Data application (above) will be submitted to Maddie’s. If approved, we’ll distribute checks to groups based upon 2007 statistics. Initial money is NOT the main Maddie’s grant, but rather, seed money Humane Society of Louisiana (as “lead” organization) will use to underwrite some expenses involved in drafting our Adoption Subsidy Community Collaborative and Spay Neuter Grant proposal to Maddie’s Fund.

C) Drafting this proposal requires meetings, travel, statistics, projections, reports… Seed money must be designated to organizational expenses in order to draft this multi-million dollar, 7-10 year plan.

CONTACT INFORMATION & PARTING NOTES:

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL: 718-544-PETS

Those located outside Louisiana who wish to help transition Louisiana to low-kill — and learn how to initiate a Maddie’s effort in your region — may receive adoption subsidies by collaborating with a direct receiving organization within one of the SE Louisiana parishes listed above.

Only federally tax-exempt organizations inside the 14 SE Louisiana parishes qualify for Maddie’s adoption subsidies. Non tax-exempt organizations, veterinarians, individuals, and those outside the 14 parishes may also receive subsidies — but not directly from Maddie’s Fund. They must collaborate with one of the local direct receiving organizations.

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5. Highlights & Updates

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RE: NOLA – Join Us 4/12 TO PLAN TNR IN NOLA – La Madeleine’s Café, 10am

REPLY TO: Southern Animal Foundation (SAF)
animallover [at] southernanimalfoundation.org

Anne Bell, Director, SAF, writes: I won’t be able to attend as we have clinic hours at this time but I just want to make sure you all tell everyone attending that we are doing the special [at SAF] on Monday and Friday by appointment only. Spay/neuter is $31.50 barring complications. This includes all shots (FVRCP and Rabies). Thank you

FATE OF THE PIEDMONT (MISSOURI) FLOOD KITTIES:

REPLY TO: Nancy Lupia, felinesforever [at] hotmail.com

4/8/08: Felines Forever wound up with 13 feline survivors from a shelter in the Piedmont, MO floods… I’ve adopted out two adults. There are five young ones, now spay/neutered, with Felines Forever to be adopted. They were going to be put down that week after the flood, so the flood actually saved their lives! Three adults are going to All Paws & the other two are going to Phelps County Animal Welfare League (PCAWL)… This Thursday it will have been three weeks since they came in and it has been so much fun watching their true personalities emerge! They are all so sweet and adoptable!

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TO ADOPT: CALL NANCY LUPIA, FELINES FOREVER, 314-707-0795
MORE INFO ABOUT KITTIES: felinesforever [at] hotmail.com
http://www.felinesforever.petfinder.com/

SOME SUNSHINE FOR ANIMALS AT ST. BERNARD PARISH SHELTER:\

REPLY TO: Susan Bongiorno, bongiornosusan [at] aol.com

Transport & Out of State Adoption Coordinator, St. Bernard Parish Shelter
Finally some sunshine for the animals at St. Bernard Parish Animal Shelter…
HERE COMES THE SUN / VIDEO: http://youtube.com/watch?v=hDeBKJdlzLs

SHIH TZU ABANDONED IN 9TH WARD FINDS NEW HOME:

REPLY TO: NOLA Cats, nolacats [at] gmail.com

FROM KINSHIP CIRCLE: I’m amazed by how many still jump into cars or somehow arrange to help animals in Katrina-affected Gulf Coast areas. If you’ve rescued an animal featured in a Kinship Circle newsletter, please send us an UPDATE and PHOTO of your lucky companion. THANK YOU all for still caring…

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This cutie, found wandering New Orleans streets, tested positive for heartworm…but that didn’t stop Candace Poe from driving 8-9 hours from Missouri to give him a forever home. Despite a flat tire along the way, and full-day wait for the dog to recover from neuter surgery, Candace departed her 9th Ward Shih Tzu…

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6. NOLA’s Forgotten: A Miracle Named Sabrina

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ALERT FROM / REPLY TO:

NOLA Cats, nolacats [at] gmail.com

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Recent Sabrina photographs: here

Some of Sabrina’s original rescue photographs (courtesy Sara Hopkins): here

SABRINA’S ORDEAL & RECOVERY:

Sabrina had diesel fuel poured on her in an attempt to cure her of the mange. Unfortunately, diesel is toxic. Initial Diagnoses: Demodex mange; covered in fleas; mild heartworm positive; malnourished; bloody, scabby, scaly, inflamed skin; missing approx. 70% of her hair; tapeworms…

TODAY, Sabrina is doing VERY well! Her weekly mange shots are finished. A few scars remain where she scratched and bled. In those patches, hair is thin or absent, so time will tell if they fully recover. Her tape worms and ear mites have cleared up. She underwent two courses of antibiotics during mange treatment to assist with skin infections caused by rejecting the dead mites. She’s vaccinated, spayed and microchipped…

As for her temperament — this little 30-pound girl SPROINGS up as high as my cheek when I get home from work. She is fun, active, athletic, and loves my older dog dearly (it’s mutual). Sabrina and my younger dog have their Moments, but we’re working it out. Sabrina’s house-training is close, but not quite there. She’s very happy to have a soft bed, a roof, food in her belly and fresh water to drink. She loves to de-stuff all stuffed animals.

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HELP MORE FORGOTTEN ANIMALS OF NEW ORLEANS:

Each animal we heal is living proof of our vital support network.

Because of generous donors, Sabrina’s $1300+ medical expenses are covered! But our rescue work continues, specifically: Trapping a dog with an embedded collar seen running NOLA streets with blood on her chest. Another wandering dog seems to have an older broken leg… Both need medical care, once trapped. Moreover, we’re deep into kitten season, with over 50% of female cats spayed at SAF found pregnant and 30 of 32 females at ARK pregnant… 100+ kittens in foster await adoption… Please support any NOLA rescue groups. For suggestions about where/how to help, email: nolacats [at] gmail.com

Kim Johnson, an original-ARNO coordinator, now rescues animals in New Orleans full time. To contribute to the fund for Kim’s NOLA rescues — DONATE BY CHECK TO: Feral Cat Consortium (a 501c3 accepting payment for Kim Johnson’s veterinary expenses)
ATN: Wendy Guidry; 4 Summer Haven Court; Madisonville, LA 70447
MEMO: For the care of: NOLA rescues under Kim Johnson

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7. Join Us In NOLA For Katrina Animal Memorial 2008

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ALERT FROM / REPLY TO:
Jeff Dorson, Humane Society of Louisiana, stopcruelty11 [at] gmail.com

THANK YOU!

During the 2005 storm season, tens of thousands of people helped our city in its darkest hour — when failed levees and floods stranded thousands of residents and over 50,000 companion animals. The loss of human and animal life was incalculable…but we are forever indebted to small and large humane organizations, caring individuals, first responders, municipal animal control agencies, and foundations that came to our aid.

COME COMMEMORATE THE 3RD ANNIVERSARY OF HURRICANE KATRINA:

To show our gratitude, I hope you’ll accept my personal invitation to return to the City of New Orleans to commemorate the third anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. We’ve planned a day-long memorial service…

FRIDAY, AUGUST 29, 2008 — 10:00 A.M.

Join us to unveil the nation’s first memorial statue honoring animals lost during Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. In the chambers of the New Orleans City Council, Councilwoman Stacy Head will accept the statue on behalf of the city. We’ve commissioned a respected artist, Mr. Richard Chashoudian… At the ceremony, an invocation will be read along with a special reading by Ed Kostro, poet and author. Authors Allen and Linda Anderson will read from their award-winning book, Rescued: Saving Animals From Disaster. Honorary awards will go to Garo Alexanian and Amanda and Marty St. John of MuttShack for their work during the 2005 storm season and beyond.

ATTEND LUNCHEON AT ASTOR CROWNE PLAZA HOTEL:

After this historic event, the audience is invited to attend a special vegetarian luncheon at the Astor Crowne Plaza hotel:
– 739 Canal Street, near the French Quarter.
– $25 per person, including tax and gratuity
– Order prepaid luncheon tickets by emailing: info [at] humanela.org
Provide: name, address, phone, email, credit card number, expiration date, and number of tickets you are purchasing.

LUNCHTIME SPEAKERS: Wendy Diamond, editor/founder of Animal Fair Magazine; Frances Hayward, Founder of Amigo Foundation; and Debrah Schnackenberg, Director of Animal Services for American Humane Association, and chair of NARSC group (National Animal Rescue and Sheltering Coalition)…and more! At conclusion of luncheon, we’ll form a caravan and tour the city.

LODGING: Discount rate for out-of-town guests at Astor Crowne Plaza $89, for singles or doubles
– Ask for Humane Society of Louisiana special price to qualify for discount.
– To reserve room, call: call 1-866-750-4202 before July 29, 2008.

SPONSOR THE KATRINA PET MEMORIAL STATUE:

Names of donors that give over a certain level will be engraved on a plaque alongside the statue, on permanent display. To inquire about the levels of sponsorship, contact: Jeff Dorson, stopcruelty11 [at] gmail.com

DONATE TO ONGOING CARE OF ANIMALS HOMELESS BY KATRINA:

HSL still cares for more than 100 animals made homeless by Hurricane Katrina. To help these wonderful animals, please send donations to:
Humane Society of Louisiana, P.O. Box 740321, New Orleans, LA 70174
Or donate via our PayPal account at: http://wwwHumanela.org

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8. Noah’s Wish & EARS Disaster Response Training

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ALERT FROM / REPLY TO:
Sandy Eaves, ceaves1 [at] agtelco.com
Amy Maher, Roger Smith – Coordinators, Noah’s Wish Region 3

NOAH’S WISH MAY 30-31 & JUNE 1 TRAINING:

WHERE: Highland, Illinois
WHAT: Animal Disaster Response Training open to general public 18 years or older. Requires pre-enrollment.
REGISTRATION: http://www.noahswish.info/
COST: $200 (C.E.R.T./ S.A.R.T. members, or those employed by local animal shelters, receive a $35 discount).
SCHOLARSHIPS: Noah’s Wish will offer two scholarships at each training in 2008 — one for an animal control officer and one for an animal shelter worker. For information on how to apply, contact Donna Ganguet: 916-939-9474

The three day training provides a unique opportunity for individuals within your community to learn skills needed in disaster response and animal handling. Participants will receive practical information on personal disaster planning, assisting local organizations, and responding with a nationally recognized disaster response organization.

LOCATIONS/DATES FOR ALL 2008 NOAH’S WISH IN-FIELD TRAINING:
http://www.noahswish.info/VolunteerTraining/LocationsDates.html

ALERT FROM / REPLY TO:
United Animal Nations, info [at] uan.org

EMERGENCY ANIMAL RESCUE SERVICE (EARS) TRAINING:

WHAT: Volunteers are the backbone of our efforts to provide lifesaving care and sheltering for animal victims of natural and human-caused disasters…
COST: $60 registration fee includes: EARS volunteer handbook, EARS t-shirt for volunteering, lunch (vegetarian), photo ID badge, certificate of completion

This seven-hour workshop is designed to be an introduction to emergency animal sheltering and EARS. Participants will be considered trained EARS volunteers. Please be aware that the workshop DOES NOT include animal handling or rescue training. Opportunities for ongoing training will be discussed. Participants must be age 18 or older.

LOCATIONS/DATES FOR ALL 2008 EARS TRAINING WORKSHOPS:
DATES/LOCATIONS: http://www.uan.org/index.cfm?navid=35

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