Kinship Circle: Louisiana Vet Marcy Miranov "Kills Without Cause"

Monday, September 7th, 2009

I’m a little late in forwarding this alert from Kinship Circle, and in the interim, there’s been a development in the case. Not surprisingly, it hasn’t resulted in justice for the animals killed by veterinarian Marcy Miranov (and Dr. John Edwards, as well).

Reports The Times-Picayune:

Raw emotions and poor record-keeping triggered whirling accusations of animal cruelty at Jefferson Parish’s animal shelters, according to the results of an independent study released today.

But no laws were broken when 51 cats and dogs were euthanized on Aug. 13 at the parish’s Elmwood facility, the Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals discovered. […]

“Our report is not a glowing report about what’s going on in interoperation,” said Ana Zorrilla, chief executive officer of the state SPCA. “We certainly hope that it’s well received and we certainly hope that the public reads parts and pieces of it, that it’s really seen as an opportunity to improve those operations, not just as criticism or critique of what’s been going on there.”

The SPCA’s representatives worked in an atmosphere already emotionally charged by the abrupt resignation of the shelters’ director, Lee Ann Matherne. She quit the day before the animals were put down.

The most glaring problem appeared to be shoddy record-keeping and lackluster policy management, Zorrilla said. The shelters have four different written policies governing euthanasia. Each one says a different set of people need to approve each procedure.

As far as the SPCA could tell, none of them were being followed. But since none were being implemented, no policies were broken, Zorrilla said.

The SPCA report, however, dispelled several rumors that arose from that incident. Dr. Marci Miranov, the parish’s senior veterinarian in Marrero, had clearance to work at the Elmwood shelter, Zorrilla said. Her colleague, Dr. John Edwards, did not stop her from euthanizing the animals on Aug. 13, as some animal activists suspected. Rather, he assisted her in her work.

The cats put down that day had been sedated, Zorrilla said, contrary to reports that Miranov was lethally injecting the animals without killing the pain first.

The report also found the number of animals put down that day were average. Euthanasia sessions don’t occur daily, which accounts for larger numbers when one is conducted, officials said.

Zorrilla did say that the SPCA found that some of the animals killed that day were adoptable.

“Some were sick, some were feral, but some were strictly space conditions,” she said.

Parish President Aaron Broussard said he would be asking the Parish Council to enact several ordinances Wednesday that would go a long way to cleaning up the poor conditions at the shelters. Broussard has asked that the parish hire the American SPCA to take over the shelters for 90 days, that his administration begin searching for an outside group that could permanently run the facilities and that he enter negotiations to transfer the Marrero shelter to a new site – a former West Jefferson Medical Center clinic near the Oakwood Mall.

(Background here.)

If you choose to act on this alert, please take the SPCA’s findings and recommendations into account. In addition to turning control of the parish shelters over to an outside organization, please urge Jefferson Parish to work in concert with local animal rescue organizations in order to make NOLA a no-kill city. By “no-kill,” I mean truly no-kill – this goes for “feral” and “less adoptable” cats and dogs, too. While shelters may not have the time or resources to rehab animals with medical or behavioral problems, some rescue groups do; some even specialize in these cases.

Whether any human law was violated or not, this slaughter needn’t have happened. Judging from ARNO’s comments, little-to-no effort was made to place these animals in rescue groups prior to killing them – and this is simply unacceptable.

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An American Opera Goes on an American Tour

Friday, September 4th, 2009

An American Opera (Poster)

This past weekend marked the 4th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Four years ago last Saturday, Katrina slammed into the Gulf Coast, causing untold property damage, environmental destruction and loss of life from Florida through Texas. At least 1,836 humans died, victims of nature, government ineptitude and indifference, and racism and classism. The number of nonhuman animal victims will never be known.

Though I didn’t observe the occasion here in writing, the anniversary didn’t pass me by unnoticed. The weekend’s birthday celebrations were bittersweet; while spoiling my dog-kids with homemade treats, I couldn’t help but be reminded of the many dogs who perished in the storm and its aftermath – some of them murdered in cold blood, by people who should have been their protectors.

A year after Katrina, I marked the day with a sort a photo retrospective, which I titled “The Greatness of a Nation,” after the much-loved Mahatma Gandhi quotation. Three years later, I don’t have much to add, so I invite you to go check it out if you haven’t already.
 


 
The past four years have seen a number of books and films made about Hurricane Katrina; see, for example, Douglas Brinkley’s The Great Deluge: Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans, and the Mississippi Gulf Coast (2006); Jed Horne’s Breach of Faith: Hurricane Katrina and the Near Death of a Great American City (2008); and Josh Neufeld’s A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge (2009). Many of these projects have focused on animal rescue efforts: Mike Shiley’s Dark Water Rising: Survival Stories of Hurricane Katrina Animal Rescues (2006); Best Friends’ Not Left Behind: Rescuing the Pets of New Orleans (2006); Cathy Scott’s Pawprints of Katrina: Pets Saved and Lessons Learned (2008); and even children’s books, such as Two Bobbies: A True Story of Hurricane Katrina, Friendship, and Survival (2008).

Released in 2007, Tom McPhee’s An American Opera: The Greatest Pet Rescue Ever! is a documentary recounting the spontaneous and titanic efforts undertaken by local and national animal activists to rescue the nonhuman animals caught in Hurricane Katrina’s wake:

Tom McPhee’s An American Opera: The Greatest Pet Rescue Ever! is a multi-award winning documentary film chronicling what happened during Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, Louisiana when pet owners were forced to evacuate without their pets. An American Opera follows the pets, vets, owners, officials, rescuers, and adopters of animals as they try to remedy the situation, revealing that not everyone had the same goal of saving animals. Tom McPhee directed, narrated, and produced the film with the production companies Man Smiling Moving Pictures and Cave Studio.

Interviewing leaders of animal organizations and volunteers who went to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, it is revealed that at the beginning, everyone had different ideas about how things should be done, but no one was willing to take charge because the problem was bigger than anyone could have imagined. The film champions the volunteers whose only concern was saving animals, unlike the animal organizations who were more concerned with the chain of command.

After about a month, the state put the Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in charge who told the volunteers to stop rescuing. Anyone not with the LA/SPCA was considered ‘rogue’ and operating outside the authority. Meanwhile, the police in St. Bernard Parish were shooting dogs in what they say was a form of mercy.

Months after Katrina, many owners are still not reunited with their pets because they do not know where they are and do not have the means to find them. Some people have found that their animals have been adopted out and cannot get them back.

The film ends with Barkus, a Louisiana pet parade, indicating New Orleans was not washed away with the hurricane.

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Book Review: The Great Deluge by Douglas Brinkley (2006)

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

A few weeks back, I “read” (read: listened to) Douglas Brinkley’s The Great Deluge: Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans, and the Mississippi Gulf Coast (2006) – on audiobook. Since he made little mention of non-human animals in the book, initially I wasn’t going to bother posting the review here. But, lo and behold, prior to posting the review on Amazon, I discovered that Brinkley does discuss the plight of “pets” during and after Hurricane Katrina. For some undetermined reason, however, all but one (that I counted – and believe you me, I was counting!) reference to non-human animals was cut from the audio version of the book. Given that the book’s 768 pages were watered down into five discs totaling just under six hours of narration, much was cut, but. Still – weird, very weird.

The end result: while animal advocates will probably be frustrated by the audio version’s lack of attention to non-human animals (who, let’s face it, played a key role in the disaster, even if you don’t believe that they’re worthy of consideration on their own), methinks y’all (we’all?) might be happier with the unabridged print version.

Hey, it’s on my wishlist.

The Great Deluge by Douglas Brinkley (2006)

768 pages in 6 hours: What was lost in narration?

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I initially “read” the audiobook version of Douglas Brinkley’s The Great Deluge: Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans, and the Mississippi Gulf Coast, a chronicling of the events leading up to and following Hurricane Katrina’s landfall(s) on the Gulf Coast in August 2005. Brinkley, a historian and New Orleans resident, offers a level-headed assessment of the local, state and federal government’s preparations for and response to what would ultimately be the single deadliest (and one of the costliest) hurricane in the United States’ history.

There’s plenty of blame to go around, and Brinkley serves up slices of humble pie to everyone from President George W. Bush, to Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff and FEMA Director Michael Brown, with an extra-heaping plate of fail saved especially for NOLA Mayor Ray Nagin. Brinkley also points out the failings of local police officers, government bureaucracy at the local, state and federal levels – he even finds fault with city founder Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne, Sieur de Bienville, who initially chose the site of New Orleans and refused to abandon the city, even after a hurricane destroyed most of the existing structures, only four years into the city’s brief existence.

Brinkley also praises those who rose to the occasion: meteorologists who tried in vain to alert local and state officials to the impending disaster; police and military officers who performed their duties with bravery and compassion; neighbors who rescued one another when the government would not (or could not); and citizens the world over who rushed in to help displaced Gulf Coast residents. As infuriating as are the tales of government incompetence and corruption, these individual narratives of goodwill are equally inspiring.

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Kinship Circle: Rebuilding Lives, Two Hands At A Time

Saturday, December 27th, 2008

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Kinship Circle – kinshipcircle [at] accessus.net
Date: Dec 24, 2008 8:45 PM
Subject: Rebuilding Lives, Two Hands At A Time

KINSHIP CIRCLE ANIMAL DISASTER AID NETWORK

12/24/08: Rebuilding Lives, Two Hands At A Time
YEAR-END REFLECTIONS * http://www.kinshipcircle.org/disasters

THIS IS FOR YOU:

1. Rebuilding The Gulf Coast, Two Hands At A Time
2. Kinship Circle Recognized For Work In Iowa Floods 2008
3. The Great River Rescue
4. I Rescued A Human Today

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1. Rebuilding The Gulf Coast, Two Hands At A Time

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SOURCE: 12/24/08, VIDEO – With My Own Two Hands
WATCH VIDEO NOW: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BJ44B33HRmo&NR=1

FROM KINSHIP CIRCLE: Thanks to my sister and fellow animal rescuer, Cara Shoss, for alerting me to this beautiful video and inspiration for this message. Brenda Shoss, president, Kinship Circle

From Cara Shoss, cshoss [at] gmail.com — Imagine what we could do if we all used our own two hands to change the world. Keep believing in what you are doing. Happy Holidays to all of you and thank you for using your two hands to make a difference for the animals in the world.

TURN UP YOUR SPEAKERS: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BJ44B33HRmo&NR=1

KINSHIP CIRCLE REFERENCES:

GULF COAST: Animals In Gulf Coast Storms & Other Disasters
http://www.kinshipcircle.org/disasters/gulfcoast/default.html

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Kinship Circle: Ginger’s Story: Two-Time Hurricane Survivor

Tuesday, October 28th, 2008

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Kinship Circle – kinshipcircle [at] accessus.net
Date: Tue, Oct 28, 2008 at 5:52 PM
Subject: Ginger’s Story: Two-Time Hurricane Survivor

http://www.kinshipcircle.org/disasters
KINSHIP CIRCLE ANIMAL DISASTER AID NETWORK

KINSHIP CIRCLE NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT.
DONATE ONLINE: http://www.kinshipcircle.org/donation/

GULF COAST
10/28/08: Ginger’s Story – Two Time Hurricane Survivor Illuminates Flaws In Evacuation System

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Courtney Chandel with Ginger, rescued after Hurricane Katrina, 2005. Lower Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana.

SOURCE / REPLY TO:
Courtney Chandel, akameridians [at] yahoo.com
Nanette Martin, nantucketred [at] earthlink.net

2005: LIFE AMID RUINS IN POST-KATRINA PLAQUEMINES PARISH

Katrina left Louisiana’s Lower Plaquemines Parish post-apocalyptic. The deserted area stretched for miles, with sprawling shrimp trawlers parked on highways, a truck in a tree, debris strewn fields. Former homes were stripped to concrete foundation blocks. It felt as desolate as the moon.

The Parish had finally let animal rescuers in — when Nanette Martin and I drove from New Orleans with dog/cat food, carriers, catchpoles… It was hard to digest what we saw. Neither of us spoke until we spotted a cluster of remarkably intact mobile homes by a roadside sign that said “Ironton.”

“First stop, Ironton,” Nanette said as I turned the bumpy corner into the debris-strewn neighborhood. We hoped we’d find something alive here… Then we saw her — a gorgeous Golden Retriever with expectant eyes, wagging away. A sparkling oasis of life amid destruction and decay. She sat by her little dogloo, near her boarded-up person’s home, tied to a tree.

We ran to her. Her tongue dropped out and she smiled… “Good dog! Good girl!” She was so thin. We could feel her bones easily, yet bowls of fresh food and water sat beside her. We saw the house was deserted, so we headed to the street where a woman greeted us. “You met Ginger!” And so we learned how a neighbor was caring for Ginger after her disabled person evacuated. People weren’t allowed to take pets with them, even the disabled. We tried to imagine what Ginger had seen and felt during the storm…the sounds, wind, darkness… It was hard not to feel fiercely protective toward her.

Each day we made the two-hour drive from New Orleans to Plaquemines Parish, we checked on Ginger. We thought about bringing Ginger to ARNO until her “mom” came home. The idea was cinched when we saw three German Shepherds, who’d also survived, bullying her. We obtained mom’s phone number… There is no other call like the one after a disaster to tell someone their animal is alive. And, yes, she sure would like it if Ginger got out of there…

Ginger’s odyssey didn’t end with ARNO. She was routed through Best Friends and then to a foster home in Southern California…until her mom returned after living in a FEMA trailer. We advised her to never leave Ginger again.

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Kinship Circle: Emergency Overload: St. Bernard Parish Shelter

Sunday, October 19th, 2008

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Kinship Circle – kinshipcircle [at] accessus.net
Date: Sat, Oct 18, 2008 at 4:20 PM
Subject: Emergency Overload: St. Bernard Parish Shelter

DO NOT REPLY TO KINSHIP CIRCLE. TIME IS OF ESSENCE.
IF YOU CAN HELP REPLY TO ST. BERNARD PARISH SHELTER.

10/18/08: EMERGENCY OVERLOAD: St. Bernard Parish Animal Shelter
Help pull animals in hard-hit area – Katrina, Gustav…

Animal Shelter Waives Fees To Reduce Overcrowding
‘No Fee’ Adoptions Open To Anyone
http://www.wdsu.com/news/17739846/detail.html#-

NEW ORLEANS — A Southeast Louisiana animal shelter facing severe overcrowding is waiving adoption fees to encourage area residents to consider adopting a new pet. The St. Bernard Parish Animal Shelter said it urgently needs to reduce its dog and cat population. The “no fee” adoption is open to anyone — not just parish residents — and will continue through Monday, Oct. 20.

St. Bernard Parish Animal Shelter
http://www.flickr.com/photos/sbpshelter/sets/72157603921945483/

St. Bernard Parish Animal Shelter is experiencing severe overcrowding. In an effort to find homes for these animals rather than euthanize them, the parish is waiving all adoption fees for anyone who adopts an animal today through Monday (10/20/08). There is a never fee charged to senior citizens.

115 W. Agriculture Rd
Chalmette, LA 70043 (Off Paris Road)
CALL SHELTER: 504-228-1093
OR A VOLUNTEER: 914-720-6888 or tisme [at] mindspring.com

OUT OF STATE TRANSPORT CAN BE ARRANGED.

SPECIAL SHELTER HOURS:
8 a.m. to 4 p.m. today, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday

SEE ADOPTABLE ANIMALS:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/sbpshelter/sets/72157603921945483/

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"Animal Evacuations In A Post-Katrina World"

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008

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The five little terrier-mix dogs had been left behind on Galveston Island by their owner. Alone and frightened they watched as the storm surge began to rush into their home. As the water continued its relentless rise, they jumped to the top of a table and that’s where Houston SPCA rescue teams found them trembling and whimpering in fear. The high water mark was over their heads and our rescue teams knew in their hearts that these little dogs spent most of the night swimming for their lives. But they had a strong will to live and thanks to the Houston SPCA, they also have a second chance at life.

Houston SPCA rescue teams are in a race against time to safe innocent storm victims like these who were left behind on the Island to fend for themselves. Thousands of dogs, cats, horses, puppies and kittens, birds and other pets have found a safe haven at the Houston SPCA.

Sigh.

I have five dogs.

Four are what you might call “terrier mixes.”

The looong dog, standing on the leftmost corner of the table, kind of reminds me of Ralphie, our dachshund.

In fact, the whole group kind of resembles my pack. A bit scragglier, a bit scrappier, but…I can see it. Five little runts, just like my guys and girls. Five sweet, innocent, loyal, unconditionally loving little mutts. Five friends for life. Five reasons for living.

I can barely stand leaving them alone for a few hours: while I go to dinner, to the movies, or – dog forbid – out for the day.

Hell, I feel bad when I have to crate Kaylee in the bedroom while I take a shower in the next room.

So, how does one look at those sweet little faces…and leave them, alone, knowing full well that a hurricane is fast approaching? How?

And that’s not even to mention the creature who – presumably – was “living” in the cage next to the table.

I feel like I should clarify here that, yes, sometimes elderly, disabled, and impoverished animal guardians face obstacles in evacuating with their companions. Maybe that was the case here; maybe it wasn’t. After Katrina, the importance of preparing disaster response plans for both human and non-human animals alike became readily apparent. While the evacuation plans didn’t go off without a hitch in the face of Gustav and Ike, there were plans – not to mention plenty of forewarning.

This didn’t need to happen.

Our animal friends lost everything in the storm but hope.

Please check out the Disaster Relief section of this website to see what you can do to help the victims of Hurricane Gustav and Ike. I started accumulating disaster relief alerts and resources in the days after Katrina – and I continue to update and maintain the page(s) as a tribute to the thousands of animals that needlessly perished in Hurricane Katrina, as well as the many natural and man-made disasters since.

(Photo and excerpts from Houston SPCA’s “updates from the [Hurricane Ike] frontline”; post title lifted from this Kinship Circle alert.)

Kinship Circle: Katrina Animal Memorial 8/29/08

Thursday, August 7th, 2008

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Kinship Circle – kinshipcircle [at] accessus.net
Date: Wed, Aug 6, 2008 at 2:10 PM
Subject: Katrina Animal Memorial 8/29/08

KINSHIP CIRCLE ANIMAL DISASTER AID NETWORK – PLEASE CROSSPOST
http://www.kinshipcircle.org/disasters — Communicating during disasters to mobilize volunteers, supplies, and other resources for animal victims.

GULF COAST
8/6/08: Return To New Orleans For A Katrina Animal Memorial On The 3rd Anniversary Of Hurricane Katrina, 8/29/08

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ALERT FROM / REPLY TO:
Jeff Dorson, Humane Society of Louisiana, stopcruelty11 [at] gmail.com
You’re invited to commemorate the 3rd Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina…

Book Your Discounted Room Now!

DISCOUNTED 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 August 18, 2008.

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A Two-Day Extravaganza!

10:00am to 12:00pm — FRIDAY 8/29/08: KATRINA MEMORIAL STATUE
Join us to unveil the nation’s first memorial statue honoring animals lost in Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. In New Orleans City Council chambers, Councilwoman Stacy Head will accept the statue on behalf of the city. We’ve commissioned well-known artist, Mr. Richard Chashoudian. An invocation will be read along with a special reading by Ed Kostro, poet and author.

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Kinship Circle: NOLA Rescuer Dead. Her Animals Need Help!

Sunday, June 15th, 2008

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Kinship Circle – kinshipcircle [at] accessus.net
Date: Fri, Jun 13, 2008 at 7:32 PM
Subject: NOLA Rescuer Dead. Her Animals Need Help!

KINSHIP CIRCLE ANIMAL DISASTER AID NETWORK
Communicating during disasters to mobilize volunteers, supplies, and other
resources for animal victims. http://www.kinshipcircle.org/disasters

ALERT FROM KINSHIP CIRCLE SUPPORTER / PLEASE CROSS-POST:
6/13/08: Katrina/NOLA Rescuer Dead. Her Animals Need Help!

FROM KINSHIP CIRCLE:

We are shocked and dismayed by the untimely death of devoted New Orleans rescuer, Linda Potts. For the last 15 or more years of her life, Linda trapped, rescued and brought hope to homeless animals. Please help Linda’s surviving companion animals…and/or forward this to others. Kinship Circle

ALERT FROM / REPLY TO:

Charlotte Bass, table25 [at] bellsouth.net

Linda Potts, longtime rescuer and resident of New Orleans’ Holy Cross 9th ward neighborhood, was found dead in her gutted home on June 11, 2008. Linda volunteered for ARNO as a feeder/trapper and assisted many other New Orleans area rescue organizations with assistance in the field.

Linda, age 49, lived with her pets in a FEMA trailer next to her gutted home. Her death was officially classified as death from ‘natural causes’ as police report that there was no evidence of foul play. There seems to be conflicting opinions from neighbors — as well as suspect evidence found at the death scene — but the important thing right now is to get Linda’s pets rescued and into foster or permanent homes.

LINDA’S LEFT-BEHIND BABIES… CAN YOU FOSTER OR ADOPT?

Currently five animals are being held at the LA/SPCA and have been transferred in name to ARNO’s foster/adoption program. We thank the LA/SPCA for allowing these pets to be housed for one week at their facilities. It is paramount we move these pets to foster homes quickly, as LA/SPCA and ARNO have zero space at their respective shelters.

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Kinship Circle: From Floodwaters To Here: NOLA Rescuer Needs Help

Thursday, May 15th, 2008

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Kinship Circle – kinshipcircle [at] accessus.net
Date: Wed, May 14, 2008 at 12:21 PM
Subject: From Floodwaters To Here: NOLA Rescuer Needs Help

KINSHIP CIRCLE DISASTER AID NETWORK – PERMISSION TO CROSS-POST

The following information is brought to you courtesy of Kinship Circle.
Please DO NOT hit reply! Respond directly to: Linda Watrous, lindakwatrous [at] yahoo.com

ALERT FROM KINSHIP CIRCLE MEMBER:
5/14/08: From Floodwaters To Here – NOLA Rescuer Asks For Help

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FROM KINSHIP CIRCLE:

We regularly receive pleas from solo rescuers in New Orleans who comb Katrina-ravaged areas…still looking for left-behind animals. Some have survived on desolate streets since Katrina, burrowing inside broken homes and gutted cars. Others are offspring, born into a bleak landscape.

Once trapped, most animals are sick or injured. These independent NOLA rescuers “scrap” together funds to literally put broken animals back together — and offer them the chance of a safe home. Though nearly three years have passed since the 2005 storms, animals still suffer in areas slow to rebuild and repopulate. Kinship Circle

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Kinship Circle: [GULF COAST] On The Streets, Since Katrina

Sunday, May 11th, 2008

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Kinship Circle – kinshipcircle [at] accessus.net
Date: Sat, May 10, 2008 at 9:21 PM
Subject: [GULF COAST] On The Streets, Since Katrina

KINSHIP CIRCLE ANIMAL DISASTER AID NETWORK
Networking resources for animal disaster victims + companion animal campaigns
http://www.kinshipcircle.org/disasters

5/10/08: Afraid On The Streets, Since Katrina

IN MAY GULF COAST NEWSLETTER:

1 – Where Are Turtle & Blue, Katrina’s Lost? (But Seen!)
2 – Highlights & Updates
3 – Stranded Cats Of Lakeview Still Need Homes
4 – Donations Aid Anti-Dogfighting Effort In Louisiana
5 – Help Neglected Dogs in Rural Mississippi
6 – Join MuttShack At Disaster Response Summit
7 – NOLA: Katrina Animal Memorial 2008 (Be There!)
8 – $1 Million In Grants For Post-Katrina Animal Care
9 – LA/SPCA Expands Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Services

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

Sunday, April 13th, 2008

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Kinship Circle – kinshipcircle [at] accessus.net
Date: Sat, Apr 12, 2008 at 9:33 PM
Subject: [GULF COAST] Still Healing, One Animal At A Time

KINSHIP CIRCLE ANIMAL DISASTER AID NETWORK – PERMISSION TO CROSS-POST
Networking resources for animal disaster victims + companion animal campaigns

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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Kinship Circle: See You In NOLA, Aug. 29, 2008

Friday, April 11th, 2008

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Kinship Circle – kinshipcircle [at] accessus.net
Date: Fri, Apr 11, 2008 at 10:42 AM
Subject: See You In NOLA, Aug. 29, 2008

KINSHIP CIRCLE ANIMAL DISASTER AID NETWORK – PERMISSION TO CROSS-POST
Networking resources for animal disaster victims + companion animal campaigns

GULF COAST
4/11/08: Katrina Animal Memorial 2008 — See You In New Orleans!

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

ALERT FROM / REPLY TO:

Jeff Dorson, Founder/Executive Director, 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. A staggering number of animals perished. 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.

YOU’RE INVITED TO 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… Please help us write one of the last chapters of this difficult period in our nation’s history.

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.

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Kinship Circle: NEW ORLEANS: JOIN US TO PLAN TNR APRIL 12

Friday, April 11th, 2008

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Kinship Circle – kinshipcircle [at] accessus.net
Date: Thu, Apr 10, 2008 at 6:38 PM
Subject: NEW ORLEANS: JOIN US TO PLAN TNR APRIL 12 – La Madeleine’s Cafe 10 am

The following information is brought to you courtesy of Kinship Circle.

Please DO NOT hit reply! Respond directly to contact person listed in the alert below.

—— Forwarded Message
From: Diane Michell, – dianecmichell [at] netscape.net
Date: Thu, 10 Apr 2008
Subject: New Orleans: JOIN US SAT. APRIL 12 TO PLAN TNR IN NOLA – La Madeleine’s Café, 10 am

PLEASE FORWARD TO ANYONE YOU KNOW WHO HELPS HOMELESS CATS THROUGH TNR!

FEEDERS/TRAPPERS/CARETAKERS OF CATS:

JOIN FERAL CAT CONSORTIUM/THE CAT HELP DESK FOR 1 HR. ON SAT. APRIL 12 TO PLAN TNR IN NOLA!

Contact: Wendy Guidry
FERAL CAT CONSORTIUM/THE CAT HELP DESK
email: mrjames1 [at] earthlink.net
ph: 985-373-5937 or 985-845-2332
http://www.helpferals.org/

WHAT: The Feral Cat Consortium/Cat Help Desk will be having a short meeting to discuss Trap Neuter Return of feral and free-roaming cats in New Orleans. We are asking for people with experience in cat trapping to please attend.

WHEN: Saturday, April 12, 2008 — from 10:00 am (sharp) to 11:00 am.

WHERE: La Madeleine’s cafe, 3300 Severn (corner of 17th), Metairie. If the weather is nice we will be out front.

GOAL: We hope to increase trapping in New Orleans to really make a difference in the numbers of new kittens born this spring! We need your help to plan an organized effort, respectful of residents and with minimum stress to the cats being trapped.

HOW: To offset gas(!), we will reimburse costs to experienced trappers for cat trapping in New Orleans neighborhoods, and we will eventually branch out to other areas. We will fund the surgeries at our participating facilities, but we welcome your recommendations so we can spay/neuter even more cats!

TEAMWORK: Perhaps some of us can team up to share the burden of trapping and transporting, thus increasing our collective results.

DISCUSS: We are open to new ideas from you! We value your time and energy, and everything you are already doing for cats!

Please RSVP to Wendy if you can attend — or just show up if you can make it! Thank you and we hope to see you there!

Contact: Wendy Guidry
FERAL CAT CONSORTIUM/THE CAT HELP DESK
email: mrjames1 [at] earthlink.net
ph: 985-373-5937 or 985-845-2332

The FERAL CAT CONSORTIUM is a 501(c)(3) animal welfare charity dedicated to improving the lives of feral and free-roaming cats. The CAT HELP DESK – connecting people and resources with cats in need.
http://www.helpferals.org/

If you are feeding feral cats, PLEASE also trap and spay/neuter to help reduce the population growth rate!

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Kinship Circle: [GULF COAST] Your Last Hard Day Was Yesterday

Sunday, March 23rd, 2008

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From: Kinship Circle – kinshipcircle [at] accessus.net
Date: Fri, Mar 21, 2008 at 12:49 PM
Subject: [GULF COAST] Your Last Hard Day Was Yesterday

KINSHIP CIRCLE ANIMAL DISASTER RELIEF – PERMISSION TO CROSS-POST
Networking resources for animal disaster victims + companion animal campaigns

GULF COAST
3/21/08: Your Last Hard Day Was Yesterday

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

IN MARCH GULF COAST NEWSLETTER:

1. Tour For Life 2008: April 9, At SAF In New Orleans!
2. March 29-30: SpayMart Super Adoptathon In NOLA
3. Feedback: Missouri Floodwaters Rising
4. Highlights & Updates
5. Dear Sabrina, Your Last Hard Day Was Yesterday
6. A Second Chance For St. Bernard Parish Animals
7. A Nursing Mom’s Tragedy & The Power To Act
8. Certification As A First Responder For Animals

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Kinship Circle: Katrina Survivor Rescued 2+ Years After Storm

Sunday, March 2nd, 2008

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From: Kinship Circle – kinshipcircle [at] accessus.net
Date: Sat, Mar 1, 2008 at 2:15 PM
Subject: Katrina Survivor Rescued 2+ Years After Storm

KINSHIP CIRCLE ANIMAL DISASTER RELIEF – PERMISSION TO CROSS-POST

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

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

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.

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Kinship Circle: [GULF COAST] Time To Remember, Time To Act

Thursday, February 21st, 2008

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From: Kinship Circle – kinshipcircle [at] accessus.net
Date: Wed, Feb 20, 2008 at 9:07 PM
Subject: [GULF COAST] Time To Remember, Time To Act

KINSHIP CIRCLE ANIMAL DISASTER RELIEF – PERMISSION TO CROSS-POST

GULF COAST
2/20/08: A Time To Remember, A Time To Act

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

IN FEBRUARY GULF COAST NEWSLETTER:

1. NOLA Rescuer Arrested While Trapping Cats
2. A Time To Act: St. Bernard Parish Killings
3. A Time To Remember…
4. Highlights & Updates
5. Support Humane Society Of Louisiana’s Recovery
6. For Buddy: Toughen Mississippi’s Lax Cruelty Law
7. Kane: Featured Katrina Dog – Where’s My Family?
8. Blue Eyes: Featured Katrina Cat – Where’s My Family?
9. Think Of Animals When Disaster Strikes

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‘Because They Have No Words’ @ Chicago’s Piven Theatre

Thursday, February 21st, 2008

But what of Kansas City? Sigh. It’s all just hay and megachurches.

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From: Andrew Bennett
Date: Tue, Feb 19, 2008 at 12:51 PM
Subject: Because They Have No Words

Hello Kelly –

I received your information from Lotti Pharriss, one of the playwright’s of BECAUSE THEY HAVE NO WORDS. The play tells the true story of Tim Maddock, who worked in the animal rescue efforts in post-Katrina New Orleans. We’re wondering if there’s any way you could mention the production on your site and to your readers. I’ve included a press release with more information, and if you have questions, just let me know!

Thanks!

Andrew Bennett

Production Manager
Piven Theatre Workshop
927 Noyes Street, Rm 110
Evanston, IL 60201
(847) 866-8049
ajbennett [at] piventheatre.org
http://www.piventheatre.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

CONTACT: Andrew Bennett (847) 866-8049
ajbennett [at] piventheatre.org

Kinship Circle - 2007-10-05 - 08 - Because They Have No Words

*PHOTO AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST*

PIVEN THEATRE CLOSES THEIR 07-08 SEASON WITH A CHICAGO PREMIERE

(EVANSTON, ILLINOIS) Piven Theatre proudly announces the Chicago Premiere of Because They Have No Words, written by Tim Maddock and Lotti Louise Pharriss, and directed by Emilie Beck.

• Production opens on Monday, May 12th
• Production runs from May 12th – June 15th
• Tickets: $23-25 / group rates available for groups of 10 or more.
• At the Piven Theatre, 927 Noyes Street in Evanston.
• Ticket and show information at (847) 866-8049 or http://www.piventheatre.org.

This production focuses on the true story of Tim Maddock who, in response to Hurricane Katrina, traveled to New Orleans and threw himself into the chaos of animal rescue efforts in the wake of the storm. In September of 2005, Tim loaded his car with food, water, clothing and rescue gear. He said goodbye to his partner and his dog, and drove straight into the heart of one of the greatest natural disasters in our country’s history.

During his time in New Orleans, Tim witnessed great human tragedy and stupendous bureaucratic blunders. From the stranded animals somehow able to weather the storm, to the frantic, grief-stricken families searching for the pets they were forced to abandon, the flood of emotion was a constant reminder of the failures of a city, a state, and a nation to respond when their citizens needed them most.

The play, written by Tim Maddock and Lotti Louise Pharriss received its world-premiere in L.A. under the direction of Piven Theatre Workshop alum Emilie Beck. Piven Theatre is pleased to reunite the playwrights with their original director, Ms. Beck, for this Midwest Premiere and to announce that the play’s author and inspiration, Tim Maddock, will be starring in the production.

This riveting true story has been called “Raw, moving, and darkly humorous” by the L.A. Weekly and Backstage West proclaims it “Reminds us of what good theatre is capable of achieving.”

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Kinship Circle: [GULF COAST] New Witness To SBP Killings + MORE

Sunday, February 3rd, 2008

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From: Kinship Circle – kinshipcircle [at] accessus.net
Date: Jan 30, 2008 1:54 PM
Subject: [GULF COAST] New Witness To SBP Killings + MORE

KINSHIP CIRCLE ANIMAL DISASTER RELIEF
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GULF COAST
1/30/08: New Eyewitness To St. Bernard Killings + MORE

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

IN JANUARY GULF COAST NEWSLETTER:

1. Never Forget: Animals Lost To St. Bernard Killings
2. New Eyewitness To SBP Shootings Steps Forward
3. Highlights & Updates
4. Desperate To Save Dog Rescued In New Orleans
5. Appeal For Forgotten Animals In Leland, MS
6. Day In Court For Dogfighter – Shreveport, LA
7. 200 Animals Face Death In Miami, FL Eviction
8. ARNO In The New Year… See Spot Happy!
9. Goals for 2008 – Sheltering Facilities in Louisiana
10. Featured Lost Katrina Dog: Zena
11. Featured Lost Katrina Cat: Lynx

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Kinship Circle: NEVER FORGET: St. Bernard Killings Memorial, 1/30/08

Tuesday, January 29th, 2008

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From: Kinship Circle – kinshipcircle [at] accessus.net
Date: Jan 29, 2008 1:24 PM
Subject: NEVER FORGET: St. Bernard Killings Memorial, 1/30/08

KINSHIP CIRCLE ANIMAL DISASTER RELIEF – PERMISSION TO CROSS-POST
http://www.kinshipcircle.org/disasters/

1/29/08: Memorial For Dogs Lost To St. Bernard Parish Shootings
If You Can’t Attend, Donate Toward Flowers…

ALERT FROM / REPLY TO:

Charlotte Bass, table25 [at] bellsouth.net, 504-522-0222
http://www.animalrescueneworleans.org

CROSS POST TO EVERYONE WHO LOVES ANIMALS!
Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2008 * 2:00 pm
P.G.T. Beauregard Middle School
1201 Bayou Rd., St. Bernard, LA
Locally we know this as St. Bernard Hwy., the continuation of N. Rampart to St. Claude, and turns into St. Bernard Hwy. after Arabi.

Show support against the dismissal of charges of the two St. Bernard parish sheriffs who were involved in the murder of dozens of pets. If you cannot be there at that time, place flowers and notes anytime today or tonight or tomorrow morning… We need to send a message that blatant cruelty should be prosecuted. We need to give these murdered pets a voice since they are no longer here because of the heinous shootings that happened in St. Bernard Parish in the days after Katrina.

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