Attn: MSM

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

Dear members of the mainstream news media,

Many of you are reporting that the death toll in the recent Australian wildfires now hovers around 200, with numbers likely to rise.

Take, for example, the following headlines:

Australia fire deaths rise to 200 (BBC News)

Australia wildfire death toll reaches 200 (the AP)

Talk Vic toll may reach 300 ‘a rumour’ (Sydney Morning Herald)

News flash: the “death toll” has already surpassed 200, at least 5,000 times over.

To wit: “Millions of animals are estimated to have died in the ferocious Black Saturday bushfires that swept across countryside, towns and farmland in Australia’s southeast.”
 


 
Millions of animals – men, women, children, chickens, canaries, koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, possums, deer, dogs, cats, horses, ducks, peacocks, lyrebirds, goats and dingoes, to name just a few of the affected species – have died. The death toll is catastrophic; the loss of life, tragic.

Please don’t imply that some of these lives are insignificant by excluding them from your discourse. If you mean that 200 human lives have been lost, say so. Your sloppy/lazy/negligent reporting and/or headline copyrighting does a disservice to the majority of the fire’s victims – and to those who care for their well-being.

Regards,

The veg*n language police

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Tagged:

Kinship Circle: Victoria Burning – Help Animal Fire Victims In Australia

Monday, February 16th, 2009

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Kinship Circle – kinshipcircle [at] accessus.net
Date: Thu, Feb 12, 2009 at 6:27 PM
Subject: Victoria Burning – Help Animal Fire Victims In Australia

KINSHIP CIRCLE ANIMAL DISASTER AID NETWORK

ONLINE VOLUNTEER FORM: Tell us what you can do! Be on file in our Disaster Aid Network: http://www.kinshipcircle.org/disasters/volunteer/default.html

2/13/09: Victoria Burning – Help Animal Fire Victims

IN THIS ALERT:

1. KC Directory: Animal Relief Efforts You Can Help. Millions Died…
2. Nigel’s Animal Rescue: Send Money & Supplies ASAP
3. Wildlife Victoria: Overwhelmed With Fire Victims
4. Help For Wildlife: Long Recovery Ahead For Animals
5. RSPCA: Emergency Aid For Companion Animals
6. Wildlife Burning
7. IFAW: Team On The Ground For Animals In Victoria
8. Survivors Of The Fire – Symbols of Hope

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Please review resources below to see WHO and HOW to help.

PHOTOS: Help For Wildlife, Victoria (Australia) — http://www.helpforwildlife.com/bushfires/photos.html

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Kinship Circle: Rebuilding Lives, Two Hands At A Time

Saturday, December 27th, 2008

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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

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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: Few Ike Reunions, Dog Survives Surge, Animal Relief…

Tuesday, October 28th, 2008

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Kinship Circle – kinshipcircle [at] accessus.net
Date: Mon, Oct 27, 2008 at 3:35 PM
Subject: Few Ike Reunions, Dog Survives Surge, Animal Relief…

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

PLEASE SUPPORT KINSHIP CIRCLE:
ONLINE: http://www.kinshipcircle.org/donation/
BY MAIL: Kinship Circle / 7380 Kingsbury Blvd. / St. Louis, MO 63130

GULF COAST
10/27/08: Few Ike Reunions, Dog Survives Surge, Continuing Animal Relief

IN THIS ALERT:

1. A 10-Day Limit Meant Few Reunions After Ike
2. Hope Is A Mutt Named Ranger
3. Ike, Gustav & Katrina Continuing Animal Relief

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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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Kinship Circle: Piglets Of The Flood – Iowa Rescues Give Birth

Tuesday, October 14th, 2008

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Kinship Circle – kinshipcircle [at] accessus.net
Date: Tue, Oct 14, 2008 at 2:01 PM
Subject: Piglets Of The Flood – Iowa Rescues Give Birth

KINSHIP CIRCLE PRIMARY – PERMISSION TO CROSS-POST

10/14/08: UPDATE: Piglets Of The Flood – Iowa Rescues Give Birth

DATE: 7/28/08…9/9/08
SOURCE: Midwest Flood Pig Rescue Blog, http://floodrescue2008.blogspot.com/
Images From A Flood, http://www.kinshipcircle.org/disasters/relief/08-07-03.html

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PHOTOS COURTESY OF FARM SANCTUARY, http://www.farmsanctuary.org

FROM KINSHIP CIRCLE

When Iowa floods saturated nearly 80% of the state this summer, Iowa’s Veterinary Response Coordinator enlisted Kinship Circle Animal Disaster Aid Network to staff staging areas at Johnson County Fairgrounds in Iowa City and Lee County Fairgrounds in Donnellson, Iowa. By June 14, 2008 we were in daily conference calls with the state EOC (Emergency Operations Center). We contacted Best Friends Rapid Response Team and asked Iowa officials to form an agreement with them (MOU) for water rescue in Louisa, Des Moines, Lee, Johnson or Linn counties…. Over June and July, Kinship Circle volunteers traveled to Iowa for emergency pet sheltering, transport and rescue operations.

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PHOTO: Molly Wald, Best Friends, http://www.bestfriends.org

IN THE MEANTIME, PIGS WERE EVERYWHERE…Adrift from flooded hog farms, some still encased in crates. While 40,000 were pre-evacuated, an estimated 4,000 (or more) pigs died. Some who’d scrambled atop levees were shot dead by officials concerned they’d ruin sandbags. Many more drowned. Kinship Circle contacted Farm Sanctuary to ask their Emergency Rescue Team to come to Iowa. KC volunteers Cheri Deatsch, Bob Rude, David Halperin and Craig Hill assisted Farm Sanctuary in initial pig rescues. Eventually “Operation Pig” grew so large, a coalition of Farm Sanctuary, International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), American Humane Association (AHA), and Animal Rescue League of Boston recovered pigs from levee systems and treated many for severe sunburn, dehydration, etc. at a triage site in Iowa.

IOWA FLOOD RESCUE PHOTOS & TALES:
http://www.kinshipcircle.org/disasters/relief/08-07-03.html

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Kinship Circle: STANDBY ALERT: Wild Fires In Los Angeles Area

Tuesday, October 14th, 2008

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Kinship Circle – kinshipcircle [at] accessus.net
Date: Mon, Oct 13, 2008 at 2:02 PM
Subject: STANDBY ALERT: Wild Fires In Los Angeles Area

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

10/13/08: Wild Fires In Los Angeles Area
THIS IS NOT A DEPLOYMENT.
This is a pre-alert to find out who in the Los Angeles or nearby areas would be able to volunteer IF OUTSIDE AID IS NEEDED. Brenda Shoss, Kinship Circle

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PRELIMINARY HEAD COUNT: Who Might Be Available?

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FIRES BURNING NORTH OF DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES

This is a PRE-ALERT to find out how many volunteers would be available to help with animal aid for fires primarily on the north side of the 210 Freeway in Los Angeles area.

THIS IS NOT A DEPLOYMENT.

Register with Kinship Circle to be on standby for this disaster response:

Send requested info to (one or other, NOT both):
Brenda Shoss, Kinship Circle: kinshipcircle [at] accessus.net
Terri Kelly, Kinship Circle: pawsitivedirections [at] yahoo.com

1. Your First/Last Name:
2. Street Address:
3. City, State, Zip Code:
4. Phone Numbers (cell & land):
5. Email:
6. Driver’s License ID#:
7. YOUR ARRIVE & DEPART DATES:
8. ARE YOU SUBSCRIBED TO KINSHIP CIRCLE’S DISASTER AID EMAIL LIST?
9. TYPE IN SUBJECT LINE: Calif. Fires

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Kinship Circle: Horse/Cow Convoy; Displaced By Ike; Denham Springs Snapshot

Sunday, September 28th, 2008

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Kinship Circle – kinshipcircle [at] accessus.net
Date: Thu, Sep 25, 2008 at 7:19 PM
Subject: Horse/Cow Convoy; Displaced By Ike; Denham Springs Snapshot

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

GULF COAST HURRICANES 2008
9/25/08: Horse/Cow Convoy; Displaced By Ike; Denham Springs Snapshot

IN THIS ALERT:

1. 9/26 Convoy To Aid Horses And Cows After Ike
2. Galveston Area: Help The Doghouse Stay Open
3. Negligent “Caregivers” Look For Animals Left In Ike
4. Thank You! Denham Springs, LA Animal Shelter

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1. 9/26 Convoy To Aid Horses And Cows After Ike

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As happened during Katrina, Ike’s wrath has saturated pastures with saltwater. Cows were stranded on levees. Help and supplies are urgently needed to save these animals.

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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: SOS From Texas: Animals After Ike

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Kinship Circle – kinshipcircle [at] accessus.net
Date: Mon, Sep 22, 2008 at 7:18 PM
Subject: SOS From Texas: Animals After Ike

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

9/22/08: SOS From Texas, Animals After Ike

IN THIS ALERT:

1. A Texan Talks About Where Animals May Need Help
2. Can This Be True? 10 Days To Reclaim Pets…
3. Give Them Shelter: Help For Ike’s Animal Victims
4. Caught On Camera In Galveston Island
5. More Photos From Houston SPCA & ASPCA
6. Rescuer Near Galveston Pleads For Help
7. Dogs, Cats Spared In Montgomery County, TX
8. Do Their Lives Matter? Cows Cling To Life In Texas

In post-Ike Texas, large groups (such as HSUS) have reportedly invalidated the MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) smaller groups (such as MuttShack) had formed with local authorities to work in Beaumont, Texas. Such alleged hostility made it increasingly difficult to obtain a realistic snapshot of the animal situation in Ike-ravaged areas. There was concern about the amount of time some large groups devoted to removing other emergency rescue groups, rather than helping animals in the field. Below is some of what we know — straightforward, without a “public relations” angle.

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Kinship Circle: After Ike: Animals Need You In SE Louisiana

Sunday, September 21st, 2008

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Kinship Circle
Date: Fri, Sep 19, 2008 at 5:59 PM
Subject: After Ike: Animals Need You In SE Louisiana

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

9/18/08: Animals Need You In Lafourche, LA — Seriously

FEW VOLUNTEERS HAVE RESPONDED.
Who else can go to Lafourche, LA? IF WE’VE ALREADY SPOKEN TO YOU DIRECTLY, NO NEED TO REPLY AGAIN. Brenda Shoss, Kinship Circle

Animals remain in distress. Volunteers may be needed for assessment, food/water drops, animal transports — in addition to shelter needs. As assessments are made, you may move from Lafourche into other areas in neighboring Terrebonne, etc.

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Send Us Your Arrive/Depart Dates

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Register with Kinship Circle so ground coordinators know how many volunteers to schedule. If already registered, just send your arrive/depart dates…

1. REGISTER WITH KINSHIP CIRCLE:

NO ONE SHOULD SELF-DEPLOY. All volunteers must register before deployment.

Send requested info to (one or other, NOT both):
Brenda Shoss, Kinship Circle: kinshipcircle [at] accessus.net
Terri Kelly, Kinship Circle: pawsitivedirections [at] yahoo.com

1. Your First/Last Name:
2. Street Address:
3. City, State, Zip Code:
4. Phone Numbers (cell & land):
5. Email:
6. Driver’s License ID#:
7. YOUR ARRIVE & DEPART DATES:
8. ARE YOU SUBSCRIBED TO KINSHIP CIRCLE’S DISASTER AID EMAIL LIST?
9. TYPE IN SUBJECT LINE: IKE VOLUNTEER

2. IN LOUISIANA, REPORT TO:

The home of Joe Dubois, COLAA and MuttShack Disaster Response Coordinator for LaFourche and Terrebonne Parishes

Joe and Mary Dubois, 985-804-6186
113 Leighton Loop / Houma, LA 70360

Joe Dubois will find homes for volunteers to stay in. You don’t need a tent, but should bring a sleeping bag. Showers, bathroom and food for volunteers.

** New Orleans or Baton Rouge airports are closest **

3. THEN REPORT TO MUTTSHACK INCIDENT COMMAND:

Lafourche Animal Shelter / 934 Highway 3185 / Thibodaux, Louisiana 70302
Shelter: 985-446-3532

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED NOW FOR:

* Shelter care
* Animal handlers
* Construction experience**
* Admin (including organizers)
* Animal adoption and transport coordinators
* Animal transport (experience with animal care during transport)
* Runners (to pick up/deliver supplies)
* Assessments
* Food/Water Drops

**Construction experience, including: Carpentry (rough and finished), masonry (foundation), drywall, electrical, HVAC, etc.

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Kinship Circle: Gustav/Ike Survivors Need Transports Now

Friday, September 19th, 2008

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Kinship Circle – kinshipcircle [at] accessus.net
Date: Fri, Sep 19, 2008 at 12:17 PM
Subject: Gustav/Ike Survivors Need Transports Now

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

9/18/08: Transporters – Give Storm Survivors A Second Chance

Denham Springs Animal Shelter is a Louisiana no-kill with a huge influx of animals due to Gustav and Ike. Hurricane survivors and pre-storm animals MUST find a way out, if this shelter is to maintain its no-kill status. Animals must leave Denham Springs, Louisiana for foster/adoptive homes, so new rescues can move in.

TRANSPORTERS NEEDED AS SOON AS MON., 9/22/08, FOR ROUND TRIP:

* Excellent drivers who can walk and handle animals.
* Drivers come to Denham Springs Animal Shelter.
* Transport: About 40 dogs + unknown number of cats through Arizona to San Francisco area.
* MuttShack using 3 cargo vans for trip and needs 6 drivers.
* 5 drivers return cargo vans to Denham Springs.

CAN YOU HELP MOVE THESE DOGS & CATS TO A BETTER LIFE?

CONTACT IMMEDIATELY: MARY KARR, 206-947-3374

PLEASE HELP GIVE STORM SURVIVORS A SECOND CHANCE:

* Can you transport from/to elsewhere in U.S.?
* Can you help coordinate foster homes or no-kill sheltering?
* Can you transport animals in your own roomy vehicle?

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Kinship Circle: Stranded By Ike: In Vermilion, Lafitte, Plaquemines

Tuesday, September 16th, 2008

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Kinship Circle – kinshipcircle [at] accessus.net
Date: Tue, Sep 16, 2008 at 2:54 PM
Subject: Stranded By Ike: In Vermilion, Lafitte, Plaquemines

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

9/16/08: Stranded By Ike – Animals In Vermilion, Lafitte, Plaquemines

Kinship Circle Is not managing volunteers for these efforts.
RESPOND DIRECTLY TO CONTACTS BELOW.

1. Vermilion Parish: Cows On Levees, Trapped By Floodwaters
2. Lafitte, Plaquemines: Animals Need Food

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1. Vermilion: Cows On Levees, Trapped By Floodwaters

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PHOTOS: 9/14/08, Vermilion Parish — Cows stranded in water. Hay is ruined… Notify Debra Barlow (HHERO) ASAP if you can join relief convoys bringing supplies and aid to these animals. (CONTACT INFO BELOW)

CRITICAL NEED TO HELP COWS IN VERMILION PARISH

As happened during Katrina, Ike’s wrath has saturated pastures with saltwater. Cows are standing on levees, stranded by floodwaters. Help and supplies are urgently needed to save these animals.

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Kinship Circle: LaFourche Parish: Volunteers/Supplies Needed Now

Tuesday, September 16th, 2008

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Kinship Circle – kinshipcircle [at] accessus.net
Date: Mon, Sep 15, 2008 at 8:32 PM
Subject: LaFourche Parish: Volunteers/Supplies Needed Now

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

9/15/08: Volunteers & Supplies Needed In Flooded LaFourche, LA

VOLUNTEERS CALLED TO LAFOURCHE PARISH

Kinship Circle and MuttShack volunteers are needed in LaFourche Parish, Louisiana where MuttShack has a joint MOU with LaFourche Parish, by and between La Fourche Parish Government, COLAA (the Coalition of Louisiana Animal Advocates), MuttShack Animal Rescue and Humane Society of Louisiana.

La Fourche Parish Animal Shelter was destroyed in recent storms. Animals need care now, even during cleanup and rebuilding. A main supply structure (60ft X 80ft) was ravaged as well, and cannot serve as a temporary holding area for animals until we construct a cinderblock foundation (or substitute with plastic/rubberized pallets). This marshy area is prone to flooding, even with minimal rainfall. All supplies and vaccines were ruined when power went down, but power is currently back on.

The return of residents — along with area properties and perimeter fencing wrecked in storms — promises a large influx of rescues and surrenders. Volunteers can help counsel residents and urge them to care for their own animals, as we provide kenneling, crates and food.

As an adjunct to the recovery effort, the MOU partners will try to implement a TNR and Spay/Neuter program — perhaps attracting residents with food incentives so they bring in their animals.

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Kinship Circle: Save Lives In Hurricane Ike / PLEASE HELP

Thursday, September 11th, 2008

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Kinship Circle – kinshipcircle [at] accessus.net
Date: Thu, Sep 11, 2008 at 6:47 PM
Subject: Save Lives In Hurricane Ike / PLEASE HELP

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

9/11/08: Donations Needed! Volunteers On Standby For Ike

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Help MuttShack Save Lives In Hurricane Ike

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From: David Friedman, dfnow [at] verizon.net
Date: Thu, 11 Sep 2008
Subject: URGENT, PLEASE HELP!

MuttShack responded valiantly to Hurricane Gustav, assisting Louisiana with:

* Over 120 trucks
* Trained volunteers
* Rapid Deployment Teams of Incident Command people
* Post storm rescue
* Mass care and sheltering teams

MuttShack worked with parishes throughout LA to rescue, repair and transport animals to safe locations in at least five states around the country. We worked with many partner organizations and value our associations.

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Kinship Circle: Can You Be On Standby For Ike?

Thursday, September 11th, 2008

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Kinship Circle – kinshipcircle [at] accessus.net
Date: Thu, Sep 11, 2008 at 1:07 AM
Subject: Can You Be On Standby For Ike?

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

9/10/08: Can You Be On Standby To Deploy To TX or LA For Hurricane Ike?

ON STANDBY:

This means you are able to leave for the disaster area at very short notice when asked to do so. It does NOT mean you send yourself now.

WHERE:

POSSIBLY: Corpus Christi to Port Isabel, Texas – OR – Southeast/west parishes of Louisiana. Volunteer site is unknown at this time.

***WE WILL UPDATE YOU AS DETAILS UNFOLD***

Sign-Up With Kinship Circle For Ike Deployment Under MuttShack:
Send requested info to (one or other, NOT both):
Brenda Shoss, Kinship Circle: kinshipcircle [at] accessus.net
Terri Kelly, Kinship Circle: pawsitivedirections [at] yahoo.com

***EVEN IF ALREADY SENT, WE COLLECT THIS MINIMAL INFO FOR EACH DEPLOYMENT***
***If you’re not already in Kinship Circle’s volunteer network, we may need additional info***

Your First/Last Name:
Street Address:
City, State, Zip Code:
Phone Numbers (cell & land):
Email (that you’re subscribed to KC Disaster Aid under):
Driver’s License ID#:

TYPE IN SUBJECT LINE: IKE VOLUNTEER

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Kinship Circle: Animal Evacuations In A Post-Katrina World

Wednesday, September 10th, 2008

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From: Kinship Circle – kinshipcircle [at] accessus.net
Date: Wed, Sep 10, 2008 at 2:42 PM
Subject: Animal Evacuations In A Post-Katrina World

KINSHIP CIRCLE PRIMARY / LOUISIANA’S FIRST ANIMAL EVACUATIONS, POST-KATRINA

Dear Kinship Circle Primary,

Please except our apologies for the lack of alerts in recent weeks. We were in New Orleans from 8/27 to 9/1, assisting with animal evacuations after Hurricane Gustav. We’ve continued to manage volunteers, working with MuttShack Animal Rescue on post-Gustav issues — and are on standby to help animals in Hurricane Ike, if necessary. Gratefully, hurricane season won’t last much longer…so we can resume animal advocacy alerts! Kinship Circle

9/10/08: Hurricane Gustav – Photo Log

It was surreal. We shifted from awards mode to action mode as Hurricane Gustav loomed behind the Katrina Animal Memorial 8/29/08 in New Orleans. When Humane Society of Louisiana’s magical day ended, Kinship Circle set-up a volunteer intake table to assist MuttShack Animal Rescue for the evacuation of pets with their people. The Louisiana State Animal Response Team (LSART) implemented a system for animal evacuations — that did not exist during Katrina. Photos courtesy of Kinship Circle.

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Kinship Circle receives a Pioneer Spirit Award for its work in the Gulf Coast.
Jeff Dorson, executive director, Humane Society of Louisiana and host of the Katrina Animal Memorial 2008.

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Kinship Circle: Hurricane Ike Looms: Volunteers Report Now

Monday, September 8th, 2008

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From: Kinship Circle – kinshipcircle [at] accessus.net
Date: Sun, Sep 7, 2008 at 6:37 PM
Subject: Hurricane Ike Looms: Volunteers Report Now

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

9/7/08: Hurricane Ike Looms – Report To MuttShack Base Now
Kinship Circle Is Coordinating Volunteers For MuttShack

Help Needed At Water/Wind Wrecked Denham Springs Shelter

We still need volunteers in Denham Springs, Louisiana (where MuttShack is situated) to restore the area’s shelter. An initial 150 dogs and 250 cats required evacuation and the situation here remains dire. At least 40 cats have been transported out to a no-kill shelter in Arkansas…

Incoming Volunteers On Standby For Hurricane Ike Evacs & Aftermath:

Hurricane Ike is predicted to make landfall as early as Saturday, which means people/pet evacuations may begin Thursday of next week. MuttShack is still under agreement to provide animal transport to Mega Shelters (emergency shelters where city-assisted evacuees live alongside their animals) and staff Parish Pick-up Points.

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Photo: Kinship Circle. Union Station, New Orleans 8/31/08
Pet/people evacuation site for Hurricane Gustav

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Kinship Circle: Gustav: Harder Hit SE Louisiana Needs Help

Saturday, September 6th, 2008

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From: Kinship Circle – kinshipcircle [at] accessus.net
Date: Sat, Sep 6, 2008 at 4:52 PM
Subject: Gustav: Harder Hit SE Louisiana Needs Help

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

9/6/08: Gustav – Harder Hit SE Louisiana Needs Help
Kinship Circle Is not directly coordinating volunteers for this effort.
See VOLUNTEER CONTACTS below.

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1. Volunteers, Food, Money Needed For Left-Behind Animals

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Reply To:
Wendy Guidry – 985-373-5937, mrjames1 [at] earthlink.net

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LT PHOTO: 8/30/08, Evacuation Route: Feral Cat Consortium rescues this small lost black dog.

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RT PHOTO: Houma, LA: Feeding starving kittens and cats.

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