Take action and keep telling Governor Kathleen Blanco and President George Bush that many animals have suffered and died avoidably, and there are more animals that need help. Blanco and Bush's federal government have ignored requests for more shelters to house the large number of displaced animals. Animals are left in the streets because there is not enough space in the rescue shelters. The federal government must order the National Guards and army to help with search, rescue, housing and feeding the animals. Animal charities need their manpower and can't save these pets without their help.
Excuse found on Homeland Security website.
(U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) veterinarians and veterinary technicians are working closely with state and local officials and private groups to help rescue pets and displaced animals from storm-ravaged areas of southern Louisiana and Mississippi. USDA is supporting these efforts through veterinary care, shelter and feed for these animals, as well as facilitating reunions with their owners. Recovered pets are given a bath and vaccinated after a thorough examination. Animals recovered in Louisiana can be found on www.petfinder.com.)
You would think from this that the government are helping, but it is the animal welfare charities have done the most work, and the federal government have NOT provided the extra shelters and military personnel that animal welfare rescuers have been repeatedly said they need. Blanco has done virtually nothing to call for help for the animals.
Governor Blanco's office had the excuse that only the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center is full. But the Center takes the bulk of rescued animals and those of families who don't have permanent homes, so can't keep their family pets with them. Animal rescuers have said there are not enough places in rescue centers which is why they have to leave these sick and starving animals on the streets. With not enough space at shelters, and not enough staff because the government has ignored their appeals for help, animal charities have been forced to leave food on the streets but the animals are left vulnerable, and they are used to the affection of their families. These animals need help now.
link to www.telegraph.co.uk Overwhelmed pet centre 'like Superdome for animals'. Most of the animals are desperate and are just trying to survive. It is people that have caused this problem. Governor Blanco let down the people of New Orleans and now she's failed them and their pets.
The government failed many animals. The levees broke, people were forced to leave their pets, they even told evacuees they could not keep family pets with them.
This is someone's loved pet and member of their family that Governor Blanco and President Bush are ignoring. These animals are suffering and dying. Not much time is left, if they ignore these animals and their families, the animals will die in a couple of days. If they cared about the people, they would care about the animals, and the animals themselves deserve to be saved.
Contact details of which politicians and agencies to call (Humane Society and PETA)
https://community.hsus.org/campaign/katrina_governmentresponse ( www.hsus.org )
Keep calling all of your politicians and the media to let them know you are not happy that animals are dying because their government has not provided what animal welfare rescuers asked for. Demand help for the animals.