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Help For Families Who Are Looking For Their Katrina Pets

Most animals in New Orleans died because Governor of LA Kathleen Blanco, FEMA and Mayor of New Orleans Nagin refused to let people affected by hurricane katrina to stay with their pets or to return to New Orleans to rescue their loved family pet members. At least 40,000 companion animals were murdered because of the government left them to starve to death or suffer injuries. Some pets who survived have been lost in the system because the HSUS have been so incompetent. You can email  lostinsystempets@yahoo.com or  nance898@aol.com if you are sick of your recorded message on 1-800-humane-1 and even sicker of your "canned" statement letter. Read this on Craigslist about the HSUS, if you have problems with HSUS or finding a pet you think has been rescued email  http://neworleans.craigslist.org/pet/114105353.html Around 10,000 companion animals survived despite the cruelty that the state of Louisiana and Kathleen Blanco inflicted upon them. Please let katrina survivors with missing pets know that they can look for them on Petfinder and Petharbor.
LA shelter dog  was adopted: US murders 6million healthy loveable companion pets
LA shelter dog was adopted: US murders 6million healthy loveable companion pets
NOLA New Orleans and Louisiana LA and Mississippi MS


If you lost your pet or pets during Hurricane Katrina or Rita, please go to these web addresses where you can click on searches that will automatically search for Katrina Cats and Dogs if they have been listed correctly under their descriptions. You can search by breed and by color.

* To search for
CATS found after katrina and rita, please go to  http://forums.petfinder-network.com/viewtopic.php?t=84826
Cats are listed by breed. Cats are also listed by color where you can search for domestic, tabby, or all cats.
The most common cats that most people have are domestic cats, or tabby cats.

* To search for
DOGS found after katrina and rita, please go to  http://forums.petfinder-network.com/viewtopic.php?t=85902
Dogs are listed by breed. Every dog breed for found dogs on Petfinder should soon be here. You can search for Pit Bull dogs, and Chow Chow dogs by color.

* Please try to do your own searches using these lists.
* If you need help with using a computer, Please ask someone at a public library, school, office, church or Red Cross to help you. It is difficult for someone who does not know your pet to look for them. It takes someone who does not know your pet hours to check and they would have to compare markings. It is better for you to look through the photographs yourself (even if you get help using the computer) because you are more likely to recognize your own pet.
* If you have a photograph of your pet, please email a scanned photograph file to me, with the Petfinder missing pet report PF number on
 link to disaster.petfinder.org
* You may already have reported your pet as missing, if you have not, you can report a missing pet to 1-800-HUMANE-1 (contact me if you have difficulty)
* You can scan photographs at the library. If you want to scan photographs and put photographs on the internet, you can register on Photobucket for free with just an email address. You can save photograph files to  http://www.photobucket.com and you can refer people to your saved web address.
* You can get an email address at  http://www.yahoo.com

* You can also search for found katrina pets here  link to disaster.petfinder.org
* How to search on Petfinder  link to www.petfinder.com
* Katrina animal rescue information  http://disaster.petfinder.org/emergency/

* Katrina pets are also listed on  http://www.petharbor.com
Sometimes it is better to search by breed only on Petharbor, because colors are not always described on Petharbor records

Address information on Petfinder and Petharbor is often incorrect, so please go by the description of your pet. Sometimes the gender is not listed, or listed incorrectly, so you may want to search without gender. The colors in photographs can look very different, or someone in an office may describe your pet from its record but may never have seen your pet. Animals may have been altered or microchipped after katrina., and shelters have sometimes given them names that are not their real name. Pets can look different if their weight has changed or they have been groomed. Look through photographs, and if you see an animal matching the description of yours that does not have a photo on that record, please email the record through the Petfinder email message system. If you tihink a pet is yours, you should also call the phone number on the record.

ANIMAL SHELTERS in different states in the USA that are fostering Katrina, Rita and Wilma pets
 link to www.aspca.org
it includes phone numbers and email addresses

* Louisiana SPCA  http://www.la-spca.org/
* Alley Cat Allies (a no kill charity in the United States that rescues and finds homes for some of America's many homeless cats
and Alley Cat Allies is also trying to protect the rights of feral cats to live)
* ASPCA  http://www.aspca.org/site/PageServer?pagename=hurricane_home
* Best Friends Animal Society (the largest no kill animal charity in the United States)  http://www.bestfriends.org
 link to news.bestfriends.org
You can also see on Best Friends web site how they have been able to humanely decrease the number of homeless pets and how they are trying to prevent 6 million healthy homeless pets being euthanized in America every year. These pets would be adopted if people spay and neuter. For every person born there are 45 cats and 15 dogs, which is why humane control of the pet population is so important. Please only adopt from shelters and rescue groups, these pets are as nice as pets bought from breeders and pet shops. Do not buy from breeders or pet shops because they are encouraging overpopulation. There are lots of beautiful mutts and pedigrees (a third of shelter pets are pedigree) that need adopting.
* Humane Society (HSUS)  http://www.hsus.org/hsus_field/hsus_disaster_center/
* Petfinder disaster assistance  http://www.petfinder.com/disaster/