Please help our furry, feathered and slithery friends facing
illness, injury and separation in the wake of natural disasters --
it's an ongoing need.
When Hurricanes Katrina and
Rita devastated infrastructure in the Gulf,
pet care organizations raced to help, but resources are continually
being stretched, around the globe as disaster after disaster
strikes. Anytime you can contribute you will be providing much
This week, the 7.0
earthquake in Haiti has caused enormous human suffering and death.
But as always, pets and other animals are also victims. The American
Humane Society, The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and
World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) have been sending help. Please donate to help them
More animal rescue
organizations are mobilizing almost daily. Scroll down to find new
*************** BREAKING NEWS ***************
IFAW and WSPA to lead Animal Relief Coalition for
IFAW is mounting an emergency animal relief
mission in response to the devastating earthquake in
Many people have perished and been seriously
injured, and homes and buildings around the capital
have been decimated.
Many animals are also suffering, so IFAW is
partnering with WSPA (World Society for the
Protection of Animals) to mount a coordinated animal
Once the human relief efforts have taken hold and
security is in place - and depending on the needs we
find on the ground - our team will deploy to begin
treating critically injured animals...vaccinating
them against deadly diseases like rabies and
leptospirosis...and distributing food, water, and
basic medical care.
Please donate now to help. Your
donation will be used immediately and where it is
needed most to help animals in Haiti and in crisis
around the world.
Then forward this message to all your
friends and contacts. With your help, we
will be able to bring lifesaving care and comfort to
so many suffering animals.
American Humane Association
Help on the Way for Haiti’s
The world continues to feel the
tragic impact from Tuesday’s
earthquake in Haiti, which
caused a horrific loss of life
and widespread devastation.
If you’ve asked yourself what
you can do as an animal
advocate, please consider a
donation to our Red Star Animal
Emergency Services™ team.
Animal emergency responders do
not yet have access to Haiti, as
the priority understandably
remains on meeting basic human
needs. However, livestock vital
to Haiti’s recovery, as well as
homeless and hurting pets, are
in dire need of assistance.
Urgent planning is
currently under way to help.
In response, American Humane has
joined the Animal Relief
Coalition for Haiti (ARCH), a
group of professional animal
welfare organizations working
together to achieve the best
possible outcome for animals in
the region. The coalition is led
by the World Society for the
Protection of Animals and the
International Fund for Animal
Currently, our team members are
not on the ground in Haiti, due
to restricted access in the
country, but we are providing
significant funding support to
the coalition. The coalition’s
plans include saving the goats,
chickens and cattle crucial to
people’s health and livelihoods,
providing food and clean water,
and vaccinating companion
animals against rabies.
Please give today to help us
support this crucial effort and
other future disasters!
Stay up-to-date on our Red
Star team’s role in ARCH
Dear Members and Friends,
Best Friends is now a part of ARCH (Animal
Relief Coalition for Haiti), and we are
working with other groups to do
everything possible to get the animals
of Haiti the help they need. Our thoughts
and prayers are with all of those who are
suffering in the wake of this devastation.
In the meantime, our work here at home goes
on as well. And there’s plenty of good news
to share on the Best Friends website this
In Southern California we have recurring natural disasters -- fires,
floods and earthquakes displace wildlife and threaten not only
residences but all beings living in the areas. Whenever these
strike, please dig into your pocket and give what you can to help
organizations listed here send their teams in to help care for
frightened and injured animals.
Humane Society of the U.S. and NewLeash.org are all on the scene in
California helping care for stranded and evacuated animals. Money is
needed, and in some places, hands-on help.
Click here to
see what you can do.
Donate to the SPCA-LA
Read about what the HSUS is doing and how to
donate to help them by clicking below:
For pictures of
animals the HSUS has been rescuing:
suffering from the effects of the fires, counseling is available in Southern California area.
The National Council of Jewish Women-LA has specially trained volunteers to help.
Free Counseling Talkline at 877-655-3807. To volunteer for training
or to help with one of their community service programs, call
Dear Folks ---
UPDATE ON KATRINA-RITA PETS, OCT. 2007:
It's far from over in the Gulf.
We all know horrible human tragedies are dragging on in Louisiana, my old stomping ground, and also in Alabama and Mississippi,
places everybody in the country treasures. But there are also
terrible repercussions for animals from these fierce storms, and their
rescuers, too, continue to need our help
While the news reported originally that Rita
wasn't so bad, it punched through newly bolstered shelter roofs, and
separated many more pets from their humans, among
other things. And we are now in the midst of a new storm season.
With your help,
progress has been made! But the ongoing threats to pets and
wildlife from an uneasy Mother Nature persist.
Donations are the most urgent need, most organizations report.
We're urging people to help those that are caring for
stranded pets, often left because owners were not allowed to bring
them on buses or into shelters.
Donations to all in our pages are tax deductible, and so very needed.
Find out more.
URGENT UPDATE NOV. 3, 2006 STILL URGENT OCT. 2007 -- Urgent plea for funding for spay-neuter of
Katrina pets in Gulfport, Humane Society of South Louisiana.
How you can help.
Become a Foster Parent to a Displaced Furry Loveball
Foster parenting is a huge
need. The shelters were overwhelmed before Katrina, and
needs are much more urgent now. For information on
what's involved, and a place you can sign up, click the rescued
purring kitten above.
OCT. 2005 UPDATE: PERMANENT HOMES
ALSO NEEDED FOR DISPLACED GULF PETS. Wonderful adoption events in
L.A. and N.Y. yesterday helped secure homes for the most amazing,
loving and funny dogs and cats. As more of these heroes of the
storms find homes, the rescue organizations have room to bring
more pets up from the Gulf and make room for more of those
stranded and needing shelter in the south.
OCT. 2007: YOU CAN STILL
HELP BY ADOPTING.
Find places where
hands-on help is needed
URGENT UPDATE NOV. 11 2005 AND CONTINUING OCT. 2007: Despite earlier cries there are enough people
down here, don't come, help is urgently needed in the Gulf.
Stranded pets are all over towns, still, and untrained helpers and
trained vets, vet techs are needed desperately.
Find out more
about what is needed today.
Information on what is needed
in terms of help, and supplies,
and what you can do.
HELP US GET THE WORD
Join Pawprints for Katrina-Rita as we help animal rescue groups
care for stricken pets in the wake of these heart-wrenching
We are looking for volunteers who can help us with fund raising, field
calls and emails and coordinate work with with local organizations
here and in Mississippi and Louisiana. Check opportunities through
the Volunteer Match button above.
WEHO OCT. 2
HELPED US HELP, AND OUR RECENT JAZZ BENEFIT RAISED A BIT FOR HSSM.
THANKS ALL WHO ATTENDED AND DONATED!
To find out more, click the
ON HOW TO INCLUDE YOUR PETS
IN DISASTER PLANNING
if a disaster strikes your area? We urge you to be sure to include
your pets in your planning.
HOW TO PROVIDE FOR
YOUR PETS IN THE EVENT YOU BECOME INCAPACITATED, OR YOUR PET
Provide for Your Pet
send the information on this page to a friend, just copy and paste the short message and link
below into an email message:
The human tragedy unfolding from Hurricanes Katrina
and Rita are stunning, as we all
know, but our furry and feathered friends really need our help, too. To
find places you can make a difference click here or copy and paste link in
your browser window:
Our wonderful pooch donate now button courtesy of Ted Blaisdell.
Many, many thanks!
A big thank you also to Mr. B. J. McMorrow, General Partner of Brentwood
Square, for donating free parking for us.
Nip, nip hoorah for these guys and all who help the pets and other
critters in the Gulf!
IN NON-KATRINA URGENT NEWS, APRIL 1,
NO FOOLING: From Michael
Mountain, Best Friends Society: Dear Members and Friends, The Great
Bunny Rescue of 2006 is now a race against time. LAST WEEK, WE EVACUATED
1,000 RABBITS from a backyard in Reno, Nevada, where they’ve been living
in desperate circumstances, and where babies are still being born at the
rate of 50 every day. (Most of the new litters are born underground in
warrens that the rabbits have dug. So we have to wait for them to surface
before we can rescue them.)
We’ve leased a 65-acre ranch nearby, which will serve as the Best Friends
Rabbit Rescue Center for the next few months. We’ve set up a surgical
facility, with the essential medical supplies, to provide triage care and
to handle spaying and neutering, which is now going into high gear. And
once the bunnies are stable, we’ll be embarking on the biggest rabbit
adoption program anywhere ever. Over the weekend, the story appeared in
newspapers all over the country.
AND NOW YOUR HELP IS URGENTLY NEEDED. AS A VOLUNTEER: If you live nearby,
or are able to travel to Reno, we need veterinarians, vet techs,
caregivers, fence-builders, equipment handlers, cooks, assistants, and
others to continue moving this effort forward. DONORS AND ADOPTERS ALSO
URGENTLY NEEDED. Please go to http://network.bestfriends.org and click on
the "Donate," “Volunteer” or "Adopt" button or call us at 435-644-3965
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