***UPDATE*** READ THROUGH TO BOTTOM, PLEASE...
As Gustav slowly fades from the news, with periodic updates on how bad it wasn't (really now, how can a hurricane of ANY size NOT be bad??), along with weather updates on Hannah and Ike, I can't help but think about the many pets either left behind or missing, during these disaster emergencies.
That's the bad news, of course. But, there is good news. Rescue is available and places for your pets to be safe, are available. Let's talk about some.
First, in my local paper a few days ago, this article appeared: "Animal rescue teams ready to step in: Storm-battered, sleep-deprived animal care and rescue teams wer counting the minutes Monday until they would be allowed to go in Gustav-damaged areas and tend to abandoned animals that survived." The article talks about Best Friends Animal Society, a site worth a visit.
One of my favorite animal sites is Noah's Wish. I wrote about them on my other blog during Katrina (back in my "Jane" days), and they've grown so much, I have to share them again. Naturally, they are part of the rescue effort in Louisiana.
IFAW, the International Fund for Animal Welfare is on site in Louisiana, also. The site is focused on all animals, in all emergency situations, including global warming. Check out their Animal Rescue blog...
Naturally, the Humane Society of the United States is on top of the hurricane disasters...past, present, and future. There is a heartbreaking story on the page linked here - and I hope the ending is a positive one. I could not imagine having to leave Wabby and Carmel behind, in any emergency. But, sometimes, Mother Nature makes the unthinkable necessary.
Do you have stories to share? Pictures to share? I'd love to post them.
In the meantime, any help we can give these rescue organizations, is help well worth it. For the Love of Wabby and Carmel, and all the cats and dogs (and other pets) who look to us for their care.
***via Twitter: Today is the last day to enter The Cheezits: Colby & Cheddar Pet Rescue Raffle! Hop over and donate...And visit the National Association of Pet Rescue Professionals...a site I very badly forgot to mention when I wrote this post this morning. Frank Reveal: yes, I donated. How could I not?