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NEWS: San Francisco Bay Area takes in canine survivors

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posted on Sep, 14 2005 @ 02:10 PM
More than 150 dogs arrived today at San Francisco International Airport, refugee's of the Hurricane Katrina disaster. Many more are expected to arrive later on in the week. The dogs were flown in from a shelter in Gonzales, Louisiana. The Marin Humane Society is attempting to place all of the animals (including cats) in foster homes.
More than 150 dogs displaced by Hurricane Katrina landed Wednesday night at San Francisco International Airport, while hundreds more are expected this week.

The well-publicized arrival of animal survivors has brought an outpouring of calls from volunteers who want to care for them, help with laundry or make a donation on their behalf. Many of the rescued animals have been injured and will require some long-term health care.

"The community has been really great in responding,'' said Diane Allevato, executive director of the Marin Humane Society.

The Marin Humane Society is coordinating the Bay Area's effort to find foster families for dogs and cats displaced by Katrina or abandoned by their owners. The first 50 arrived at SFO on Sunday, and an additional 152 were flown in Tuesday after being held in a makeshift shelter in Gonzales, La.

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We may take a look and see about adopting a dog or cat. While it pales in comparison to the human tragedy, it is good to see that the animals are being taken care of instead of summarily shot or euthanized. While as a family we have donated money and gear to various relief organizations, even if we do not adopt a pet, we will also try to do what we can for the organizations taking in these pets.

posted on Sep, 14 2005 @ 02:36 PM
This is a great story.

It's great news for the poor animals of course, but to balance that comment, animals have a very beneficial" target="_blank" class="postlink" rel="nofollow">effect on the people they live with too, especially people with long term illnesses, or who are elderly.

Good luck if you do adopt - there are plenty of other ways that animal welfare charities need help too - even with simple stuff, like walking, or just playing the animals in their care to build up their confidence again.


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