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Humane Society’s Pet Update: Three Years After Katrina

The HSUS - Three Years After Katrina

We’re Working Hard to Help Animals and We Need Your Help

Our disaster relief work since Katrina

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August 29, 2008

The devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina three years ago today was a heartbreaking reminder of what can happen to animals — and their families — when disasters strike.

With the generosity of supporters like you and in partnership with a host of other organizations and selfless volunteers, our dedicated emergency teams were able to save thousands of animals who were stranded by the storm. Our relief work in the Gulf Coast region continues today.

For us, those trying times were a turning point, and we now have built the leading animal disaster response team in the post-Katrina era.

I invite you to watch a special slideshow highlighting our crisis relief work during and since Katrina. Then support our efforts to help animals in need by making a monthly contribution to our Disaster Relief Fund.

One of the most significant steps the country took following Katrina was the passage of legislation to help prevent animals from being left behind during disasters. Through the work of The HSUS and more than 324,000 individuals who took action, the Pets Evacuation and Transportation Standards (PETS) Act was signed into law Oct. 6, 2006.

In our disaster response work since Katrina, The HSUS has focused its attention and energy on an unending array of tragedies — both natural and human-caused — around the country and throughout the world.

As you may know, just days ago we led the effort to rescue nearly 1,000 dogs from a puppy mill nightmare in West Virginia. Finally, these innocent animals are free of their cages and on their way to the loving homes they so deserve.

And today, we’re keeping a close eye on Gustav as it moves toward the Gulf Coast. Our entire animal rescue team has been put on standby to deploy at a moment’s notice, but only because your support keeps them operating.

Our work doesn’t stop there. We’ve rescued animals not only from the erratic paths of hurricanes and the horror of puppy mills, but also from unbearable hoarding conditions, vicious animal fighting operations, overwhelming floods, out-of-control wildfires, deadly volcanoes, and other perilous situations.

We’ve made tremendous strides since Katrina, but only with your support can we sustain our efforts to respond to disasters and emergencies.

Watch our slideshow. Then please support our rescue efforts.

I am grateful for all you do for animals.


Wayne Pacelle
President & CEO
The Humane Society of the United States

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