Oil spill hardships forcing people to have to give-up their pets.

I don't know how many GHS.com members are in the South Louisiana parishes most effected by the BP oil spill but I wish if there are some represented here they would share their personal stories.

My passion is animal welfare and I want to share this information. I know we can't all adopt a pet but many of us can donate money to help. These situations are critical - beloved family pets are in desperate need of new homes, most are young and healthy, many are purebred...they are all innocent, defenseless victims in need of attention.


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Rosebud, I just elevatored down to the work postbox and mailed them a donation. I had not thought about a situation where the owners would have to give up a pet, but it makes sense. Priorities, family, actual food due to families impacted economically.

Thanks for the posting. It is appropriately posted and I hope others will heed your call to help.

BTW: I'd starve myself before giving up my animals. But certainly understand others have to make hard choices.
I agree totally with you SHM. My pets are family, and I would starve before I gave them up.

Rosebud thanks for the link. I will send a donation.
I must admit, that lil bratwurst in the front is currently on a diet. She was looking so plump I had...to...resist...throwing her on a hotdog bun and dripping some catsup, relish, chili and onions all over her.
What about the other little shrimp? lol
The other one is a jumping bean. Never tires of jumping, running in circles and attempting to flee home. I have chased him more than once using language that GHS doesn't permit.

That is one reason he is a "harness boy"; so he can't slip a collar. Also, more than once, I had the thought to just not chase after him anymore. But the visual of Chi-Weenie street pizza kept me moving forward.

He was a rescue-shelter dog; having lived on the run previous to being saved. So I guess freedom to roam is in his DNA.

Why exactly any dog that has the leisure life that mine have would want to bolt is beyond me.
hmmm, You might want to check with Dorcheated about a "stink bait" recipe, that could have that rascal rethink that roaming instinct. Or not. Sometimes DC's recipe doesn't work well. lol

Mine have bolted, but I learned & rewarded them from the time they were little that there's some extra-special treat for them if/when they return to me. Now, I just sit on the bench and call for them ... sweetly, of course. 80)
Got one that look's like a Tick. Hard for me to say no .lol
A tick, you say??? Whoo, boy! Let your wife deal with it, I say. ha, ha, ha 80)
Here also is a link to the LA State Animal Response Team (LSART). This is the organization of state veterinarians that works to help animals during crises.


Their website has a link to the AMVA's site, where a pet owners' guide for disaster preparedness can be found.


Perhaps here locally, or where ever in the world we all are (even if it's in furrin' enemy territory over the border as an "immigrant", lol), we can check with our own veterinarians to see if there is any way to help them if they are involved in these efforts.

If you DON'T consider this source ( in other words, just look at the list of links to resources), this article has an impressive list at the bottom of orgs and such where anyone who feels the need can do their part. There's even a link to volunteer with Audubon.


Here are examples for a few listed ...

If you'd like to volunteer for the Audubon Society, you can fill out this volunteer form.
• Donate to the National Wildlife Federation here.
• Donate Alabama Coastal Foundation here.
• Donate to Save our sea birds here.

Here's the link to the Greater NO Foundation.


Someone sent me this via Email today:

Until you have held a tiny puppy in your arms as it kissed your face with slobbery puppy breath and felt the love,

Until you have held an injured or severely ill dog in your arms and felt their pain,

Until you have looked into the eyes of a tired aging senior dog and felt their wisdom,
And until you have seen and understood the look in your dogs eyes that tells you their time on earth with you is over .... and you humanely let them go,

...until you experience these things, it is difficult to understand the life of a rescuer.

We find beauty in the most incomprehensible places and the otherwise homely faces.

It is our gift to see beyond the dirt, terror, sadness and defeat and find the true soul that lies within.

...we are rescue.

There's an old saying that you can tell a lot about a man by the way he treats his dog. I know giving-up a beloved companion pet for any reason is a tough situation to face but sometimes it's the animal's only chance.

Others at GHS.com may have volunteered at the animal shelter set-up at LSU-S following Hurricane Katrina and, like me, have seen what a desperate situation that is to manage. Every effort is appreciated, every prayer and word of encouragement means so much. What we're looking at following the BP oilspill won't be as massive as post-Katrina but it's still a serious problem that gets very little attention.


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