Animal Rescue Following Hurricane Katrina
All photos and text are © 2005 by Alex Chernavsky
Background: Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans on Aug. 29th, 2005. Within days, animal-lovers from around the country began gathering to launch a massive
effort to rescue animals that were left behind. Many regional organizations sent volunteers, including ten of us from the Humane Society
of Rochester and Monroe County, also called the Humane Society at Lollypop Farm.
The animal-rescue operation was based at an emergency shelter set up at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center, a large fairgrounds about an
hour's drive north of New Orleans. Every
morning, search-and-rescue teams would go to New Orleans to rescue dogs, cats, and other animals – and then
bring them to the temporary shelter. We would also leave food and water for those animals we couldn't catch. Approximately 10,000
animals were saved altogether.
full-size images are available here.
If you truly want to help
animals, then the best thing you can do is to become a vegan. Don't eat animals, don't wear them, and don't use them for entertainment. The most disturbing thing I saw in New Orleans was rescuers eating cheeseburgers after a hard day of saving other animals. (See also the animal-rights philosophy of
Gary Francione.) Comments? Contact me at
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