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Robbien Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-19-10 11:35 PM
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Gulf coast dogs need rescue once again due to BP oil spill
Source: Examiner

Location, location, location. If you're a dog living in the Gulf Coast area, you may once again be fighting for your life after Hurricane Katrina and now the BP oil spill. Although we're not seeing dogs covered in oil like the sea life and birds, they are nonetheless suffering a real threat to their lives and well-being due to the economic effects of the spill.

Five years ago Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf and left an estimated 600,000 pets dead or homeless as 80% of New Orleans flooded. Thousands of animals were rescued and shipped out to shelters across the country like our local Tri County Humane Society, which accepted 150 dogs and cats. The Boca Raton shelter was bulging at the seams but Director Jeannette Christos says, "We just could not turn away the animals and all eventually found new homes here in south Florida".

Now, the St. Bernard Parish animal shelter that had barely recovered from Katrina is taking in pets in record numbers due to the 'trickle down' theory of disaster economics. What has become America's worst environmental disaster ever is shutting down tens of thousands of jobs in the region.

The animals' families can no longer afford to care for them and relinquishment numbers are quadrupled at some shelters. Many of the pets are large dogs that were brought in to protect their owners after Katrina as they put their lives back together, and larger dogs statistically face tougher odds of adoption in shelters.

The Humane Society of the United States has donated over 12 tons of food to be distributed to the parish to help families feed their pets in hopes they will be able to keep them.

Read more: http://www.examiner.com/x-40355-West-Palm-Beach-Dog-Res...




The bad news just keeps coming.

Links at article for those who want to help.
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Arugula Latte Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-20-10 12:18 AM
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1. Kitties, too.
:(

Kickin' for the kitties. :kick:
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intheflow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-20-10 02:20 AM
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2. The Humane Society of South Mississippi stopped taking animals on a week ago Friday..
They had 150 animals in a facility meant for 100. I assume for the same reason: tourism and fishing jobs gone = a dog is just another mouth to feed. :(
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and-justice-for-all Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-20-10 10:23 AM
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10. I do no care what situation I am in...
I will NEVER EVER leave my furry kids behind nor will I give them up...I will find a way to feed them and seeing that dry cat food is not that expensive and it feeds my kids for a month, they will be fed and taken care of. I will NEVER let them go.
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intheflow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-20-10 01:38 PM
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13. I know!
I'd live in my car before I could give up my beloved dog.
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and-justice-for-all Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-20-10 06:09 PM
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15. yup, ride a damn bicycle or public transit..nt
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Critters2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-20-10 06:28 PM
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16. +1. nt
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wordpix Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-21-10 02:20 PM
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19. total agreement, my animals are my family
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Ex Lurker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-20-10 04:10 AM
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3. this may be an unpopular statement, but
I wonder how many of these people are actually in such dire straits that they HAD to give up their dog, and how many opted to send Rover to the pound instead of cancelling their cable subscription, cutting back on fast food, etc. In other words, eliminating the expense of a pet is one of their first resorts, not the last.

Sorry, but I'm a cynic when it comes to these stories. I've seen too many animals thrown away for trivial reasons or no reason at all. People casually bring a living being into their homes, and just as casually discard it.

There are surely people who've made a heartbreaking decision and had no alternative. I would bet they are in the minority. Like I said, I'm a cynic about this.

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Fruittree Donating Member (488 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-20-10 04:25 AM
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4. Same thought also crossed my mind...
Except for vet bills, a dog isn't that expensive to keep and I wonder if anyone at the spca has thought of just donating food to people so that pet's can stay in their own homes. It's better for the pets and cheaper than housing them..
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Robbien Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-20-10 09:53 AM
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8. Did you even read the article?
Even the excerpt posted stated very clearly The Humane Society of the United States has donated over 12 tons of food to be distributed to the parish to help families feed their pets in hopes they will be able to keep them.

No, instead your first thought is to blame the victim and think that they are bad evil lazy people who would rather keep their cable instead of a beloved pet.




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theHandpuppet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-20-10 05:45 AM
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5. You aren't alone.
i've wondered the same thing.
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a la izquierda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-20-10 08:11 AM
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7. My vet, who is also a good family friend said this once:
"I just had a couple come in and ask me to put down a perfectly healthy dog."
Me: "What the hell for?"
Vet: "They wanted a new dog."
I'm not even remotely joking.
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and-justice-for-all Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-20-10 10:24 AM
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11. That is utterly disgusting!!! Apparently no consense or heart. nt
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MountainLaurel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-20-10 09:58 AM
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9. Definitely a bit of truth there
I've found that a lot of folks here have a completely different relationship to animals down here. I've seen animal dumping my whole life (my gram's 3 cat all came to her that way), but I've never seen people just move and leave a dog with a giant bowl of food and water under the porch and that's it. Hell, I was at a party last night and met someone who rescued an abandoned cat in her neighborhood, who it turned out had been spayed and DECLAWED. Who the fuck abandons a declawed cat? Another friend has a neighbor who just leaves her outdoor cat for days at a time, usually with no food or water, because she doesn't believe on spending money on pets.
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Dappleganger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-20-10 02:09 PM
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14. Our Maine coon kitty was an animal 'dump'...
a friend of ours with a farm has several outbuildings closer to the road, and people quite regularly dump their cats and kittens there thinking that they'll be taken care of. Pickles the Cat was dumped along with his sister (who went to someone else). He's the best kitty you could ever meet!
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demigoddess Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-21-10 12:51 PM
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18. I got a maine coon from the shelter years ago, sweetest cat
ever! he has passed on and i miss him so much!! All our cats were give aways and they were such lovely cats we miss so much since their deaths.
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and-justice-for-all Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-20-10 10:27 AM
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12. I would have my cable and other uneseccary expenses
turned off before I would give up my furry kids.
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Uben Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-20-10 08:08 AM
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6. You don't know JAck!
I do, I got him from a shelter, post Katrina.... a scrawny looking black Lab with heartworms. His heartworm treatment was over $500 and took six months to cure. Without it, he would have died an early death. Now, he is one of the healthiest dogs you will see!
I wouldn't take any amount of money for him, and everyone who meets him, wants him.
Jack loves to go fishing with me in the boat. In fact, he loves everything outdoors. He has a very large fenced yard at a lake where he can swim everyday, and he does love him some of dat swimming!
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xxqqqzme Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-20-10 09:12 PM
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17. That is one lucky dog.
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Uben Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-21-10 02:47 PM
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20. I'm the lucky one....
I've had dogs all my life. Most of them were very good dogs, but I had a couple of scrappers. This dog is the best I've had to share time with. It's like he asks permission to do almost anything....and I know what he wants! Fortunately, I am retired and have settled into a life of routine, which seems to suit ole Jack just fine. He waits for the paper to be thrown every day, asks to go get it, retrieves it, hands it to me, and awaits his treat, which is a home-made dog biscuit my wife keeps him supplied with.
So, I guess he's pretty lucky, but I feel lucky to have chosen him that day at the shelter. I looked at several dogs, but Jack won out hands down. Something just clicked.
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