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A-Possum Donating Member (172 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-16-05 03:58 PM
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Humane Society begs for callers to the President, Gov, for help
On Wednesday, one of our Disaster Animal Response Teams in New Orleans rescued a St. Bernard from a rooftop a dog they described as the most emaciated animal they had ever seen in all their years of handling animals. The veterinarian who treated the dog was shocked that the animal, who weighed just 40 pounds, was still alive.

Who helped us rescue this animal? It was several National Guardsmen, who heeded our rescuers pleas to take them through the water on a tank so they could get up on the roof to save the dog.

But the troops actions were not ordered by the National Guard nor by the White House, the Defense Department, the Department of Homeland Security, or the state of Louisiana. In fact, despite our repeated requests, none of these entities has formally agreed to marshal their ground forces to help rescue the pets and other animals slowly starving to death in the affected areas.

At a press conference just a few hours ago, I implored the federal government to come up with the nation's first animal rescue plan. Now, I am writing to ask you to give them the same message: Please call or email President Bush and other officials today and urge them to help us before its too late.

Time is running out for these animals. Every hour that passes means more pets, locked behind closed doors in the disaster zone, will die of starvation. Our teams are working as hard as they can to reach as many pets as they can - and as we reported to you on Wednesday, weve rescued thousands. But there are thousands more.

At this 11th hour, when so many lives are at stake, we are asking you to help. I urge you to contact these government officials today and ask them to help rescue animals before it is too late. Please click here to call or send an email to President Bush and other federal and state officials who have the power to order National Guardsmen and other responders to assist with food drops, help supply our own operations, and do whatever else it takes to save animals.

One of our rescuers said it best: We should not have to rely on the compassionate instincts of individual Guardsmen to rescue these animals. We need the full commitment of the government.

Members of Congress have also been calling on President Bush and the federal agencies to actively assist with direct animal rescue. With most of the human victims of the catastrophe removed from the city, its not too late to save animals lives. Its time for the government to recognize the incredible bond between people and their pets, and step in to help.

Thank you so much for your support of our disaster teams, and for all you do for animals.

Sincerely,

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

P.S. Do you have a question about our disaster response for animals? Then please read our frequently asked questions. If you dont find your answer there, then call us at 1-800-HUMANE-1 between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. Eastern time, or reply to this email (disaster@hsus.org ) with the topic of your question identified in the subject line. Thank you!


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Zuni Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-16-05 03:59 PM
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1. I just donated to the HSUS
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iconoclastic cat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-16-05 04:01 PM
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2. The bastards will do the same to the pets as they do for our environment.
They will let death have its way. They don't care.

Something needs to be done. This disaster is only the beginning of the horrors.

I'm reposting your thread here:
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

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Pirate Smile Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-16-05 04:04 PM
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3. I did a quick search for phone #'s
Mailing Address

The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500


Phone Numbers

Comments: 202-456-1111
Switchboard: 202-456-1414
FAX: 202-456-2461

Office of the Governor - Blanco
Attn: Constituent Services
P.O. Box 94004
Baton Rouge, LA. 70804-9004

Telephone Numbers: 1-866.310.7617

(225) 342-0991, (225) 342-7015 or (225) 925-1938
Facsimile: (225) 342-7099




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ClintonTyree Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-16-05 04:18 PM
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4. I filled out a Zogby poll yesterday that touched on this.....
should the Federal Government aid in rescuing pets. YES! If people were allowed to TAKE their pets in the first place, many more would have evacuated. You can pay up from or you can pay after the fact. Paying up front always saves you money.
These are NOT just "dumb animals". I love my dog more than I like most people and would NEVER abandon him. If he can't go, I don't go, simple as that.
A LOT of things have to change because of this tragedy, and this is one of them.
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CrispyQ Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-16-05 04:24 PM
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5. The lack of compassion shown for our 4-footed friends during this
Edited on Fri Sep-16-05 04:26 PM by CrispyQGirl
disaster has been abominable! Compassionate conservative, indeed.

Thank you for this important post. I will take action.


kicked & nominated


on edit: Welcome to DU, A-possum! :hi:
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shireen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-16-05 04:33 PM
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6. Link to animal help resources
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shireen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-16-05 04:35 PM
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7. i'm really confused
I thought the government was already helping. Sigh! This is so depressing....

There was supposed to be a press release out of FEMA to announce it, but for some reason it never materialized. (from nola.com animal forum)

THIS MUST NEVER HAPPEN AGAIN! Please sign this petition:
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/750226838?ltl...
"Pet Safe is a Red Cross program in Nassau County, NY that is a cooperative effort of local groups and government working together to assist people and their pets during times of disasters. We're asking the American Red Cross to adopt it as a national program."
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MasonJar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-16-05 04:40 PM
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8. I just called the WH number and didn't have to wait 2 minutes.
Call them; let's get these animals help. I called the La. number earlier. Call! Keep this alive. A 40 lb. St Bernard. I could cry.
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