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Animal Defenders of Westchester
P.O. Box 205
Yonkers, NY 10704

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HELP THE ANIMAL VICTIMS OF KATRINA

THE FOLLOWING ALERT CONTAINS EMAIL ADDRESSES AND PHONE NUMBERS OF ELECTED OFFICIALS INVOLVED IN THE AFTERMATH OF HURRICANE KATRINA, WHICH HAS BEEN A DISASTER FOR ANIMALS WHO HAVE BEEN ABANDONED TO SUFFER AND DIE ALONE.  THERE IS ALSO AN ONLINE PETITION ON THIS SUBJECT, AND FIRST-HAND ACCOUNTS.  PLEASE TAKE ACTION TO HELP THOSE WHO CANNOT HELP THEMSELVES:

SOURCE OF INFORMATION
Best Friends Animal Society
http://www.besttfriends.org 

Starving and stranded, the pets left behind in New Orleans http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2005/09/06/wkat206.xml&sSheet=/news/2005/09/06/ixnewstop.html 

Story Of Evacuated Boy Who Lost Dog Grips Nation
http://cbs5.com/pets/local_story_249094947.html 

"I'm not leaving," Woodsum said. "I won't leave my two cats..."
http://www.2theadvocate.com/stories/090705/new_evac001.shtml   

HelpingAnimals.com
http://cl.exct.net/?ffcc17-fe621771746501757011-fe251d787561037a771573-ff3516717066 

PETITION

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/840979272?ltl=1126071044 

A Petition to Protect the Animal Victims of Hurricane Katrina

Target: C. Ray Nagin, Mayor, City of New Orleans

Sponsor: Margaret Barry

UPDATE

As of 9/7/05, there was minimal organized rescue in Mississippi towns such Gulfport, Ocean City, Waveland, Bay St. Louis and others.

Many of you read the online plea from a Phoenix, AZ reporter who was surrounded by dogs as he walked the streets. The reporter's question, as posted on craig.list: Where are the rescuers?

In addition, many of you saw the request for help from Joanne Reints, of Daphne, Alabama, a woman who has been crossing into Mississippi to feed starving, injured animals on her own.

Beginning Wednesday morning, Kinship Circle, with Denise Wilson of Texas, contacted Joanne and established a national volunteer network, enlisting nonprofit rescue groups from around the country. While we cannot release detailed information at this time, we can tell you that help and supplies are on the way to Mississippi animals.

In the meantime, please contact the Louisiana officials below to help rescuers gain access to animals. Time is of essence.

**PLEASE NOTE: Due to Kinship Circle’s involvement in this rescue effort, we will temporarily be unable to produce alerts/sample letters for unrelated issues.

Thanks for your understanding.

THIS JUST IN--

From Paul Berry: We had two teams out on boats on Thursday. Troy Snow has written about his crew in an earlier posting. Ours was similar, so I'll keep this brief.

Our team was me and Dr. Debbie Rykoff DVM. Also aboard and helping out was a crew from the Salt Lake Tribune. Leah Hogsten took photos for the Trib and gave these to us. (Thanks, Leah.)

The thing I want to say is simply that there are thousands upon thousands of animals stuck out here, on car roofs, on porches, cats on roofs of houses.

We saw no other animal rescue orgs anywhere. I know they're all doing good work on the peripheries ... but, oh man ... you see and hear these fluff pieces on TV of people being reunited with their pets, and you look around out here on the boats at this vast, endless wasteland of toxic water and animals hanging on, 11 days after the hurricane, and their time is running out...

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CONTACT INFORMATION

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LOUISIANA GOV. OFFICIALS

Take the time to fax. Take the time to fill out web emails. Take the time to call. Animals are sick, contaminated with putrid water. Starving dogs have formed packs, attacking each other and people. Animals have and will be shot.

SAMPLE LETTER FOLLOWS CONTACT INFORMATION!    

The Honorable Ray Nagin, Mayor of New Orleans
City Hall Operator: 504-658-4000
web email:
http://cl.exct.net/?ffcc17-fe631771746501757010-fe251d787561037a771573-ff3516717066 

Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco
Office of the Governor
P.O. Box 94004; Baton Rouge, LA. 70804-9004
ph: 1-866-310-7617, 225-342-0991, 225-342-7015, 225-925-1938
fax: 225-342-7099
web email: http://www.gov.state.la.us/govemail.asp 

Lieutenant Governor Mitch Landrieu
Office of the Lieutenant Governor
Capitol Annex Building, 1051 North Third Street
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70802
ph: 225-342-7009; fax: 225-342-1949
email: ltgov@crt.state.la.us 
web email: http://crt.g2digital.com/contact/ 

Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA)
724 Hart Senate Office Building; Washington DC 20510
ph: 202-224-5824
web email: http://www.landrieu.senate.gov/contact/index.cfm 

Senator David Vitter (R-LA)
516 Hart Senate Office Building; Washington DC 20510
ph: 202-224-4623
web email: http://www.vitter.senate.gov/contact.cfm 

Congressman Charlie Melancon
404 Cannon House Office Bldg; Washington, DC 20515-1807
ph: 202-225-4031, 985-876-3033; fax: 985-872-4449
web email: http://www.melancon.house.gov/emailcharlie.asp 

Congressman Jim McCrery
2104 Rayburn House Office Bldg.; Washington, D.C. 20515
ph: 202-225-2777; fax: 202-225-8039
Shreveport District Office - 318-798-2254
Leesville District Office - 337-238-0778
web email: http://mccrery.house.gov/contact.asp 

Congressman Bobby Jindal
1205 Longworth House Office Building; Washington, DC 20515
ph: 202-225-3015; fax: 202-226-0386
Southshore Office - ph: 504-837-1259; fax: 504-837-4239
St. Tammany/ Washington Parish Office - ph: 985-893-9064; fax: 985-893-9707
Tangipahoa Office - ph: 985-340-2185; fax: 985-340-3047
web email: http://www.house.gov/formjindal/issue.htm 

Congressman William J. Jefferson
2113 Rayburn House Office Building; Washington, D.C.  20515
ph:202-225-6636; fax: 202-225-1988
New Orleans Downtown Office - ph: 504-589-2274; fax: 504-589-4513
Jefferson Parish Westbank Office - ph: 504-368-7019; fax: 504-263-1285

Congressman Charles Boustany, Jr.
1117 Longworth House Office Bldg; Washington, DC 20515-1807
ph: 202-225-2031
Lafayette Office - ph: 337-235-6322
Lake Charles Office - ph: 337-433-1747
web email: http://boustany.house.gov/ContactCharles.asp 

Congressman Richard Baker
341 Cannon House Office Building; Washington DC 20515
ph: 202-225-3901; fax: 202-225-7313
Baton Rouge Office - ph: 225-929-7711; fax: 225-929-7688
web email: http://baker.house.gov/html/contact_form_email.cfm 

Congressman Rodney Alexander
316 Cannon HOB; Washington, D.C. 20515
ph: 202-225-8490; fax: 202-225-5639
Monroe, LA - ph: 318-322-3500; fax: 318-322-3577
Alexandria, LA - ph: 318-445-0818; fax: 318-445-3776

Under Secretary of Homeland Security for Emergency Preparedness and Response
500 C St. S.W.
Washington, DC 20472
ph: 202-646-3900; fax: 202-646-3930
email: FEMAOPA@dhs.gov 

Louisiana Office of Emergency Preparedness
7667 Independence Blvd.
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70806
ph: 225) 925-7500; fax: 225-925-7501

Jeff Smith, Acting Director: 225-925-7557
jsmith@ohsep.louisiana.gov 

Richard DeBlieux: rdeblieux@ohsep.louisiana.gov 

Art Jones: ajones@ohsep.louisiana.gov  

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From: Janice Sclafani- ~TheGrinningDoggy~ mailto:grinningdoggy@optonline.net

Sent: Friday, September 09, 2005 10:36 AM

THEY FAILED THE PEOPLE.

NOW THEY ARE NOW SHOOTING THE DOGS.

THIS WAS CAUGHT ON THE NEWS.

YES, THE NEWS CREWS CAUGHT DOGS BEING SHOT, ON FILM.  

SHOT, JUST FOR TRYING TO SURVIVE.

http://www.dallasnews.com/s/dws/photography/2005/katrina_video/straydogs.html 

Urgent! FEMA says decision imminent for animal rescue POST EVERYWHERE------HELP SAVE ANIMALS AND HUMANS!PLEASE! Right now the pets aren't being rescued by FEMA or the other regular rescue workers, only by pet rescue groups who are restricted by FEMA... they are slowly starving to death!!! I just got off the phone with FEMA in Washington and was told that a decision is upcoming in regards to evacuating pets with the holdouts and whether FEMA orders rescue workers to rescue pets when they can. Please PLEASE provide whatever polite urging that you can with this decision: [Update: apparently FEMA not answering now, call the White House comment line and the media (BE NICE, this is extremely important): White House Comments: 202-456-1111]

Under Secretary of Homeland Security for Emergency Preparedness and Response 202-646-3900 202-646-3930 (fax) FEMAOPA@dhs.gov

PHONE # LIST - EVERYONE CONTACT THESE PEOPLE!!!!

by dsember, 9/8/05 23:13 ET

These are actual live lines unless otherwise noted (or unless it has changed since this afternoon)

Mayor of New Orleans: (504) 658-4900 or (504) 329-1250

Louisiana Governor: 1-866-310-7617

White House: (202) 456-1111

Homeland Security: (202) 282-8495

FEMA: (202) 646-2168

General Honore: (719) 554-3714

US Coast Guard: 1-800-323-7233

Army National Guard: 1-800-464-8273(?)

Ann Curry's Asst: (212) 664-4151

CNN: (404) 827-2600; Ask to be transferred to "Public Information", DO NOT press any numbers until after the automated message, then press "8" and HOLD --they do have live people answering (may take awhile)

Emergency Listings

Police, Fire & Medical Emergencies
911

Crescent City Connection Police
(504) 364-8180

NOPD Non-Emergency
(504) 821-2222

Louisiana State Police
(504) 471-2775

Office of Homeland Security
(504) 658-6900

Office Of Emergency Preparedness
(504) 658-8700

Poison Control Center
(800) 256-9822

Public Adovacy
(504) 658-4015


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