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Sep 01, 2008

Humane Society kicking 'tocks again


Alert reader Ana Marie C. says of her submission "because it's nice to see some good news". We agree!

Check out the great efforts of the Humane Society made in preparation for hurricane Gustav. Hundreds of pets were evacuated across Louisiana.

Want to support these efforts? Learn more or read more from the field here.

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I love the people that do this. I am gonna donate right now.

 |  Sep 01, 2008 at 03:58 PM

These are amazing people with very big hearts. <3<3<3

 |  Sep 01, 2008 at 04:02 PM

I will def donate. It warms my heart to know that these animals are baing looked after. Much thanks to you all. <3

 |  Sep 01, 2008 at 04:44 PM

That should come with a "You're gonna need a tissue" alert attached.

*sniff, sniff*

 |  Sep 01, 2008 at 05:06 PM

the puppeh picture at the beginning caught my attention entirely. These people are very amazing.

 |  Sep 01, 2008 at 05:25 PM

The dog @ 0:40 is like "WHOA!! I'm CARGO SURFIN'!!! WHOO HOO!!!"

That looks like fun, actually...

Do they make cargo carriers for 5'8" 200 lb broads like me? :D

Good for the HSA and the LSPCA!!!

Juniper Jupiter
 |  Sep 01, 2008 at 05:38 PM

If people can get past the petty sniping, just take a long look at what IS being done NOW and remember that not all superheroes wear capes.

 |  Sep 01, 2008 at 07:21 PM

But they DO all wear tights, don't they?

You ever take your dog's face in your hands, look into her eyes and tell you you love her, and then she burps at you? LOL, that's true love, that is!

 |  Sep 01, 2008 at 07:27 PM

Erebella, you're ABSOLUTELY right!!

 |  Sep 01, 2008 at 07:31 PM

About what, the tights or the burping? I don't think my boyfriend will want to kiss me passionately if I burp at him, though. Men.....they just don't get it. HA!

 |  Sep 01, 2008 at 07:37 PM

The puppy look alone kills me! Non-humane society indeed. Cruel, cruel organization whose pictures of overly adorable animals are meant to disable otherwise intelligent, competent, articulate folks (not just lunatic hunters and meat-eaters). It's all a conspiracy to take over the world, one furball at a time. I'm on to you, HSUS!

 |  Sep 01, 2008 at 07:54 PM

I'll bet they have a tall stack of resumes for the puppy dunking positions.

 |  Sep 01, 2008 at 10:10 PM

AWWWWW! [keeses poor widdle wet puppeh] Be safe!

BTW, I like the HSUS logo. Never seen it before.

 |  Sep 02, 2008 at 02:22 AM

Adorable puppy.

I like Charity Navigator, and will register my 501-c-3 when it comes through from the IRS. Caveat donor. Hysterics does not impress me. Going to a website and asking polite but focused questions and then analyzing the answer is a great way to investigate a potential charity. Always be careful, not just for animal charities but any charity, before investing time, energy and money! There really are a lot of charletons out there, but then again, there are some great places that should be rewarded with your assets.
Theo, I agree with your decision to let this be on CO- it is a discussion that needs to be engaged, and it is very important that free speech let the cleansing sunshine in to highlight the workings of all charities. Thank you for this important discussion starter!

 |  Sep 02, 2008 at 03:55 AM

(claps) I <3 good people who care about animals and work to make sure they're safe! :)

 |  Sep 02, 2008 at 05:10 AM

If people want to donate to an organization helping animals in the hurricane area, please consider Best Friends Animal Society instead. Unlike the HSUS, they are not pro-euthanasia, and they have a wonderful sanctuary:

 |  Sep 02, 2008 at 05:14 AM

Mississippi learned valuable lessons from Hurricane Katrina. For Gustav, people were allowed to bring their pets with them when they boarded evacuation buses. The South Mississippi Humane Society opened their doors as a pet shelter.

I'm so glad for organizations like HSUS, SPCA, and my local SMHS.

 |  Sep 02, 2008 at 06:45 AM

The AKC has a disaster relief fund now, which is used to support
search and rescue dogs and all pets during a disaster and when they offer
help, it is real HELP -- not a clumsy self-promotional effort.


In normal times, give to your local animal shelters. They will nearly
always use the money for actual animal care. Please investigate any
charity you send money to after a disaster, Wait a few days and find
an organization based in the area that needs help.

 |  Sep 02, 2008 at 07:34 AM

I am so glad they were able to calmly and safely get all the animals that needed to be evacuated out. I don't care what bad things people can say about them, this is a good thing. I would not leave my own pets behind, and with four cats and two dogs, I would have a hard time finding a place that would take us all if we needed to evacuate (though we would just go to family, so there wouldn't be a real problem). I am glad that there are organizations like this out there to help keep families with their pets in times of emergencies.

 |  Sep 02, 2008 at 08:17 AM

Perhaps the best idea is to donate to your local shelter or rescue group. Because I have 17 rescues at my house I had to cut down on donations. I chose to drop the national groups and focus on what's happening in my own community. That way I can check in and see what's actually going on.
My reasoning comes from my experience with helping out in south Mississippi after Katrina (I showed up alone and without any connection to an organization). The volunteers both locally and from all over the country did the real rescue work - the national organizations weren't responding to Gulfport / Biloxi/ Pass Christian and all the small godforsaken towns. Of course they did long after Katrina but by then most of the animals not rescued had suffered and died...

 |  Sep 02, 2008 at 10:15 AM

The use of the term "pets" (as in "no pets") may be causing confusion. Organizations like HSUS and PETA prefer the term "companion animal" because it implies that the animal has an inherent worth separate from their usefulness to humans. Works for me. BTW, anyone who thinks that these two groups are working to eliminate pet ownership need to check out the FAQs at their websites.

PETA's headquarters are located in my home town and I am amazed at the good work they do there. Their focus is animal protection and care at the local, state, national, and international levels. They donate money and equipment to local animal shelters; offer free dog houses for dogs that don't have one; run a reduced-fee spay and neuter clinic, to name a few. And the people who work there bring their companion animals to work with them whenever they want.

 |  Sep 02, 2008 at 12:52 PM

Please don't confuse the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) with your local, and state humane societies..... They are NOT associated with each other nor do your local humane societies appreciate being linked with HSUS. HSUS and PeTA (among others) are animal rights groups (ARs) and work hand in hand with each other, whereas your local/state humane societies (among others)are animal welfare groups. If you read the agendas for the AR's you will be very surprised ..... and PeTA's special videos for different occasions are quite ugly/offense. Most of the $$$$ AR's collect are for ad's against pet ownership and administrative costs. BTW - Wayne Pacelle receives 24% of the total monies received from contributions, ($206,000+ for his work at HSUS).... another large portion goes for lobbyists to pressure state legislatures for anti-pet bills. HSUS is NOT a govt agency, so almost 25% of your contributions goes directly into Pacelle's pocket... travel is covered under another pot of $$$$. This blog is basically sponsoring HSUS by putting up HSUS links.

 |  Sep 02, 2008 at 03:36 PM

Please do a post on ARNO or Best Friends or Pasado's Safe Haven next time. They, too, were all there in New Orleans helping to evacuate animals, and are now on the ground, going to addresses where dogs were left behind. After what happened with Katrina, I will not ever donate to the HSUS again. Do you know they were under investigation by the Louisiana attorney general for misuse of funds that were donated after Katrina because they didn't use them to find owners of rescued animals like they claimed they would. I was with an online group that tracked down owners, and I can tell you, the HSUS did nothing to help me find anyone.

 |  Sep 02, 2008 at 03:50 PM

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