How to help the other animals affected by the BP oil spill »
Get ready for a downer. A CNN corespondent visited the Louisiana SPCA to see the other side of the BP oil spill’s effect on animals. There’s been a huge surge of pets surrendered to Louisiana animal shelters because families who’ve been hit hard financially by the oil spill can no longer afford to care for them. One rescue, the St. Bernard Parish animal shelter, saw 17 dogs surrendered by their owners in June, 2009; this year they had 127 dogs surrendered in June. Fucking A. The SPCA is calling for BP to start chipping in to help families keep their pets. They are also offering free veterinary care for people in the fishing industry in certain coastal regions. If you want to help out, you can donate money to this effort on the Louisiana SPCA website. The St. Bernard Parish animal shelter is also calling for volunteers. Everybody is looking for more foster homes as shelters are at capacity.
Another organization getting involved is the Animal Rescue of New Orleans, a rescue formed to help animals affected by Katrina. As a no-kill shelter, they have people driving all the way to their shelter near New Orleans to surrender their pets in the hopes they won’t be put down before they can find new homes. This little white dog is Chloe, she was surrendered and required surgery to remove bladder stones. With people barely able to provide for their healthy pets, pets that need expensive medical care are probably screwed. ARNO is also trying to keep pets in their homes with their Pet Retention Program. This program helps low income and unemployed people keep their pets by paying for their care. They are in dire needs of funds right now and you can donate (with paypal!) here.
Another, more fun way to help is to sponsor an animal. On the Plaquemines Animal Welfare Society’s website, you can sponsor an animal and they will even send you a cute picture of “your” animal like this one to the right. I think sponsoring animals is a great way for kids to get involved in rescue efforts. They get a pet by-proxy and they also learn about the realities homeless pets as opposed to pet shops selling animals.
There’s an interesting personal account of a visit to the St. Bernard Parish animal shelter on the blog ohmidog. You have to scroll to the bottom as it was a stop on a road trip. The writer discusses the conditions of the shelter as well as disaster economics.
That’s all for today. I don’t have any good jokes because I am sad. It’s sad that the pets don’t have homes, it’s also sad that people don’t have their pets anymore. Pets are good for you!
Baby pig, I love you! This is Emma Sue playing at the Pigs Peace Sanctuary. This video is from last August and Emma Sue is probably all grown up now but OMG! She was cutest baby pig ever! Purse pig, I need you.
Bikers for Barkers is a rad benefit happening on this Saturday, June 12 in SF. Damn, there are lots of events this weekend. Hopefully Meave will have you covered in links (good luck, girl! events be outta control this weekend!) but this one is awfully special. First off, it’s all vegan and there’s gonna be lots of vegan treats, including the delicious and amazing Rescue Chocolate (!!!). It’s $20 to get in and all the money goes to two fabulous California dog rescue organizations, Rocket Dog Rescue, and Hearts for Hounds. There’s gonna be a great silent auction, non-crappy live entertainment, and tons of booze. What more could you ask for? The one bummer is no dogs allowed but leave Fido (who has a dog named Fido?) at home and come get drunk and crazy with us. Ow!
Sacramento’s trailer park cats need YOU! »
On Friday, Jan. 15, a Sacramento trailer park will be razed, destroying the ersatz home of 20 to 30 cats—most of whom have been abandoned and are not feral, according to the Agee Memorial Wildlife Fund. The AMWF has taken charge of rescuing these cats, and needs donations, and foster and permanent homes for them.
No, Sacramento isn’t in the Bay Area, but we know Vegansaurus readers don’t limit themselves to local activism! Visit the AMWF site for further information and trailer park rescue-specific updates. Send them a few bucks, help a kitty out!
[image courtesy AMWF]