Seven years ago when Katrina hit I was working at a law firm. As news story after news story came in about the dogs being abandoned, rescued, or not rescued, I cried. A lot. To the point where my boss and coworkers started giving me funny looks and I spent a lot of time hiding in the bathroom. That same week my student loan check came in and I’ll confess I sent a large chunk of it to any organization helping animals in the area. I cried myself to sleep, worrying about the poor animals, the poor people, the poor rescuers fighting nature and man to help the helpless. My heart and head couldn't accept what it would feel like to have to choose between my life and my beloved furry family members, or the panic they would feel if left alone in such a frightening, unfamiliar situation.
This time is different, because people are staying with their pets, or took them when they evacuated. This time the authorities expected and encourage to rescue animals along with their people.
But the people who stayed with their pets and were saved as water chased them to the attics will need food for their dogs, and the shelters must be overrun with rescued animals in addition to the animals already in their care.
This time it’s different – the value of pets is more widely acknowledged, in great part because of what happened during Katrina – and this time, with your help, we can send lots of food and love their way.
How we can help them, together:
1. Buy a bag for the dog you love and indicate “Isaac” in the matching organization slot.
2. Or buy a bag and tell us to send both bags to defend against Isaac.
We’ve set up pallets just for food to go to the hurricane-impacted areas. We’re reaching out to organizations on the ground in Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana to find out the best way to distribute the food.
Will you help them? Go to BOGOBowl.com and put "Isaac" in the organization box.
Looking for another way to help Pets affected by Hurricane Isaac? Check out this cute Gulf Coast Flood Relief Shirt from our friends at RescuedIsMyFavoriteBreed.org: