Homeless pets: Volunteers head to New Orleans

By Juan Carlos Fanjul email
Posted by Rachel Leigh email

BOCA RATON (WFLX) - When Katrina struck New Orleans in 2005, thousands of dogs and cats were left homeless.

Gustav, wasn't nearly as bad, but the storm once again left plenty of dogs out on the streets. That's why some Palm Beach County animal lovers have decided to go on a rescue mission Tuesday.

Jeri Smith of Boca Raton-based Rescue Rehab Home, which houses injured or neglected dogs, is embarking on a mission. She is headed to hurricane weary New Orleans, where Gustav wreaked havoc with both humans and canines. "There are a lot of outer parishes that are flooded without power and animals are still stranded," she said.

Smith and another volunteer will drive vans to New Orleans packed with the essentials: water, towels and cages. They will pick up 100 dogs from one shelter and then bring them back to Palm Beach County. "All the animal shelters are overcrowded as it is. They will have to start euthanizing if they can't find homes for them."

Smith will also help round up any stranded animals on the streets. She says it's the least she can do as now Ike threatens Louisiana again. "We have a lot of crowded shelters here too, but in our country, when there is a disaster, I think everybody has to pull together. Even if it is taking 1 or 2 dogs, it would help solve the problem," she said.

Rescue Rehab Home is looking for donations. If you would like to help,  go to their Web site, www.rescuerehabhome.org.