Hurricane Volunteers

Independent hurricane rescue operations such as Jane Garrison's NOLA Search-Rescue, Winn Dixie, MuttShack and more call upon Kinship Circle for help with volunteer recruitment. Register with us now, to get updates and assignment to work with a Gulf animal aid effort.

Email Information Below To: (Only send once.)

  1. In your email, state your
    ~  Street, city, state, zip:
    ~  Cell phone, land phone:
    ~  Email address:
    ~  Your experience with animals:
    ~  ARRIVE/DEPART dates:

  2. Type Hurricane Volunteer in email subject line.

  3. If you're an Animal Control Officer, Veterinarian/Tech or Trapper, state in subject line, i.e., Hurricane Volunteer: Vet Tech

Due To Volume Of Inquiries, Please:
  • Tell us your specific destination. You may be able to help with a transport.

  • Do you get Kinship Circle Alerts? If not, separately email Type GULF COAST UPDATES in subject line.

  • Read alerts first, before you call or email us.

  • Kinship Circle helps coordinate transport/foster for 501c3 nonprofits, but not individuals. Contact your local shelter or check our Directory Of Hurricane Shelters.

United For Animals Of The Storm
Brenda Shoss, Kinship Circle
Julia Fischer, Animal Rescue Foundation

Kinship Circle/ARF Effort

Contacts  ■  Staging Areas
United For Animals Of The Storm
Brenda Shoss, Kinship Circle
Volunteer/Public Information Director, 314-795-2646

Julia Fischer, Animal Rescue Foundation
(ARF Mobile) Supply Distribution Director
251-645-8605, cell: 251-455-9377,

Drop/Distribution Site: Alternate Storage
5809 Larue Steiner Road
Theodore, Al 36582 (In Mobile off of I-10)
West off 65 onto I-10 take exit 15A.
Circle under interstate and stay on Hwy 90.
Turn right at 2nd stoplight on Larue Steiner Rd.
Travel about .3 miles. We have units 52, 54, 55.

Volunteer Information
Hurricane resources move in and out of our distribution site in Mobile, AL. Kinship/ARF has sent supplies and volunteers to nearly 80 missions in LA, MS, TX, AL – and ARF gives refuge to animals. To volunteer, use sign-up instructions under Hurricane Rescue Volunteers on left.

Supply Needs At Present
To Donate Supplies, Contact Julia Fischer
  1. State day/time you'll arrive with supplies.
  2. Describe type/quantity of supplies.
  3. Arrange with Julia for someone to meet you.

  • Flea Control Products (No Hartz. Lethal to cats/dogs. Recalled.)
  • Horse/Cow Fly Sprays
  • Lactated Ringers (fluid bags), Tubing And Needles
  • Dog/Cat Vaccines, Equine Vaccines
  • Antibiotics (Calvados especially)
  • Multiple Dog-Walk Devices,Grooming (clippers, blades, brushes)
  • Vari-Kennels (for relocation travel)
  • Large Dog Cages, Leashes, Collars
  • Puppy Pads, Doggie Pooper Scoopers, Odorant
  • Bleach, Cleaning Supplies, Trashcans
  • Large "Circus Type" Fly Tents
  • Water, Gatorade, Diesel Fuel

Kinship Circle/ARF Needs Transporters
    ~ Large vehicles (trucks, horse trailers, SUVs).
    ~ To load/unload supplies at staging sites.
    Contact Julia Fischer.

Abbeville, New Iberia

Contacts  ■  Staging Areas
St. Martin Humane Society
Marie Bossard
337-879-6600, 337-277-9538

Abbeville Shelter
Cecil McCrory Bldg
Abbeville, LA 70510
Port Rd, by Clyde Prejean DMV.
Fly into Lafayette, LA airport.
Rent car to drive to nearby Abbeville.
No gas shortages. May show up, or call.

Acadiana Fairgrounds
Hwy 3212  /  New Iberia, LA
US 90 to New Iberia, Hwy 3212
Follow signs to Acadiana Fairgrounds

Iberia Humane Society
Marilynn DeBuse White, 213-220-0468
Under direction of Dr. Eric White, DVM
1314 Troy Road  /  New Iberia, LA

Lafayette Animal Aid
Patty Meehan, 337-344-2829

Volunteer Information
Abbeville Shelter: Need volunteers now for large animals (horses, cows) in Rita storm areas. Help needed for companion animals brought to temporary Abbeville Shelter. Animals also held at Sugarena in Iberia for 30 days. Then animals go to local shelters, foster.

Surgarena Acadiana Fairground: No volunteer needs at present time. Dogs, cats, geese, goats, cows, horses here. Up for adoption after 30 days.

  1. No-kill shelter west of New Orleans with Katrina/Rita rescues.
  2. Surge in surrenders from evacuees unable to care for animals.
  3. Need foster/adopt next six months.
  4. Compiling national list of animal shelters willing to transport animals for adoption. Iberia Humane must follow LA quarantine regulations.

Contact Melissa or Marlene at 337-365-1923. Iberia Humane is fostering many animals. Volunteers needed!

Supply Needs As Of 9/30/05
If you or someone you know can transfer hay/grain to Abbeville or Sugarena Shelters, go directly to addresses at top.
Marilynn White, 337-380-2481
Large Animals:
Joelle Rupert, 337-277-4239

  • Hay!
  • Feed For Cows, Horses!
  • Range Pellets, Fencing
  • Airline Approved Plastic Crates
  • Water Troughs
  • Dog/Cat Toys, Collars
  • Shampoo, Flea Treatment (no Hartz!)
  • Food For Dogs/Puppies, Cats/Kittens
  • Treats, Bowls
  • Litter
  • Cleaning Supplies
  • Cages

My rescue partner has a cuddly moment with one of the saved pups at Camp Winn Dixie 248x300

Lake Charles Rescue

Contacts  ■  Staging Areas
Calcasieu Parish Shelter
Director David Marcantel, 337-437-3846
5500A Swift Plant Road
Lake Charles, LA 70615
Shelter: 337-439-8879

Directions To Shelter From I-10: Take Lake Charles exit 36. Turn right at ramp bottom, go over overpass, through first light, then right on first street. Go to end of road, shelter on left.

Volunteer Information
Animals housed at the Calcasieu Parish Animal Services, including animals from the Lamar Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales, were evacuated to Caddo Parish Animal Control in Shreveport due to Hurricane Rita. Staff and animals are now returning to Lake Charles.

We seek people with experience in search-rescue, animal control/humane officer field, veterinarians, vet techs, feral cat/aggressive animal handlers, dog trainers, groomers, emergency response training. We also need shelter workers to clean cages, dispense food/water and provide TLC, along with people qualified to manage paperwork, electronic records and data. If you are self-contained (have RV or ready to camp) that is ideal.

Haven For Horses

Contacts  ■  Staging Areas
Hopeful Haven Equine Rescue
Debra Barlow, 318-286-3116
315 Pecan Drive  /  Shreveport, LA 71106

Volunteer Information
We have room (arenas and foster homes) for evacuees with horses. Those with an RV or living space in their horse trailer may stay with horses. Please refer evacuees with horses.

Alley Cat Allies

Contacts  ■  Staging Areas
Alley Cat Allies
Volunteers, Email First: Jessica Frohman, 240-482-1988
Include full name, email, day phone, specialized skills/training, dates available.

If You Can Transport Or Foster, Contact:
Pilara Felgate, Regional Coordinator
773-244-4049, 240-482-1980

Alley Cat Allies Camp
Bogalusa, Louisiana
Camp established 1 hour north of New Orleans. Electricity available, but arrive self-sufficient prepared to camp out.

Volunteer Information
Need for volunteers through end of year. With citizens returning to NOLA area, Alley Cat Allies plans to help rebuild the caregiver network, remove feral cats from shelters, provide food/water to known colonies, identify other stressed colonies and assess future spay/neuter and caregiver support services.

From Kinship Circle: Alley Cat Allies tells us they want volunteers now. Sign up directly to get ACA credentials and go!

Alley Cat Allies Seeks:
  • Caregivers For Animals At Base Camp
  • Vets/Vet Techs
  • Computer/Data Entry, Intake
  • Animal Handlers/Trappers
  • Handy Men/Women
  • Photographers
  • Cage Assemblers And Cleaners
  • Supply Inventory And Errand Run Helpers
  • People With Rescue, Disaster Training
  • Transporters (trucks, SUVs preferable)
  • Foster Homes, Barn Homes For Feral Cats

Humane Society Of Louisiana

Contacts  ■  Staging Areas
Humane Society Of Louisiana
Shelter Director Jeff Dorson, 901-268-4432, In Tylertown: 601-876-2781

HSLA Emergency Shelter
115 Obed Magee Road  /  Tylertown, Mississippi 39667
(Next to St. Frances Animal Sanctuary)

Volunteer Information
We are presently in need of veterinarians, vet techs, animal caretakers, office staff, transporters, electricians, plumbers. No housing, come prepared to camp with tent. Access to nearby Red Cross showering facilities.

Incoming Volunteers:
To confirm your arrival date, email:
Send email before you show up.
Onsite contacts: Ask for Johnna Harris or Jeff Dorson

501C3 No-Kill Sanctuaries/Rescues, Contact: Jen Daley, Katrina Adoptions Coordinator
To reunite rescued animals whenever possible, we hope to work with groups to post online photos and foster, prior to adoption. For adoption-ready animals only, we can network with other shelters/agencies.

Supply Needs At Present
Check Humane Society Of Louisiana website for current supply need lists.

MuttShack Rescue

Contacts  ■  Staging Areas
MuttShack Animal Recue
Volunteer Coordinator Sharon Gorski, 877-727-9343, 586-727-9815,
Martin St John, 866-718-1001

Muttshack Emergency Shelter
Lake Castle School
8400 Hayne Blvd (at Crowder & Hayne)
East New Orleans, LA
I-10 East (from Superdome)
Exit at Crowder
Left to Levy, on corner

Volunteer Information
MuttShack has established a haven for triage and temp shelter. This waystation for rescues provides emergency veterinary care and shelter, with the ultimate goal of reuniting animals with their families. Need veterinarians, vet techs, search-rescue and shelter workers. Be prepared to stay a minimum 5 days.

Supply Needs
MuttShack's full supply-need list fluctuates. Check with Sharon Gorski, 586-727-9815.

Pasado's Safe Haven

Contacts  ■  Staging Areas
Pasado's Safe Haven
Cofounder Susan Michels,
Volunteers, After Travel Plans Are Firm Email:

Pasado's Staging Area
3515 Hwy 309  /  Raceland, LA 70394

Ship Supplies To:
Law Offices of Louis St. Martin
Atn: Pasado Rescue Teams
#1 Church Street  /  Houma, LA 70364

Volunteer Information
Need Veterinarians: email We anticipate rescue through 10/16/05, after which injured or ill animals will go back to Pasado's in Washington State. Volunteers also needed to clean kennels, wash and walk dogs, and other duties.

Incoming Volunteers:
Book a flight to Baton Rouge, LA or New Orleans.
Book a campsite or hotel early. They fill up fast.
There are no showers, bathrooms or sleep space at triage site.
Once you have done all above, email

Supply Needs As Of 9/28/05
Check Pasado's website for current supply needs list.
  • Canned ID Prescription Dog Food
  • Walmart Gift Cards, Gatorade
  • Tissue Glue
  • Thumb Forceps
  • Blade Handles
  • Needle Holders
  • Conjugate Mixing
  • Tubes/Vials
  • Comcat
  • Catheters
  • Metranyacol 500mg
  • FeLV/FIV Combo "Snap" Tests
  • Canned ID Prescription Dog Food

Winn Dixie Rescue

Contacts  ■  Staging Areas
Shannon and Mark Martin, 706-769-7701

Winn Dixie Marketplace
4600 Chef Menteur Hwy
(at N. Louisa Street)
New Orleans, LA 70126-5011

I-10 East to 610 East, till it meets back with I-10 East.
Exit at Louisa St. North.
Turn right on Gentilly Road.
Immediate left into Winn-Dixie lot.
~ OR ~
I-12 E to Slidell
Exit 83 to Hwy 11 over Ponchatrain
After bridge take a right onto I-10E toward Louisa Street exit

Volunteer Information
Need kennel help with rescued animals. Search-rescue. Veterinarians, techs.

Supply Needs As Of 10/1/05
  • Worm Medicine (especially for cats)
  • Wire Crates
  • Trucks, SUVs
  • Catch Poles, Cat/Dog Traps
  • Water, Ice, Gatorade
  • Cots, Air Mattresses
  • Diesel, Unleaded Fuel
  • Bulk Towels

Mandeville, LA Rescue/Shelter Task Force

Contacts  ■  Staging Areas
For Volunteers To Obtain Security Authorization Papers: Sharon Gorski, 877-727-9343, 586-727-9815

For More Information: Kendra Williams, Lansas Kennels owner in Mandeville, 985-246-9388

Task Force Leaders: Cris Stevens and Terri Kelley, 219-608-4112, 219-326-8887
Sarah Stevens, 219-608-1735

Mandeville Staging Area
Ship supplies to this address.
c/o Kendra Williams (if mailing supplies)
23015 Kilgore Street  /  Mandeville, LA 70471

Volunteer Information
We've been helping Pontchartrain Humane Society, plus animals from Pearlington, Mississippi, and Plaquemines Parish and New Orleans in Louisiana. Kinship Circle helped us gain National Guard clearance into Plaquemines for search-rescue. We were one of the first out-state groups in the parish.

Volunteers convene at Lansas Kennels in Mandeville, LA. People of every age and ability are needed for paperwork and animal care at the Mandeville shelter, as well as rescue in New Orleans. Bring a tent or vehicle you can sleep in. Camping area with bathrooms available. Some returning volunteers have complained about lack of organization at Lansas Kennels. We can assure you rescue teams meet here to save trapped animals in New Orleans. The Mandeville Rescue Task Force is now coordinating efforts with MuttShack to bring some rescued animals back to Lansas Kennels.

Supply Needs As Of 9/30/05
Supply needs fluctuate. Check with Kendra Williams, 985-246-9388.
  • Plastic Totes (large Rubbermaid types)
  • Transporters, Transport Trailers And Trucks
  • Trucks, SUVs
  • Catch Poles, Cat/Dog Traps
  • Water, Ice, Gatorade
  • Cots, Air Mattresses
  • Diesel, Unleaded Fuel
  • Bulk Towels

HSUS To Close Lamar Dixon And Hattiesburg Sites

Contacts  ■  Staging Areas
Lamar Dixon Expo Center
9039 St. Landry Avenue  /  Gonzales, LA 70737

Forrest County Multi Purpose Center
952 Sullivan Drive  /  Hattiesburg MS 39401

Volunteer Information
From Wayne Pacelle, President & CEO
Humane Society of the United States
2100 L Street, N.W.  /  Washington, D.C. 20037
202-452-1100, fax: 301-258-3077

9/27/05  ~  HSUS is looking to wind down the Gonzales operation. Fact: There is a measure of truth to this, but it's not by choice. Property managers want us out, and they've waged a campaign of harassment to drive us out. What's more, we operate under the incident command structure of the State Veterinarian's Office and meet with the state team daily. The've asked us to cease intake of animals by 9/30/05. We are beseeching them to let us continue for a longer period, and are cautiously optimistic we'll persuade them to extend our rescue operations through Lamar Dixon. In addition, we work with Louisiana SPCA to ready their new operations site. On October 1, we expect that facility to be operational in Algiers (in New Orleans).

9/25/05, HSUS/RAVS Disaster Response Schedule Update  ~  The word today is that we'll aim to demobilize both Lamar-Dixon and Hattiesburg, MS facilities within the next 1-2 weeks, moving all remaining animals to foster/adoption at shelters around the country. As this occurs our volunteer needs will begin to decrease. By 10/5 we should be operating with limited shelter and veterinary staff to process and care for any rescued animals. Of course, the nature of disaster response work is always unpredictable, so we may continue to need full staffing for a longer time period than expected.

**Anyone looking for a lost pet is advised to search Lamar-Dixon and Hattiesburg shelters ASAP. If you know any evacuees you can help transport to either shelter, do so now.

Emergency Aid for Avian Victims

Contacts  ■  Staging Areas
911 Parrot Alert
Jinx Scogin and Steven Thomas

Send Supplies To:
Jinx Scogin and Steven Thomas
625 Bradford Street N  /  Gainesville, Georgia 30501-3214
Accepting donated items for 911 Parrot Alert at our home. Large front porch where items can be left if not at home. If you cannot bring them to our home, call 678-450-5574. We will arrange to pick them up for you.

Send Supplies To Rescue/Donna Powell:
Donna Powell, c/o 911 Parrot Alert
16365 Woodmereh  /  Baton Rouge, LA 70819
If you ship items directly to Donna Powell, contact:
Ellen, Beaks and Noses Rescue, in Massachusetts

Monetary Donations
Jinx Scogin and Steven Thomas
625 Bradford Street N  /  Gainesville, Georgia 30501-3214

Supply Needs As Of 9/27/05
Urgent need for supplies/donations to shelters and rescue centers housing hundreds of companion birds in devastated Gulf Coast areas. We've chosen to concentrate our efforts on helping Donna Powell, of 911 Parrot Alert, and the many volunteers now helping her care for over 200 rescued birds in her Baton Rouge home. Avian supplies available at pet supply stores, supermarkets.

  • Paper Towels, Old Towels and Hand Towels
  • Trash Bags (medium and large)
  • Household Bleach
  • Spray Bottles (must be unused, hardware stores carry them)
  • Cage Cleaning Supplies (no household cleaners except bleach)
  • Seed Mixes, Pellets (all breeds, finches to large parrots)
  • Healthy Treats (Nutriberries, lots of varieties)
  • Millet Sprays
  • Cuttlebone and Mineral Blocks
  • Perches, Swings (all sizes, varieties)
  • Toys With Mirrors and Toys, Toys, Toys (have fun with this one!)
  • Cage Bowls and Dishes
  • Cages (all sizes)
  • Carriers For Transport (all sizes, including those made for small dogs and cats)
  • Syringes (all sizes, to hand feed baby birds, administer oral medications)
  • Dietary Supplements (vitamins, Ornabac, Ornalyte, Furazite. Hi-cal grit, molting aids, bird charcoal)
  • Nets (to safely catch birds)
  • Mosquito Netting
  • Cuddle Things (such as Birdy Buddy)
  • Copy Paper Reams

Animal Aid In Waveland, Mississippi

Volunteer Information
HSUS animal rescue unit established in Waveland. Volunteers needed.

Take Route 90 to Route 603.
Follow signs along Route 603 to Waveland. You'll see the town.
Continue through several stop lights.
You'll see a blue tarp with a sign, on your left, that reads: Animal Shelter. Turn left at sign.
Follow road until it ends. Turn left.
Follow signs to Animal Shelter.

LSU Vet Center Needs Administrative Volunteers

Contacts  ■  Staging Areas
School of Veterinary Medicine Louisiana State University
Volunteer Coordinator Sharon Ricciardo

Hurricane Katrina Emergency Animal Shelter
LSU AgCenter, John M. Parker Coliseum
School of Veterinary Medicine, Louisiana State University
Skip Bertman Drive  /  Baton Rouge, LA 7080

Volunteer Information
LSU Emergency Animal Shelter will stop accepting new animals on 9/30/05 and the operation closes 10/15/05. [Guardians] must reclaim animals by 9/30/05, or give consent for foster care or adoption. Many kind and generous families in the Baton Rouge area have offered to temporarily foster pets from the Parker Coliseum Emergency Animal Shelter. Once you have re-established your own residence, you can contact a foster family directly to bring your pet home. Please inquire at the Foster Homes Desk in the Entrance Hall of the Parker Coliseum. If you wish to relinquish your pet for adoption, please come by the Foster Homes Desk at Parker Coliseum or call 225-578-6111 to make arrangements.

Staging Area in Dothan, AL

Contacts  ■  Staging Areas
Maria Church, Director of Staging Area Operations
home: 334-793-3943, cell: 334-685-0522, staging area: 334-615-4620

Rescue coalition formed by SAVE-A-PET, at Dothan Animal Shelter, Wiregrass Humane Society, and Southeast Alabama Kennel Club. Coalition supported and funded in part by the Florida Association of Kennel Clubs and American Kennel Club.

Volunteer Information
Pet Care, Veterinary Care, Grooming, Transportation, Clerical, Laundry, Warehousing, and Volunteer Support, Foster Homes, and Donations.

Supply Needs As Of 9/17/05
  • Tents, Generators
  • Cat/Dog Food
  • Cat/Dog Treats
  • Cat/Dog Toys
  • Kitty Litter
  • Crates, Adjustable Dog Collars, Leashes
  • Wading Pools
  • Heavy Duty Extension Cords
  • Temporary Lighting
  • Large Garbage Cans & Liners
  • Heavy Duty Hoses with Nozzles
  • Filing Cabinet, Foldup Tables & Chairs
  • Laptop
  • Office Supplies
  • Hand Sanitizer, Dawn Dishwashing Liquid
  • Water Gallon Containers, Spray Bottles
  • Laundry Soap
  • Paper Towels, Bleach Towels
  • Toilet Paper
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