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

New Orleans Search-Rescue

Contacts  ■  Staging Areas
Jane Garrison, 843-343-8887
David Meyer, 310-897-6546
Pia Salk, 323-899-4160

Send Supplies To:
Southern Animal Foundation
1823 Magazine Street  /  New Orleans, LA 70130

Monetary Donations:
Make check payable to: 1-800-Save-A-Pet
PO Box 7  /  Redondo Beach, CA 90277

Supply Needs
Dog/Cat Food, Aluminum Trays, Large Dog Traps, Money

Volunteer Information
Ideal volunteers stay at least one week, self-sufficient.
7:30am Morning Meetings
Southern Animal Foundation (in front)
1823 Magazine St  /  New Orleans, LA 70130
Rescue lists assigned with mapped locations or sections to feed/patrol.

Maps, Assignments, Briefing ~ Maps and assignments distributed at morning meeting. Volunteers briefed on evolving rescue efforts.

Dispatch ~ Volunteers are contacted day-long with rescue requests.

Critical Care Animals ~ Brought to nearby SE Veterinary Specialists, 504-219-0444  /  400 N. Causeway  /  Metarie, LA

All Other Animals ~ Dropped off at Southern Animal Foundation daily, by 4:30pm, then transported to Best Friends in Tylertown, Mississippi.

Need Transporters! Contact: Jane Garrison, 843-343-8887  /  David Meyer, 310-897-6546  /  Pia Salk, 323-899-4160

Food/Water Stations ~ Volunteers set up feeding stations.

Maps, Logs, Database Entries ~ To avoid duplicate addresses, volunteers submit maps and logs by 6:00pm daily for data-entry team.

Volunteer Lodging ~ Volunteers obtain their own lodging.

Internet Updates ~ A website is underway to post key details.

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 70126-501

Directions To Winn Dixie Staging Area:
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.

Supply Needs
Worm Medicine, Wire Crates, Trucks, SUVs, Catch Poles, Water, Ice, Gatorade, Cots, Air Mattresses, Diesel, Unleaded Fuel, Cat/Dog Traps, Bulk Towels

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

MuttShack Rescue

Contacts  ■  Staging Areas
Sharon Gorski, 877-727-9343
Martin St John, 866-718-1001

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.

Supply Needs
Check with Sharon Gorski, 877-727-9343.

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

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 to units 52, 54, 55.

Volunteer Information
Kinship/ARF has sent supplies and volunteers to nearly 80 missions in LA, MS, TX, AL and ARF gives refuge to animals. See Hurricane Rescue Volunteers above.

Supply Needs As Of 10/6/05
To Donate Supplies, Contact Julia Fischer
Most supplies now go directly to animal rescue sites, not to us. Through the end of October ask Julia where supplies are needed.

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

Kinship Circle/ARF Needs Transporters
    ~ Trucks, horse trailers, SUVs…
    ~ To load/unload supplies at staging sites.
    Contact Julia Fischer.

Alley Cat Allies

Contacts  ■  Staging Areas
Alley Cat Allies
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.

Supply Needs
Needs fluctuate. Check Alley Cat Allies website for current supply needs list.

Volunteer Information
Help needed immediately. Anticipate need for volunteers through end of the year. With citizens returning to New Orleans area, Alley Cat Allies plans to help rebuild the caregiver network, remove feral cats from shelters, provide food and water to known colonies, identify other colonies in need and assess future needs such as spay/neuter services and support for caregivers.

  • Caregivers for animals at base camp
  • Vets/vet techs
  • Computer/data entry expertise
  • Clerical people for volunteer, animal intake
  • Animal handlers/trappers
  • Handy men/women
  • Photographers
  • Cage assemblers and cleaners
  • Supply inventory and errand run helpers
  • People with rescue skills, disaster training
  • Drivers/vehicles for transport (trucks, SUVs preferable)
  • Foster homes and barn homes for feral cats
    If You Can Transport Or Foster, Contact: Pilara Felgate, 240-482-1980

Humane Society Of Louisiana

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

Humane Society Of Louisiana Emergency Shelter
115 Obed Magee Road
Tylertown, Mississippi 39667
(Next to St. Frances Animal Sanctuary)

Supply Needs
Check Humane Society of LA website for current supply needs list.

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:
Onsite contacts: Ask for Johnna Harris or Jeff Dorson

You need definitive approval from a local New Orleans animal protection charity, before heading down. 501c3 no-kill sanctuaries or rescue groups that want to adopt animals through Humane Society of Louisiana, contact: Jen Daley, Katrina Adoptions Coordinator

Pasado's Safe Haven

Contacts  ■  Staging Areas
Susan Michaels, Cofounder
After travel arrangements are made, email

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

Supply Needs As Of 10/11/05
Check Pasado's website for current supply needs list.
  • 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

Volunteer Information
We anticipate rescue through 10/16/05, after which injured or ill animals will go back to Pasado's in Washington State. Need Veterinarians: email 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

Abbeville Animal Relief

Contacts  ■  Staging Areas
Marie Bossard, St. Martin Humane Society, 337-879-6600, 337-277-9538
Joelle Rupert, 337-277-4239, 337-893-0235

Abbeville Shelter
Cecil McCrory Bldg
Abbeville, LA 70510
On Port Rd, next to Clyde Prejean's DMV office.
Fly into Lafayette, LA airport.
Rent car to drive to nearby Abbeville. No gas shortages.
May just show up, or call above numbers for more information.

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

Supply Needs As Of 10/5/05
Call Joelle Rupert for updates and questions regarding large animal supplies: 337-277-4239, 337-893-0235. Call Marilynn White about dog/cat supplies: 337-380-2481.
  • Range Pellets, Hay, Cattle Feed, Horse Feed, Fencing
  • Airline Approved Plastic Crates
  • Water Troughs (for horses and cows at Sugarena)
  • Dog/Cat Toys, Collars, Shampoo, Flea Treatment (no Hartz!), Treats, Bowls…

Volunteer Information
Abbeville Shelter: Need volunteers to help with large/farm animals (horses, cows) in Rita storm areas. Help needed for dogs, cats, pets brought back to temporary Abbeville Shelter. Animals also held at Sugarena in Iberia for 30 days. After that, 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.

Homes For New Iberia Humane Society Animals?

Contacts  ■  Staging Areas
Iberia Humane Society
Marilynn DeBuse White, 213-220-0468

Iberia Humane Society
Under direction of Dr. Eric White, DVM
1314 Troy Road
New Iberia, LA

Supply Needs As Of 10/4/05
Rescuers asked to bring supplies with them whenever possible.
  • Dog/Puppy Food
  • Kitten/Cat Food
  • Horse Feed
  • Litter
  • Cleaning Supplies
  • Cages

Contact Melissa or Marlene at 337-365-1923.
  1. No-kill shelter located west of New Orleans with rescues from Katrina and Rita.
  2. Surge in surrenders from evacuees who cannot care for their animals because homeless.
  3. Anticipate need for foster/adopt for at least the next six months.
  4. Compiling list of U.S. animal shelters willing to transport animals, free and clear for adoption, to other areas where safe, loving homes are available. Iberia Humane must follow Louisiana quarantine regulations.

Reunite Animals As A Stealth Volunteer

Known location of rescued Katrina animal
Looking for their people
Director: Marilyn Knapp Litt

Volunteer Information
To find displaced people, tell them where their animal is located, and assist in animal/guardian reunions. Volunteers are assigned animal cases registered on PetFinder. They receive detailed rescue notes (some not available publicly) and guidelines to use search engines, survivor databases, crisscross directories, NetDetective, Lexis-Nexis, ChipTrace, etc. Stealth also circulates information about where to evacuate with animals and matches rescuers with supply resources or people whose animals need rescue.
*Kinship Circle does not use the language of slavery to depict nonhuman animals. Owner, owned, it… are replaced with guardian, him/her, caregiven… or other language that doesn't define animals as things and property. Any failure to modify text is unintended.