Haven For Horses

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

Volunteer Information
We have room for evacuees with horses onsite and within our network of arenas and foster Cross-post and refer evacuees with horses.

Hurricane Rescue 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:
info@kinshipcircle.org (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, please state this in subject line. For example, Hurricane Volunteer: Vet Tech

Due To Volume Of Inquiries, Please:
  • Tell us your destination, to help with transports.

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

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

  • Use Mapquest to get basic directions.

  • 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

Lamar Dixon In Gonzales

Contacts  ■  Staging Areas
Lamar Dixon Expo Center
disaster@hsus.org, 225-621-1700

From West, I-10 East to Ext 177.
From East, 1-10 West to Ext 177.
At bottom of ramp take a right.
2nd left into Lamar Dixon Equestrian Ctr.
Ask for volunteer registration area.

Volunteer Information
Comments below are from Jane Garrison, who directs Gonzales shelter's food/water program. We support DawnWatch's excellent presentation and urge you to heed Jane's words.

DawnWatch, news@dawnwatch.com
1) From Jane Garrison  ~  If you want to help please go to the Lamar Dixon in Gonzeles, LA (one hour from New Orleans). Fly into New Orleans or Baton Rouge. There is no one to pick you up so rent a van or car. Call my cell for emergencies only, 843-343-8887.

2) From Jane Garrison  ~  I've been at the New Orleans hurricane scene for over two weeks. I've organized search-rescue and food/water teams. I've personally pulled hundreds of animals from rooftops, attics and houses. I got a dog off a roof a few days ago who should have weighed 90 pounds. But he weighed just 40 pounds. These animals show us they want to live.

Animals are still trapped at 3,000 home addresses that came from evacuee requests for HSUS or LASPCA to rescue these animals. There are likely many more animals trapped at unknown addresses. Consider this: Amazingly, half of homes we get into have live animals inside. With a minimum 3000 addresses, at least 1500 animals wait behind closed doors. Wait and wait…for a kind hand to end their fear and pain.

Current teams can only reach about 300 homes per day. Animals will never survive at this rate. I beg each one of you to get to New Orleans. It does not take a "certified disaster rescuer" to revive an animal with food and water. We have a week at most to save them. We are their last chance. Jane Garrison

Incoming Volunteers: Report to Jane Garrison outside the food tent by barns 1 and 2 for a 6:00am briefing each morning.

Kinship Circle/ARF Effort

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

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

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 in Hurricane Rescue Volunteers above.

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.)
  • Horse/Cow Fly Sprays
  • Lactated Ringers (fluid bags), Tubing And 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, 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.

Rabbit Rescue Needed

Contacts  ■  Staging Areas
Shaun Palmisano
985-783-5010, 985-785-9136

St. Charles Animal Shelter
13830 River Road
Luling, LA 70070
Director Lee Ann Matherne, 504-559-4779

Volunteer Information
One of our volunteers called, while at this shelter. This is legitimate, as of 9/21/05. At least seven or more rabbits need rescue from a qualified rabbit group. Contact Shaun Palmisano right away if you can help.

Help In Hattiesburg

Contacts  ■  Staging Areas
Sarah-Jayne Brown, oceanpromotion@msn.com

Hattiesburg Emergency Shelter
The Forest Multicultural Center
952 Forest Boulevard
Hattiesburg, Mississippi

I-10 to I49 just before Hattiesburg, see Forest Multicultural Center.

Volunteer Information
Volunteers may show up at the center. Say you are with the Gaultier Group with Carol Childs. Powers that be may say they have moved. Just ask where they are. Carol Childs is with National Humane Society. Just six or seven dog-walking volunteers are on hand for some 1000 dogs at Hattiesburg Multicultural Ctr. Urgently needed: People to walk dogs, water and feed. 112 cots for volunteers.

Aid In Waveland

Volunteer Information
Help is needed at the HSUS rescue unit in Waveland, MS. Bring any documentation, i.e., your organization's nonprofit papers, DART or other animal disaster training, veterinarian/tech or animal control credentials, etc.

  • Take Route 90 to Route 603.
  • Follow Route 603 into Waveland.
  • Continue through several stop lights.
  • Left at blue tarp, Animal Shelter sign.
  • Follow road until it ends. Turn left.
  • Follow signs to Animal Shelter.

Brenda Shoss, Kathy Sweeney and Ramona Billot load a Kinship Circle vehicle with carefully crated animals to transport for out state adoptions 268x306

Plaquemines Rescue

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

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

Lansas Kennels, Mandeville: Kendra Williams, 985-246-9388

Mandeville Staging Area
Ship supplies: c/o Kendra Williams
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 to scout and aid other storm areas. Currently, we send units into Plaquemines, where there has been no organized rescue.

Incoming Volunteers:
  • Wear a dark blue t-shirt to appear as a unified rescue unit. Organizers wear red caps.

  • Bring well-treaded, high boots. Up to 4 inches of oil covers ground in Plaquemines areas where Katrina caused an oil spill.

  • If you arrive at Mandeville kennels and rescuers are not there, they are in the field. You may help with Katrina dogs there or volunteer elsewhere and check back.

Plaquemines Animal Rescue Update
We had gained authorization from the New Mexico National Guard for rescue units to enter Plaquemines Parish. Volunteer rescue units work under the auspices of Dr. Habert, the parish veterinarian originally established at Belle Chase Animal Shelter. Dr. Habert has since moved to a Senior Center to accommodate more animals.

The Plan  ~  Three teams of 4-5 rescuers enter Plaquemines daily. A separate team of baiters joins them. No animals are allowed to leave Plaquemines. All are treated. Dr. Habert's crew wants to reunite them with guardians.

The Temp Problem  ~  When Hurricane Rita evacuations were ordered on 9/20, the Plaquemines Parish president denied rescuers entry despite our relationship with the parish vet. Still, rescuers managed a night mission. We are working on this transition. Please check in, especially if en route to Lamar-Dixon. Mandeville is an hour from Gonzales.

Supply Needs As Of 9/21/05
Needs fluctuate. Check with Cris/Terri (219-608-4112) or Sarah (219-608-1735).

  • Plastic Totes (large Rubbermaid types)
  • Transporters, Transport Trailers And Trucks
  • Trucks, SUVs
  • Catch Poles, Cat/Dog Traps
  • Water, Ice, Gatorade
  • Cots, Air Mattresses, Bulk Towels
  • Diesel, Unleaded Fuel

LSU Wants Volunteers

Contacts  ■  Staging Areas
School of Veterinary Medicine Louisiana State University
Email Sharon Ricciardo your: full name, contact information, skills, availability. Volunteer in subject line.

Katrina 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 seeks volunteers to walk dogs, care, feed, work reception desk, etc. The facility is starting shift work from now till mid-October. Volunteers need to be self sufficient (food, housing, transportation), adults, and preferably experienced with animals.

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.

St. John Animal Shelter

Contacts  ■  Staging Areas
For more information, try Sharon Gorski, 586-727-9815

St. John Shelter
124 Water Plant Rd
LaPlace, LA 70068
Linda Allen, Director
shelter phone: 985-651-7387
Rescue volunteer Dina Becnel: 985-210-9422

Supply Needs As Of 9/21/05
St. John Parish Animal Shelter will stockpile supplies for St. Bernard Parish.
  • Flea Treatment (No Hartz products, toxic and recalled.)
  • Dog/Cat Toys Toys
  • Dog/Cat Treats
  • Medical/Vet Supplies
  • Vaccines
  • Strongid-T
  • Albon
  • Nutri-Cal

Staging In Dothan, AL

Contacts  ■  Staging Areas
Staging Director Maria Church
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, Grooming, Transport, Clerical, Laundry, Warehouse, Volunteer Support, Foster.

Supply Needs As Of 9/17/05
  • Tents, Generators
  • Cat/Dog Food, Treats, 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, Toilet Paper

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 9/13/05
  • Boats (if inflatable, must hold crates with animals on water)
  • 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
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