Small Bites

News named Small Bites as a reminder to donate small-bite food (or cat food) for Gulf animals.

Urgent: St. John Shelter
St. John Parish Animal Shelter
488 W. 2nd Street
LaPlace, LA 70068
View Animals

7/28/06,  ~  St. John Parish Animal Shelter is full. Animals must be adopted or face euthanasia. The shelter is very small, with a wonderful staff. Dogs and cats just keep arriving. Please help lessen loss of life. Fosters, adopters and legitimate rescues are urgently needed. St. John shelter is located 30 minutes from the New Orleans area. Go by today and save a life.

Workshop: NOLA Animal Rescuers
7/23/06, Reply To: Pia Salk  ~  NOLA suicide rates have tripled since the hurricane. NOLA animal rescuers, in particular, face tremendous challenges. They are relentless and devoted, but engulfed in stress and tragedy. In June, I led a workshop in Potomac on this emotional toll. Many have asked me to offer the workshop in New Orleans. Feedback in Potomac was very positive. The only complaint? Too short. I'd like to give NOLA rescuers the support they've requested, in the form of a two-day workshop on or near Katrina's one-year anniversary. The 8/29 date alone stirs strong emotion. I can do this if one or more organizations are willing to sponsor/cosponsor the event. Please consider sources for financial backing so I can line-up professionals and figure out other related costs. Hopefully I can offer this much needed forum in NOLA.
I Want To Live │ Oct-Nov 2005
Dec 2005, Pam Leavy  ~  Forgotten Gulf Coast animals survived storms, floods, starvation, dehydration, injuries, loneliness, fear, confusion, despair. They want to live. To do so, they depend on us. Even ferals struggle in desolate areas with no means to get food. Once out-state veterinarians were banned and volunteers threatened with arrest, many rescue operations stopped… Somebody's Praying │ Dec 2005
Volunteers left jobs and families to come here from all over the world. In extreme heat and primitive conditions, these animal angels saved thousands of lives. Thank you and others who donated, networked, prayed… St. Bernard Massacre, A Memorial
A video in memory of the animals gunned down, murdered and left to rot in the St. Bernard Pet Massacre…
Save precious kitten at Roicy AC, an all kill facility in Lafayette, LA 241x245

Save Kitten At Roicy
An All-Kill Facility

7/30/06,   ~  Held over! This is the last white tabby from a litter. All others were adopted. This little one is nearly out of time. The shelter will try to hold over, Roicy AC is very small with limited cat cages. Unwanted animals arrive daily, and many in stray hold await their turn for adoption. The kittens get more time, but often become sick if they stay too long. To make sure this sweet cat is safe, come to the shelter before 5:00pm on Mon, July 31.

To Foster/Adopt: If you can foster for a minimum 60 days and are near Lafayette, Baton Rouge or NOLA, email:

Roicy Duhon Animal Control
613 W. Pont des Mouton
Lafayette, LA
337-291-5645, fax: 337-291-7051,

See Roicy Animals:

Roicy Duhon Animal Control is a rabies control (vs. adoption) facility in Lafayette Parish. They kill by gas twice weekly. All animals are on death row.

Out-State Adopters & Rescues
  • Come in person or send a local friend, relative, rescue group. Roicy won't adopt over phone or transport.

  • Rescues must show proof of 501c3 status, spay/neuter and adopt policies. Fax forms: 337-291-7051
Katrina survivor Trina, a Brittany Spaniel mix found on Grand Isle during the storm, needs a new family 268x252

Needs Home: Trina

  • Breed: Brittany Spaniel Mix
  • Gender: Female
  • Age: Young  /  Size: Medium

Description: Trina is a Katrina survivor. Found on Grand Isle during the storm, she was rescued before she drowned. Her rescuer can no longer keep her so she went to St. John Animal Shelter. Trina is very sweet, well socialized, house broken. She is used to life as a family member and eager to find a new one. The shelter is full right now. They will start euthanizing soon. Trina survived floodwaters, but now faces certain death unless saved.

Contact: St. John Animal Shelter
488 W. 2nd St  /  LaPlace, LA 70068
Vet Adoptions Metairie, LA
Lincoln, a Silky Terrier or big Yorkie rescued in Terrebonne Parish, LA, was sent to Ohio and needs a home 268x149

Found: Lincoln

  • Breed: Silky Terrier Or Large Yorkie
  • Gender: Male (spayed)
  • Age: 6 Years  /  Weight: 12 Pounds
  • Found ID: PF63256

  • Description: This cute guy is brown, black and gray/silver, a Silky Terrier or large Yorkie. He has great teeth but poor eyesight. He wore a collar when found. Lincoln was originally rescued in Terrebonne Parish, LA, kept for several months, and then brought to a shelter. He is currently in Ohio.

    Last Seen: Terrebonne Parish, LA

    Contact: 920-499-7475
    Petfinder Emergency Rescue
  • Teddy Bear Kitty, first with Noahs Wish in Slidell and now in foster, wants his pre storm family 293x177

    Found: Teddy Bear Kitty

    • Breed: Tan, Buff/White Tabby Mix
    • Gender: Male (neutered post-rescue)
    • Age: 1 Year
    • Size: Medium
    • Found ID: PF63255

    Description: Teddy Bear Kitty (new name) was at Noah's Wish Shelter in Slidell, no info or paperwork. Was not neutered at time of rescue, but has been neutered since.

    In foster care, would like to find [guardian]. Very sweet personality.

    Last Known Location: Noah's Wish (Katrina) Shelter, Slidell LA 70458

    Contact: 773-684-2922
    Petfinder Emergency Rescue
    Angus, a tuxedo cat originally at a temp New Olreans shelter, wonders where his real family is 293x150

    Found: Angus

    • Breed: Black/White Tuxedo Cat
    • Gender: Male
    • Markings: Black nose, black chin patch
    • Age: 3 Years
    • Size: Large
    • Found ID: PF62850

    Description: Cat is not declawed, very friendly, has an odd meow, loves laps. He won't let hands be idle when petted. Has been living outside since the storm, just got a digital camera so we could photograph our outside buddy (we call Angus). Very solid cat, great to have around, but must have been someone's cat. We'd like to reunite him and get him inside.

    Last Known Location: Helena Street, New Orleans LA 70119. Angus (rescue name) was at a temporary facility in New Orleans.

    Contact: 504-218-8638
    Petfinder Emergency Rescue
    My eyes darted to a small figure frozen in the darkness, Nearly 10 months after Katrina, Mikko was alive 591x294

    A Miracle For Mikko And His Katrina Displaced Family

    7/22/06, Letter From A Grateful Katrina Evacuee  ~  After 9 months, 3 weeks, and 2 days, I am wonderfully happy to announce that we found our cat, Mikko. On Friday, June 23, we drove from Houston, TX to Atlanta, GA, over-nighting in New Orleans. I'd been back to our home in the Gentilly area of New Orleans more than 5 times to salvage memorabilia and look for our missing cat.

    We had two cats prior to Hurricane Katrina. On my first visit back to the city in October 2005, Gus came running to the front lawn when I called his name. He was scared and jittery but recognized my voice. I called and called for Mikko, but he did not come. I went back several times that visit and even left an item of clothing like the Humane Society suggested, but he did not return at my bidding. I visited in November, December, and finally in January. No Mikko. Many champions for animals surfaced throughout that time, tirelessly searching any lead to help us find our missing cat.

    A wonderful lady found a photo on Petfinder, BFC 1978. We were almost certain it was him. Sadly for us, the family of BFC 1978, found nearly 30 miles from our home, had already claimed him. The search continued. I never lost hope and never let my daughter give up hope either. I told her he'd probably been trapped by rescuers and adopted by a nice family somewhere across the country. I refused to give away his cloth cat carrier salvaged from garage ruins. It sat on our back porch waiting.

    As we drove into the outskirts of New Orleans, nostalgia rose like the tide at sunset. I had the strongest urge to visit our home, now gutted and overrun with grass. I drove to the exit and approached stealthily, it was 10:30 p.m. The main thoroughfare of Elysian Fields once bustling was now quiet and bleak. My daughter and I circled the block slowly as we talked about the neighborhood. Dim lights peered out from FEMA trailers on the neighboring streets. The Baptist church on the opposite corner had been razed. The starch contrast of newly refurbished dwellings, a bare frame blackened by fire and smoke, and vacant homes still marked with scarlet colored spray paint, decorated the scene before us.

    As we spoke in hushed tones and surveyed new beginnings my eyes darted to a small figure frozen in anticipation on the neighboring lawn. I halted my daughter in mid sentence with one ghastly phrase, "Epiphany, that's Mikko." She screamed, "Where, Momma?"

    I stopped the car and rolled a window down. I called his name. The queerest look came over his face. I'll never forget it. It was as if he was searching his memory for a time when he didn't have to scrounge in a deserted, hurricane ravaged neighborhood for food and water, fend off predators, disease and harsh elements, and a lady and girl loved him, gave him a home and called him Mikko. He began to meow. Epiphany jumped out of the car and walked to him. He was skittish and untrusting but she kept calling his name. He threw himself to the ground and began squirming the way he would when he wanted someone to pet and scratch him. I sat in the car in total shock.

    It took us a while, but we got him into the car, calmed him down, drove 15 miles to get a cat carrier from my cousin, purchased cat food and a litter box from the only store open at 11:30 p.m. (Walgreens on Airline Hwy), and settled at a pet-friendly W Hotel located downtown. Whew! Thank God for Starwood points. The veterinarian gave him a clean bill of health the next morning, updated his vaccinations, and boarded him for us until we got back from Atlanta three days later. We drove Mikko back to Houston. He is adjusting well. He has been pretty jumpy, but I remember Gus reacted the same way when I rescued him after the storm.

    Oh yeah, Gus. Ummm… I think Gus had gotten adjusted to our house being a one-cat-home again. We adopted Gus one year before Mikko. He had always viewed Mikko as a disgusting little brother who followed him around and mimicked his every move. Mikko weighs about 9 lbs. At 17 lbs., Gus is almost double his size. It's been challenging to re-introduce them. But I believe Gus now realizes that Mikko is here to stay. Mikko has staked new territory – on a rug underneath my bed. He has also taken to prancing around on rooftops of houses in Houston, a feat that makes my daughter quite nervous, but one I'm sure he acquired during his tenure in post-hurricane New Orleans.

    Those of you reading this may or may not understand exactly what happened with [animal guardians] prior to Katrina. Many of them were not able to transport or evacuate their pets. I was one such [guardian]. I am an event manager. I had traveled to Miami on business the Wednesday before the storm. My daughter attends middle school in Orlando, Florida and had transitioned to her father's house at the beginning of August. Neither she, nor I were in New Orleans and our cats' care had been entrusted to my father and my friend. I was only to be gone away on business one week. Hurricane Katrina hit the coast of Miami on Thursday afternoon. I was there. It was accompanied by strong winds and rain.

    On Friday, as I perused the Weather Channel at my computer, I saw that Hurricane Katrina had re-entered the Gulf of Mexico on a northwestward path. I remember thinking nonchalantly, "That doesn't look good." I closed my computer to head out the door for a busy weekend of award show after-parties. I heard about residential panic in New Orleans in a casual call to a friend to rave about the celebrity presence in Miami. The news sent me into a tailspin. I called family and friends to gather information on their evacuation plan. I am the youngest of five children. My mother is deceased. I was told that my brother would pick up my father, and my sister would follow them in the vehicle with my sister-in-law and their kids. My sister and brother-in-law who have five kids were evacuating to Dallas. My brother who is a New Orleans Police Officer would stay behind to serve, protect and defend. His wife and kids had already evacuated to a small town 120 miles west of New Orleans. Everyone was busy preparing to leave. No one would take my cats.

    I am grateful my brother evacuated my father, a task that in my absence may have gone undone had it not been for his generosity. I am grateful that at my request he pulled open the attic staircase in my house. He also gathered my photos, memorabilia and computer hard drive and transported them in a plastic bag out of the city that would soon be submerged. I am however, most grateful for my friend Wendy, who stopped at my house to place all my cat food and a huge water-filled pot in the attic. She led the cats to the stairs to peak their curiosity thereby laying out the hurricane escape route the veterinarian would later say, "probably saved their lives." She and her family took refuge in the Federal Reserve Bank where her husband is employed.

    I am most grateful for Debbie, the animal control officer from Dallas who volunteered to rescue pets in New Orleans. I met her while searching for my cats at the pet shelter in Gonzales, Louisiana two and a half weeks after the disaster. She took my card. She went to my house. She climbed over the debris left from 5 feet of water to get to the aforementioned staircase, ascend and give me the news that my cats were not dead in the attic. Debbie called for my cats but they would not come at her calling. She also marked my house as an SPCA feeding post, and left a pail of fresh water and a large bag of cat food under the carport. I am grateful for each person who went to my house and called out my cats' names in an effort to rescue them for me. I am grateful for my neighbors, whoever they are, wherever they are, who continue to feed stray cats and dogs, separated from their loved ones by this horrific tragedy.

    And, I am most grateful for you who are reading this letter. You who sent my missing cat messages to everyone in your email list. You, who forwarded pictures, initiated rescue efforts, searched Petfinder listings and reports, reunited families and pets, fostered pets, facilitated adoptions and you, who prayed for the safe return, rescue, or care of the animals affected by the disaster in the Gulf Coast region. May God bless you and keep you. Yvette, Epiphany, Gus and Mikko

    Drained From Katrina, ARF Cries Out For Help

    Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF)
    771 Holcombe Avenue
    Mobile, AL 36605
    shelter phone: 251-478-9743

    Julia Fischer,
    cell: 251-455-9377, 251-645-8605

    Donna Dickson,
    cell: 251-510-0227

    View Animals: ~ Petfinder

    When Katrina struck, ferocious winds tossed buildings and cars like toys. Levees collapsed, drowning New Orleans. Many were unaware of Katrina's impact on lower Alabama. Bayou Labatre areas were wiped out and Mobile residents evacuated. Kinship Circle united with ARF in Mobile, AL under the banner: Grassroots Effort For Animals Of The Storm. With Mobile as our base, we dispatched supplies and volunteers to nearly 80 rescue missions across LA, MS, TX and AL. ARF also shelters hurricane-displaced animals.

    Many are on our email list as a result of Kinship/ARF work in post-storm months. ARF's Julia Fischer and Kinship's Brenda Shoss mobilized everything from crates, leashes and food to vaccines, generators, and people. ARF worked tirelessly to save animals in other storm states. Now, ARF needs your support.

    Needed: Food, Transports, Adopters
    • Dog Food/Cat Food
    • Puppy Food/Kitten Food
    • Cat Litter: Non-dusty brands
    • Transports to no-kill facilities or homes
    • Adopters so we can rescue more animals from hurricane-stressed LA and MS

    Most animals come to ARF debilitated and malnourished, They need high-quality food such as Science Diet, Pro Plan, Holistic/Vegan, etc. Tell us approx size/weight of donations (for storage) and have references for transports.

    Post-storm donations paid for direct animal aid in MS, LA and TX. ARF spent thousands to maintain our Mobile storage facility. When donations faded, they gave their own supplies to hurricane rescue.

    ARF saved nothing for itself. Even funds to rehab their ARFanage wound up with Katrina/Rita animals. "How could we NOT give away our savings," Julia asks, "when animals faced such a bleak fate?"

    The Science Diet shelter program originally donated food to ARF, which freed up funds to vet, rehab, house and kennel. But Science Diet claims LA/MS shelters need food more and has since removed ARF from its needy-shelter list. With daily care for 200-300 animals, this has devastated ARF. Animals are in dire straits as ARF struggles.
    Adopters! Fosters! Contact ARF
    ARF can provide photos/bios for all animals and provide references from past groups who will attest the group's high standards. ARF will attempt to meet rescue groups part way or arrange a transport. ARF actively pulls from kill shelters and sends only vetted, altered, HW-negative, FeLV-negative, microchipped animals. Most are house broken, kennel-trained. Many are obedience trained as well. Because dogs and cats are in foster care or at the ARFanage, ARF knows each animal personally.

    7/22/06, Julia Fischer  ~  We are Mobile's only true no-kill group and the sole rescue that accepts pit bulls and pit mixes, as well as aged, wounded, debilitated, HW-positive, etc. We do not euthanize anyone, unless the animal is beyond medical help. We are 100% volunteers and exist solely from donations and fundraisers. ARF is a proud part of Maddie's spay/neuter program.

    Heat Warning: When Dogs Are In Danger

    PARADE Magazine, By Sarah Wilson and Brian Kilcommons  ~  On Fourth of July evening, Hogar, a 16-month-old bulldog, went outside for a game of catch. It wasn't especially hot in their Detroit suburb. But, with the humidity high, Hogar panted fiercely as he chased a Frisbee. After about 15 minutes, Hogar came inside, drank some water and flopped onto the floor. No one thought much of it. Then Vicki Hodgson (Hogar's grandma, as it were) noticed his chest was heaving, his mouth was gaping and his eyes were brick-red. Hogar was in serious trouble.

    How Dogs Handle Heat: This summer, record high temps zapped energy from people and pets. For dogs, heat stroke is common. "Once a dog's body temperature reaches 107," warns Dr. Eric Hartelius, a New York veterinarian, "the cells of the body start to come apart. There is hope if we get to the animal quickly. But the longer and hotter they are, the less hope there is."

    Dogs don't have an efficient system for handling heat, and most don't think to decrease energy levels as temperatures rise. While humans sweat all over, dogs pant to evaporate moisture from the tongue and inside the mouth. And since they pant often, even when not overheated, most [guardians] fail to recognize the problem.

    Signs A Dog Dangerously Overheated: A dog's mouth is his air-conditioning system. Danger signals emerge as soon as he turns that air conditioner on high. Panting becomes very fast and the mouth opens wide to allow maximum air flow. The tongue hangs low, widens and thins out to create as much surface area as possible, while the gums, eyes and tongue may turn brick-red as blood rushes to the area. Also look for wide, panicky eyes, stumbling, restlessness, unresponsiveness, and refusal of food and water.

    Any dog can get overheated, but the most susceptible are overweight, have a heavy coat or a big body (bullmastiff, Rottweiler, some Labradors) or are excitable and anxious. Short-nosed breeds (bulldogs, boxers and pugs) have especially poor cooling systems.

    We caretakers must be mindful of our dogs' vulnerabilities. "Every year, well-intentioned [guardians] jog their dogs to death," says Beth Lockwood, executive director of the SPCA of Pinellas County in Florida. "Dogs get into trouble when heat and humidity climb. We advise exercising dogs very early or very late."
    If Your Dog Is Too Hot…

    • Get him indoors or in the shade, in a cool place immediately.

    • Wet him down with a hose or wet towels. Really wet. Focus on hairless areas, especially belly and mouth. Exchange drying towels for newly wetted, cool towels.

    • Increase evaporation. Fans and air conditioning help. Do not put a hot, wet dog in a crate. That creates a life-threatening sauna effect.

    • Cool, not cold. Skip ice. It contracts blood vessels and locks in body heat. You risk cooling too fast.

    • Let him drink frequently, in small amounts. If he won't drink, wet his mouth down often.

    • Get to veterinarian! This is an emergency. Without medical aid, overheated dogs can die.
    Remain Vigilant. Even in the fall when heat subsides, danger remains — especially if your pet is in the car. Recently, a dog almost died in the Houston, TX SPCA parking lot. "It was the last thing the [guardian] would have wanted," says Patricia Mercer, shelter president. "She parked in shade with windows cracked open." Yet in 10 minutes inside car temps rose to 118 degrees. Swift action by SPCA staff saved the dog.

    Similarly, Grandma Vicki responded rapidly when she realized Hogar the bulldog was in trouble. "I immediately got cold, wet towels and started wrapping him," she recalls. "I switched the towels when they stopped feeling cold. I concentrated on his belly and around his neck and chest. Now and then, I scooped a handful of water and put it in his mouth."

    Vicki may well have saved Hogar's life. Your own care may save your pet. Pay attention to changes in your dog's habits and actions. Those behaviors can tell you a lot, now that you know the signs. Authors are noted animal experts, trainers and lecturers.

    Veterinary Aid When Animal Care Is Pricey

    NOLA Animal Forums  ~  Support organizations for animal [guardians] who cannot afford vet care:

    Feline Veterinary Emergency Assistance: Seniors, people with disabilities or unemployed, Good Samaritans… may need financial aid to save a beloved animal. Feline Veterinary Emergency Assistance is a 501c3 nonprofit that provides financial support to cat and kitten guardians unable to afford vet services when life-threatening illness or injury strikes their companions.

    IMOM: Helping people help pets. To better the lives of sick, injured and abused companion animals. We are dedicated to insure that no companion animal has to be euthanized simply because their caretaker is financially challenged.

    The Pet Fund: A registered 501c3 nonprofit that financially assists [guardians] of domestic animals who need urgent veterinary care. Often animals are put down or suffer needlessly because their [guardians] cannot afford surgery or emergency vet visits. The Pet Fund's purpose is to work for a future where companion animal medical decisions are never based on cost alone.

    United Animal Nations - RedRover Relief Fund: Economic hardship can prevent care for the animals people love. RedRover Relief Program offers: Financial aid grants so [animal guardians], Good Samaritans and rescuers can care for animals who need urgent veterinary care. An easy online application and quick approval process. Resources for [animal guardians] struggling with economic hardship. Resources for victims of domestic violence.

    UK Aid For Veterinary Bills: Most of us can cope with the financial commitment involved in the day to day care of our pets. However, many break out in a cold sweat when an ill or injured pet needs to see the vet. Some, who love their animals dearly, cannot afford it. There are a few charities that may be able to help…

    T. Boone Pickens Rides To The Rescue Again

    Time Inc. By Cathy Booth Thomas  ~  Texas oilman and rancher T. Boone Pickens grabbed headlines after Hurricane Katrina by airlifting 800 abandoned dogs and cats out of the storm zone. Now he's gone to Capitol Hill to fight for another of man's best friends, the horse. Lassoed by wife Madeleine, Pickens is pressing to pass a national law that bans horse slaughter for human consumption in foreign countries. He has plenty of opposition to the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act. "I don't like it," says Pickens, "and I'm going to do everything I can to stop it."

    Pickens, who owns a ranch in West Texas, says over 100,000 U.S. horses are slaughtered yearly for consumption as a delicacy by diners in Europe, mostly France and Belgium, and Japan. Horses are killed at one of three plants, two in Texas and one in Illinois, all owned by a Belgian entrepreneur. "We don't eat horsemeat here, so it does seem peculiar that someone from Belgium owns the kill plant and the meat is sent to Europe," he says. "Why not in their own countries? Why come to America to do the dirty deal?"

    Pickens, best known as founder of BP Capital and Mesa Petroleum, admits horse slaughter was not high on his agenda until his wife Madeleine, who raises thoroughbred horses, got involved. Kaufman, TX mayor Paula Bacon's jurisdiction includes the Dallas Crown plant. "She told me the kill plant had $12 million in gross revenues and only pays $5 in taxes but clogs the sewage system." A court ordered the plant to shut down by Sept 30 for failure to pay fines. Pickens is equally riled that U.S. Agriculture spends millions in taxpayer dollars to oversee equine kill plants (Dallas Crown, plus Beltex Corporation in Fort Worth, and Cavel International in DeKalb, IL) — even though horsemeat is banned in the U.S. He says: "It's incredible to me that our money is wasted on meat shipped overseas."

    Pickens, a major Republican contributor, called his rep, Republican Joe Barton of Texas, and alerted him to the issue — only to find out that many old buddies were pro-slaughter, including Texas Southwest Cattlemen's Association, Texas A&M Extension Service and former Democratic Congressman Charlie Stenholm, who was hired as a lobbyist by slaughter proponents. "Somebody is putting money into this for a lobbyist to be on it," says Pickens. He warned Barton that people were worked up over the issue. So Barton called a House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee hearing (proponents contend that a ban on horse slaughter for food violates commerce laws).

    Even more outrageous to Pickens is that many sellers have no idea their horses are slaughtered for food. "They think their horse will go to some nice family. But when killer-buyers purchase at auction, it's just a matter of hours before the horse is slaughtered," he says. Opponents claim that many horses sold are young foals, along with old racehorses and summer camp ponies. When California voted by referendum in 1998 to ban horse slaughter, Pickens notes that horse theft fell by 34%. "You know they kill a lot of stolen horses." Surveys show a public majority oppose horse slaughter. The issue is rarely publicized, "America's dirty little secret," Pickens says.

    The Texas oilman, 78, hopes his wife's passion for horses turns out as well as her push to get animals out of New Orleans after Katrina. Of 800 animals airlifted out after the storm, he says over 70% have since been reunited with [guardians]. If he had been told to leave his dog, Murdock, behind in the storm waters, "I'd yell at them to pitch me an inner tube, and I'd take my chances with Murdock." Is this is a kinder, gentler Pickens than we're used to seeing? He laughs and says, "That side has always been there. Just unrecognized by some people."

    Kinship Circle Slammed In Bizarre Web Attack

    Original Post About Kinship Circle
    ► 7/26/06, From Kerrin Winter-Churchill on karensrescuelist  ~  Cougy, if you want to eliminate animals in our society, keep Kinship circle on your list. If you are pro animal and would like to continue to own a cat, then I would reccomend removing Kinship Circle. This is an extremist group that would like to see a day when none of us can own an animal. We can all see them on TV when we watch the History channel. That's the only place they will be able to be found. Kerrin Winter Churchill,

    About Kerrin Winter Churchill
    ►  ~  Kerrin has trained, hunted with, bred and shown dogs since she was a child in the late 1960s. In her spare time, she breeds and shows ponies and dogs. Her deepest passion is for a beautiful animal that can perform its' heritage function and so, the Churchill family is busy training gorgeous English Cocker Spaniels for Hunt Tests while their beautiful championship Welsh Ponies are schooled for driving and jumping. Kerrin Winter Churchill is a member in good standing of:

    American Society of Media Photographers
    English Cocker Spaniel Club of America
    Buckeye Retriever Club
    Welsh Pony and Cob Society of America
    Western Reserve Carriage Driving Assoc
    Cuyahoga County Agricultural Preservation
    Cuyahoga County Farm Bureau

    Replies And Feedback
    ► 7/27/06 From: Kinship Circle  ~  Dear Kerrin Winter Churchill: As founder of Kinship Circle, I can assure you we are not an "extremist group" that wants "to see a day when none of us can own [sic] an animal." I am not sure what your source of information is, but it is frightening to know society contains people like yourself who believe in stereotypes with no basis in reality.

    I have nothing to hide: I'm a Midwest mom to a 5-year old boy. I'm also mom to many dogs and cats. My house with eight or more fur-kids (as some pass, others are adopted) is filled with love. If you know where to find these extremists set to ban animal family members, please let me know. They should most definitely be stopped.

    My beloved dog Stanley, who died this past Christmas, inspired Kinship Circle and my decision to live vegan. I do not proselytize. I only share what I learn with others in educational formats (educational materials, alerts, disaster aid). No one is forced to participate. Choices are autonomous, as they should be, or they have no meaning for the person who makes them.

    Lastly, you are apparently unaware of Kinship Circle's ongoing involvement in Gulf Coast animal relief. I hope I've allayed your fears. Brenda Shoss, Kinship Circle

    Stanley - July 2, 1991 to December 27, 2005
    An Awakening And Inspiration  ~  The unceremonious moment occurred in my living room as I watched HBO's To Love Or Kill: Man Versus Animal. During the "Kill" part of the documentary, my world stopped. I clung to my Lhasa Apsa, Stanley, and my orange tabby, Tikvah. For some reason, I looked into Stanley's eyes for an answer. What I found was a soul, endless and deep. All the tumult, pain, joy, courage and stamina of the animal kingdom spoke to me through this little creature's eyes. That night, long forgotten cries crushed my indifference. Billions of nameless deaths walked through my apartment. I was awake. I was alive. And my life would never be the same.

    ► 7/27/06 From: Carol  ~  Winston, put the crack pipe down and clear your head. You are so far off the mark, it's not worth debate. You need to seriously research this site and then apologize. Carol (Jeez, I must have caught some fumes off Kerrin's pipe or bong, because I called her "Winston!")

    ► 7/27/06 From: Eric Rice  ~  Ha, Ha. Must be some kind of extremist herself. Hey Kerrin, I am a CEO and "own" 17 dogs and a bird. I grew up hunting and I eat meat. I think we should treat animals (and people) better in our society. I have never seen a single item in Kinship Circle newsletters that was extremist or said you should not have a pet unless you abuse or neglect such. I'd say 90% of newsletters are about animals who need help and how to get them that help. You have bad info. Go after some other group and apologize. Regards, Eric Rice

    ► 7/27/06 From: Hopeful Haven Equine Rescue, HHERO  ~  You are so wrong about Kinship Circle. As a lead hurricane relief group for horses and cows, I can tell you that Kinship Circle went over and above for us to get critical supplies to ravaged areas and keep animals alive. Not just us. They did the same for all Gulf rescue groups. You owe Brenda an apology. We couldn't have done it without Kinship Circle!

    ► 7/28/06 From: Denise Wilson  ~  Dear Kerrin Winter-Churchhill, Your remarks about Kinship circle are bogus, without merit. I have worked with Brenda for some time now. Because of her and Kinship Circle there are many animals curled up beside their guardians now who would have been killed and tossed in landfills at best.

    During Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, Brenda instrumentally networked supplies and hands-on help vital to devastated areas. I am not sure where you're located, but I am in Texas, about one hour from the Louisiana boarder. I can tell you from firsthand experience, these catastrophes leave everlasting impacts. Not only do we still harbor animal storm victims, but we also harbor our region's own animals, disposed of to make room for hurricane rescues.

    Your remarks about Kinship Circle are ridiculous and I'd like to see where you came up with the idea they are extremist. Kinship Circle is always first to circulate action alerts about issues and injustices against animals. I am shocked at your statements and would like to know your sources.
    Thank you, Denise Wilson
    ► 7/28/06 From: Julia Fisher, ARF  ~  Dear Kerrin, I do not usually get involved with email "boomerang" writing, particularly when it comes to animal issues. Things get hot. Lines get hazy. We all believe in what we personally do for animals. I know you are a caring animal lover as well, or you would not have taken your precious time to voice your opinions and concerns.

    I'd like to bend your ear for a moment and tell my tale of Kinship Circle. I'm an active member of Animal Rescue Foundation in Mobile, Alabama. We are a 501c3 nonprofit and the only true no-kill group here, 100% volunteer-driven. I was first introduced to Brenda and Kinship Circle the day after Katrina struck here. We worked day and night tirelessly on the Hurricane animal relief you know all about. What I would like to emphasize is that I had investigated her and Kinship Circle before I allied myself with them. This much I knew: They are credible, well informed, passionate, dynamic, capable of accomplishing big things with small numbers, articulate, have a gorgeous website and powerful allies who believe in their causes. I know most of them are vegans/vegetarians and had thought of the possibility that they could be one of those "extremist" groups — those willing to create mayhem and disorder in the name of saving animals in mayhem and disorder themselves.

    But Kinship Circle was willing to help when others would not. And more than just a little. In mammoth proportions. I love animals, but I also love people. I am 44-years old and have been in the medical field for more than 25 years. I walk a strange tightrope. I have rescued creatures since I was a kid, trying to nurse back flies that boys had ripped the wings off of. My family showed Collies and German Shepherds and rode horses competitively for years. I am an omnivore and due to ovarian cancer two years ago, forced into a horrible dilemma. I have to take Premarin! I was quiet when they told me I had cancer, but screamed and cried like a madwoman when I had to choose to take Premarin (from your email address, I am guessing you are a horse lover too, so you can appreciate my quandary) I try to somehow make up for [taking Premarin, made from urine of abused mares sold to slaughter, with their colts, when spent] by saving animals. A horrible justification, but one I have to make.

    Then I came to know Brenda Shoss and Kinship Circle people. They bed-and-breakfasted at my home in droves on the way to and from New Orleans. None of them ever questioned my different life style, my choices, my meals. They were not only gracious and grateful, they befriended my family and I with open acceptance, no sermons or weird looks. My husband and I looked forward to their return visits from New Orleans. We even gave them pet names.

    When I told Brenda about my eating and Premarin habits, she just told me, "Thank you for trusting me with private things about you. How can I judge you when you haven't judged me?". She became "real" to me with those words. She cared about people, as well as animals.

    They were all warm, open and loving. They love all animals, and faced horrible post-Katrina New Orleans to save them. Each came back exhausted, elated that they had somehow helped. They were all realists, not on pink cotton candy clouds dreaming that everyone will live on tofu and hummus. They just want to try to make changes for what they believe in with all of their hearts, while allowing others the freedom to do the same. They saw the good in me, not the Premarin or the steak in my freezer. For them, I stashed vegan yummies right next to my husband's Slim Jims. They never blinked an eye as they grabbed Bumble Bars and ran.

    Brenda Shoss and Kinship Circle accept. They don't label. What did I find out about Kinship Circle? They are just like me. Thanks for listening, Kerrin. I know you are a kind soul. How can you not be? You love animals. I applaud your actions on behalf of animals, but please note that I believe you are mistaken as I was.
    Julia Fischer, ARF Mobile

    ► 7/27/06 From: Gretchen Sauder  ~  Dear Kerrin, In regard to your public claim that Kinship Circle hopes to outlaw citizens from having pets, I wonder where you get your information. It is absurd and I think you owe an apology.

    I am appalled that you'd even "go there" and insult her well-meaning intentions as director of a national group involved in helping Katrina animals from the overcrowding and death sentences they still face in LA and MS. Shelters are filled down there, without enough people to even run cities and towns. Animals run loose and breed. People try to feed and trap them, it is a huge problem. Relocating [Gulf Coast] animals to shelters across America has opened our eyes to overcrowding everywhere and the fate that means for animals.

    I've been involved in Katrina since day one. I live in Houston, TX where all the evacuees came, so I think I can speak very intelligently about this matter. Brenda Shoss is doing a fine job of keeping it together for a group of volunteers who have helped ALL the victims of Katrina.

    The internet is both a dangerous and good thing, but I would be very careful about who and what you say as it gets passed around. Like the telephone game, words get completely turned upside down. I don't know why animal groups battle each other when our shared mission is to protect animals and to act responsibly with fact-based knowledge. It is not productive to display anger and insults toward another group. Groups ought to work together on ideas to aid animals, especially in areas our government fails them [in disasters and in a shelter system that kills beautiful beings by the millions].

    People who career breed animals should re-think this matter before they criticize those of us who cannot bear the homeless, starving, dumped and killed animals in every city. You obviously have not visited enough shelters, or learned about horse slaughter going on in this country. But I suspect you are better informed now.
    Gretchen Sauder, Houston, Texas

    Gretchen asked Kinship Circle to note that she has suspended her networking role for personal reasons, and refers Kinship Circle as a source for Gulf Coast animal news.