Hurricane Katrina

When 3 years…
equal a lifetime

Still Loved.
Forever Missed.
Never Again.

And with your eyes,
they were seen.

With your voice,
they were heard.

With your hands,
they felt comfort.

With your resolve,
they were reunited.

With your heart,
they found new homes.

With your mercy,
they knew love before death.
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Register To Volunteer For Animals In Disasters

Learn More And Register For Kinship Circle Disaster Animal Response Team

  • Search and Rescue

  • FEMA Certifications

  • Disaster Sheltering: Animal Care, Feed, Groom, First Aid, Hygiene…

  • Veterinary Training, Skills, Experience

  • Animal Transport

  • Shelter-In-Place Food/Water Delivery

  • Photography, Video, Documentation

  • Computer/Coordination: Reports, Spreadsheets, Mapping Programs…

  • Supplies Procurement, Inventory, Organization, Distribution

  • Team players who follow FEMA ICS and Kinship Circle protocols.

  • Self-sustainability and common sense in rugged post-disaster settings.
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Kinship Circle Disaster Responder George McKeehan leads his team in animal rescue at Thailand floods, Bangkok

Kinship Circle Disaster Responder George McKeehan at Thailand floods, Bangkok. George led the first team on the ground and coordinated construction of a disaster shelter made with bamboo poles, tents and tarps. (c) Kinship Circle Disaster Animal Response Team, Thailand Floods

  1. Katrina Anniversary Events

    Contact: Humane Society of Louisiana, Jeff Dorson

    Friday August 29, 2008
    10:00am - 12:00pm: Katrina Animal Memorial Dedication
    City of New Orleans Council Chambers  •  1300 Perdido Street

    Join us to unveil the nation's first memorial statue honoring animals lost in Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. In New Orleans City Council chambers, Councilwoman Stacy Head will accept the statue on behalf of the city. We've commissioned well-known artist, Mr. Richard Chashoudian. An invocation will be read along with a special reading by Ed Kostro, poet and author.

    Authors Read Passages From Their Works
    Jenny Pavlovic, 8 State Hurricane Kate, Legacy of a Katrina Cattle Dog
    Mamou, children's story, Kreasy and Katrina
    Theresa D. Thompson, Dogs Gone Wild, After Hurricane Katrina

    Honorary Awards Go To
    Garo Alexanian, Amanda and Marty St. John of MuttShack Animal Rescue, Shannon and Mark Martin, Brenda Shoss of Kinship Circle… and more, for their collective work during the storm and beyond.

    12:00 - 2:00pm: Memorial Luncheon
    Special Vegetarian Luncheon At Astor Crowne Plaza Hotel
    • 739 Canal Street, near the French Quarter
    • $25.00 (includes tax and gratuity)
    • Order luncheon tickets via email: or online

    Lunchtime Speakers Include
    Wendy Diamond, editor and founder of Animal Fair Magazine
    Debrah Schnackenberg, Animal Services Director, American Humane
    Frances Hayward, Founder of the Amigo Foundation…And more!

    2:30 - 4:00pm: Caravan Tour Of City
    We'll form a caravan to tour the city and visit the Lower 9th Word and Chalmette, some of the hardest hit areas in post-Katrina New Orleans.

    9:00pm: Benefit Concert & Fundraiser!
    Tipitina's and Zeus' Place: A Night For Humane Society Of Louisiana
    Featuring Billy Luso & Restless Natives / "Funk Rock from the Big Easy"
    $10 at the door only, dogs welcome!

    Tipitina's Uptown  •  501 Napoleon Avenue
    From I-10 merge onto Highway 90 and take the Tchoupitoulas exit. Turn right onto Tchoupitoulas, continuing until it intersects Napoleon Avenue. Club is on the right at 501 Napoleon. Parking is available at Sav-A-Center. Get Map

  2. Saturday August 30, 2008
    Animal Shelter Open Houses In NOLA Area
    Check HSL website for list of shelters. Check Katrina Memorial program for times shelters will be open.

    5:00 - 7:00pm: Yappy Hour Cocktail Party
    Ritz-Carlton New Orleans  •  921 Canal Street  •  New Orleans, LA 70112
    Tickets: $35 / Join Wendy Diamond and Lucky, CBS Greatest American Dog Judges and Katrina Pet Memorial Fund Chairs. Proceeds to HSLA.

  3. Sunday August 31, 2008
    1:00 - 4:00pm: Open House At HSLA's Camp Katrina
    115 Obed Magee Road  •  Tylertown, MS  •  601-876-2781

  4. Support Humane Society Of Louisiana Recovery
    Sponsor The Katrina Pet Memorial Statue: Humane groups and individuals may sponsor this historic statue. Names of donors that give over a certain level will be engraved on a plaque alongside the statue, on permanent display. Contact Jeff Dorson to ask about sponsorship levels.

    Donate To Ongoing Care Of Animals Left Homeless By Katrina: HSLA still cares for more than 100 animals made homeless by Hurricane Katrina.
    Humane Society of Louisiana
    P.O. Box 740321  •  New Orleans, LA 70174
    Or donate via PayPal: