Hurricane Katrina
Missing/Found Animals

USA Shelters With Hurricane Rescued Animals

  1. Visit the ASPCA Resources for Reuniting page to download the Adobe Acrobat file located under Shelters Housing Animals, the last section.

  2. Also try these hurricane rescue and reunion resources:
    Petfinder Network
    Pet Amber Alert
    Pet Harbor
    No Animal Left Behind
    Stealth Volunteers
    Katrina Animal Reunion Team

Get Word To Rescuers On The Ground

Animal Rescue New Orleans  ~  Jane Garrison, Pia Salk

Kinship Circle Disaster Animal Response Team  ~  Brenda Shoss

Winn Dixie/Grass Roots Animal Rescue  ~  562-696-3769, Lauri Wetzler
Richard Crook 248-939-0832

MuttShack Animal Rescue  ~  Sharon Gorski, 877-727-9343
Sharon can forward missing pet reports directly to MuttShack rescue units operating out of Lake Castle School, 8400 Hayne Blvd, in New Orleans. Contact her with complete information about the animal(s) and his/her caretakers.

Best Friends Animal Society  ~  435-644-3965 ext. 4455. Contact Best Friends, operating out of Tylertown, to report lost or found animals. At present, Best Friends is working with Iberia Humane Society. Permission slips are required to enter closed homes to retrieve animals. Fax Written Permission To Attn: Iberia Humane Society, Best Friends, Kelsey Rivera, Dr. Eric White. We may not rescue together each time, so make sure all 4 get permission to break into homes. fax: 337-828-4319
337-560-0003,, Dr. White

Louisiana SPCA  ~  LSPCA Emergency Rescue Line: 1-225-647-0712. More numbers to try: 225-578-6111, 888-773-6481, Laura Mahoney cell: 225-413-8813

LSU School of Veterinary Medicine  ~  To report stranded or found animals: (in Louisiana) 888-773-6489, (outside Louisiana) 225-925-3980. Missing Pet Information: The LSU Veterinarian's Office is coordinating information about animals stranded in Louisiana.

Kelsey Rivera Rescue  ~, 337-519-5239.
She will get your animals.

Nathalie Yafet  ~, 908-354-2537. Networks rescuers with boats and access in New Orleans area. She helped arrange rescue of Spike, an 11-year-old Yorkie who survived more than two weeks in a flooded apartment.

Tim Gorski  ~  954-673-5331. As of 9/19/05 Tim has volunteered at Winn-Dixie staging area with a boat for water rescue. Tim travels back and forth from his Florida home and may be able to help while on the water or connect you with another rescuer. See Tim's field notes and photos in The Forgotten Ones.

Lilla Whitehead  ~  Email stranded or missing animal information to:, 225-753-8462, home: 225-753-8462.

Pets & Animals In Distress  ~, 954-202-9991. Will pass trapped-animal information to affiliate relief organizations, shelters, volunteers.

Can Rescue Uptown  ~  Meda Colvin, 1323 Burdette, 504-319-8578. She is staying, has a generator, and credentials to get in and out of town freely. She can feed pets in accessible homes. Please offer to compensate costs. No requests to look at houses. Becky 917-250-8576

Need Cat Rescue?  ~  Contact Alley Cat Allies: 240-482-1997,

NOLA Paramedics Are Going House To House  ~  919-259-0281

Found On CraigsList  ~  Pass On Info About Your Pet: 617-921-1411. If you have seen or heard, or read or know of any dogs, cats etc. stranded in New Orleans please contact me at 617-921-1411. I can pass this information on to someone currently driving around in New Orleans saving stranded pets and bringing them to a shelter. Leave a detailed message with regards to the location of your animal(s) and I will pass this information on. Kate

It's Worth A Try  ~  Johnny White's Pub & Grill, 504-581-9200, 718 Bourbon St  /  New Orleans, LA 70116. There are people there with boats who may help rescue your pet (private citizens).

Animal Shelters

To find shelters in any area of the country, go to PetFinder. Enter city, state or postal code for list of shelters/rescue. Available contact information is listed below. Kinship Circle cannot guarantee working phones or email.

Louisiana State University (LSU)
For animals who may be at shelter: 225-578-6111
To report stranded or found animals in Louisiana: 888-773-6489
Outside Louisiana: 225-925-3980
Missing animal information:

Best Friends In Tylertown, MS
Best Friends Hurricane Relief Center at the St. Francis Animal Sanctuary
97 Obed Magee Road  /  Tylertown, MS 39667
Kathi McDermott: 435-644-3965 #4406,

Humane Society Of Louisiana Emergency Shelter In Tylertown
115 Obed Maggee Road  /  Tylertown, MS 39667
Next to St. Francis Animal Sanctuary
Jeff Dorson, Shelter Director: 901-268-4432, in Tylertown: 601-876-2781
Jen Daley, Katrina Adoptions Coordinator:

Noah's Wish, Slidell Emergency Shelter
1325 Bayou Lane (next to Heritage Park)  /  Slidell, LA)  /  985-656-4267
NoahNoah's Wish Foundation: 530-622-9313
pagers: 877-575-0128 or 800-746-9390,

Greater New Orleans Metro Parishes
Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Charles
St. James, St. John, St. Tammany

Jefferson Parish Animal Shelter
East Bank Location
#1 Humane Way  /  Jefferson, LA 70123
504-736-6111, fax: 504-736-8729
West Bank Location
1869 Ames Blvd  /  Marrero, LA 70072

Louisiana SPCA
1700 Mardi Gras Blvd  /  New Orleans, LA 70114
504-368-5191, fax: 504-368-3710,
Lost and Found: 504-762-3319
Humane Law Enforcement: 504-368-5191 #100

Plaquemines Animal Welfare Society
PAWS, 455 F. Edward Hebert  /  Belle Chasse, LA 70037

St. Bernard Animal Shelter
5455 E Judge Perez Drive  /  Violet, LA, 70092

St. Charles Parish Animal Shelter
921 Rue La Cannes Drive  /  Luling, LA 70070

St. John Parish Shelter
488 W 2nd Street  /  Laplace, LA 70068
rescue volunteer Dina Becnel: 985-210-9422

St. Tammany Humane Society
20384 Harrison Avenue  /  Covington, LA 70433

St. Tammany Parish Animal Services
31078 Hwy. 36  /  Lacombe, LA 70445
985-809-0183, fax: 985-871-4507

Southeast Louisiana Parishes
Ascension, Assumption, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberville, Lafourche, Livingston, Pointe Coupee, St. James, St. John the Baptist, St. Charles, St. Helena, Tangipahoa, Terrebonne, Washington, West Feliciana, West Baton Rouge

Ascension Animal Control
9894 Airline Hwy  /  Sorrento, LA 70778  /  225-675-6557

Capital Area Animal Welfare
6357 Quinn Drive  /  Baton Rouge, LA 70817

LA Dept of Agriculture & Forestry
Commissioner Bob Odom  /  100 North Ardenwood  /  Baton Rouge, LA 70806

Tangipahoa Parish Animal Control
15487 W Club Deluxe Road  /  Hammond, LA 70403
Betsy Pittman: 985-543-0215, 985-429-1877,

Tangi Humane Society
46219 River Road  /  Hammond, LA 70401

Terrebonne Parish Animal Shelter
131 Plant Road  /  Houma, Louisiana

Denham Springs Animal Control Shelter
600 Bowman Street #C  /  Denham Springs, LA 70726

Southwest Louisiana Parishes
Acadia, Allen, Avoyelles, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, Evangeline, Iberia, Jefferson Davis, Lafayette, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Mary, and Vermillion

Lafayette Animal Aid
Acadiana's No-Kill Animal Rescue
142 Le Medicin Road  /  Carencro, LA 70520

Abbeville, Louisiana
Joelle Rupert home: 337-893-0235, cell: 337-277-4239
For anyone in Abbeville area who needs housing for their pets and themselves.

Animal Rescue Foundation Of Lafayette
151 Domengeaux Street  /  Breaux Bridge, LA 70517

Lafayette Parish Animal Control
613 W Pont Des Mouton Road  /  Lafayette, LA 70507

Blackham Coliseum
Blackham Coliseum: 337-265-2100
444 Cajundome Blvd  /  Lafayette, LA 70506
The Cajundome shelter is for humans only. Pets are housed at Blackham Coliseum, one block from the Cajundome at corner of Cajundome Blvd. and Johnston St.
Dr. Renee Perrier, veterinarian in charge of Homeland Security setup for the animals: 101 Idlewood Blvd  /  Lafayette, LA; 337-981-8387

Calcasieu Parish Animal Services
5500 A Swift Plant Road  /  Lake Charles, LA 70615
David Marcantel: 337-439-8879,
Pets accepted: Calcasieu Parish Animal Services, Lake Charles Civic Center.

Iberia Parish Animal Shelter
2017 Seaway Access Road  /  New Iberia, LA 70560  /  337-364-6311

AngelPaws Of Iberia
1314 Troy Road  /  New Iberia, LA 70563  /  337-365-1923

St. Mary's Humane Society
10905 Highway 182 Bldg B  /  Franklin, Louisiana  /  337-828-4646
Shelter under construction, but available and functional for animals. Rescue groups must supply volunteers to care for animals. In Franklin, LA about 100 miles SW of New Orleans. 1.5 hours drive time.
Contact Kelsey Rivera: 37-519-5239,

Central/Northeast Louisiana Parishes
Allen, Beauregard, Catahoula, Concordia, East Carroll, Franklin, LaSalle, Vernon, Madison, Morehouse, Ouachita, Richland, Tensas, Union, West Carroll

Humane Society Of Central Louisiana
Cenla Alliance for Animals  /  P.O. Box 8641  /  Alexandria, LA 71301
Michelle Boothe: 318-623-9013,
Keri Toth: 318-715-8684,

Humane Society Of West Louisiana
19301 Lake Charles Hwy  /  DeRidder, LA 70634

Humane Society Of Monroe
920 Freight Drive  /  Monroe, LA 71203
Danine: 318-387-9553,

Central/Northwest Louisiana Parishes
Bienville, Bossier, Caddo, Claiborne, DeSoto, Grant, Jackson, Lincoln, Natchitoches, Rapides, Red River, Sabine, Webster, Winn, Vernon

Hopeful Haven Equine Rescue Organization
Shreveport, Louisiana
Debra Barlow: 318-286-3116,
Space available for people evacuating with their horses. If evacuees have an RV or living quarters in their horse trailer, they will be able to stay with their horses.

Northwest Louisiana Humane Society
2544 Linwood Avenue  /  Shreveport, LA 71103
Nancy: 318-219-7387, 504-366-8972

Louisiana Red Cross That Allows Pets
NW Louisiana Chapter, Michelle Davidson: 318-865-9545

Caddo Commission Animal Services
1500 Monty Street  /  Shreveport, LA 71107
318-226-6624, emergency: 318-226-6801
fax: 318-429-7676,

Mississippi Resident Hot Line

Humane Society Of South Mississippi
2615 25th Ave  /  Gulfport, MS 39501
Tara High, Acting Executive Director:

Pearl River County SPCA
1700 Palestine Rd  /  Picayune, MS 39466

Mississippi Spay And Neuter Alliance
1418 33rd Avenue  /  Gulfport, MS 39501

Gulf Coast SPCA
P.O. Box 1664  /  Gautier, MS 39553  /  228-872-5659

Greater Birmingham Humane Society
Melissa Hull, operations director:
Jackie, Melissa: 205-942-1211, 205-290-0055, 205-682-8894

Animal Rescue Foundation Mobile
6140 Rangeline Rd  /  Theodore, AL 36582

Houston SPCA
900 Portway Drive  /  Houston, TX 77024
Heidi Brasher, Community Outreach Manager: 713-802-0555

Humane Society Of North Texas
1840 E. Lancaster Ave  /  Fort Worth, TX 76103  /  817-332-4768

Austin Humane Society
West Anderson Lane, Austin Convention Center
500 East Cesar Chavez Street  /  512-646-7387

Galveston County Animal Shelter
3412 Loop 197 North  /  Texas City, TX 77590
Alexis or Gwen Norman: 409-948-2485

Helen Woodward Animal Center
6461 El Apajo Road Rancho  /  Santa Fe, CA 92067
858-756-4117, fax: 858-756-1466

Marin County Humane Society
171 Bel Marin Keys Blvd  /  Novato, CA 94949
415-883-4621, fax: 415-382-1349

In tribute to Spike, 15 pounds of Yorkie love found alive in the New Orleans East apartment of evacuee Brenda Johnson, more than two weeks after his family fled Hurricane Katrina. This directory lists USA shelters with Katrina and Rita animals, plus resources for missing, found reports, rescuers on the ground, lost pet databases, more.

Missing Animal Reports

Kinship Circle
Animal Reports
Record All Known:

  1. Animal guardian's full name

  2. Address animal(s) trapped or last seen

  3. Phone/email for animal guardians and/or any volunteers helping in search

  4. Animal(s) Details:
    • Animal's Name
    • Species (cat, dog, etc)
    • Breed (ie: Shorthair Tabby)
    • Gender (Spay/Neuter Status)
    • Age
    • Color, Markings
    • Unique Characteristics
    • Special Medical Needs
    • Any Details Relevant To Animal ID

  5. If permission is granted to enter home, including break down doors, windows

  6. Where animal(s) hide in home, yard

  7. If guardians can reclaim and arrange animal(s) transport
food/water maps, stranded cats, Jane Garrison 293x563

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 assignments to work on the ground with a Gulf Coast 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

Kinship Circle & ARF United For Animals Of The Storm

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 at its Mobile, AL shelter.

We Seek Drivers To Deliver From Mobile
  • To Abbeville, Lake Charles, and other Rita regions where cows and horses are stranded.
  • To Louisiana and Mississippi where return residents lack resources to feed their animals.
  • To sites where animals live in vacated homes with notes asking they be fed.
Transporters Need:
    ~ Large vehicles (trucks, trailers, SUVs).
    ~ To load/unload supplies at staging sites.
    Contact Julia Fischer.

Supply Needs
  • Flea Control Products (No Hartz products please. 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-Walking Devices
  • Puppy Pads
  • Grooming (clippers, blades, brushes)
  • Vari-Kennels (for relocation travel)
  • Large Dog Cages, Leashes, Collars
  • Doggie Pooper Scoopers
  • Odorant
  • Bleach, Cleaning Supplies, Trashcans
  • Large "Circus Type" Fly Tents
  • Water, Gatorade
  • Diesel Fuel

    To Donate Supplies, Contact Julia Fischer
    1. State day/time you'll arrive with supplies.
    2. Describe type/quantity of supplies.
    3. Arrange for someone to meet you.
Brenda Shoss, Kathy Sweeney and Ramona Billot load animals for Kinship Circle to transport for outstate adoption 290x240