Truckee’s Humane Society will receive pets from New Orleans
While nearly 200,000 families are struggling to come to grips with the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, their pets are feeling the effects too.Thousands of homeless animals across the Gulf region have been rescued. But with so many pets in need of TLC, local Humane Society volunteers say the job must be shared.On Monday the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe will receive two dozen displaced animals from the Sacramento Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. The cats and dogs, which have all been quarantined and treated by volunteer staff from the University of California, Davis veterinary center, were originally from New Orleans, but are now without homes and owners.”There is not enough space in our shelter, so we have got to get some foster families for these animals as soon as we can,” said Humane Society volunteer Joyce Taylor, who has been helping to organize this effort. “They have all been photographed and registered on petfinder.com, so the hope is that they will eventually be reunited with their owners.”The pets will need foster care until the end of the year, at which point they can be permanently adopted if they have not been claimed by their rightful owners, said Humane Society Executive Director Stephanie Hiemstra.People interested in fostering an animal should be aware that some of them have health problems because of the conditions they were exposed to and the stress they have experienced as a result. However, any additional medical care needed while the animal is in foster care will be provided free of charge by the Humane Society. “We desperately need help, not only with the Katrina animals, but we also need homes for the other animals that have been here in order to be able to accommodate the new ones,” Hiemstra said. “This is a great opportunity for people to not only help locally, but to also help with this huge national tragedy. These little guys have been through hell in the past five weeks, and I am so happy that this little mountain town is able to help.”If you are interested in helping the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe find foster homes for the pets coming from the Gulf Coast, call 587-5948.