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has anyone seen this yet? April 03, 2006 2:43 PM

permission to crosspost 4/3/06: Memorial for Katrina’s Animals, Time Up at Roicy Duhon/Lafayette, LA 1. Evening of Remembrance: Memorial for the Animal Victims of Katrina From: Please show your support by attending - Evening of Remembrance: Memorial for the Animal Victims of Katrina WHEN: Tuesday, April 4, 2006, 6:30pm WHERE: Munholland United Methodist Church 1201 Metairie Road, Metairie, Louisiana 70001 Complimentary reception to follow, 7:30pm to 9:30pm Sponsored by the Humane Society of Louisiana (HSLA) +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ 2. ROICY DUHON/LAFAYETTE, LA .... TIME UP TODAY, MONDAY, APRIL 3 5 PM From: Kate Danaher, From: Debbie, Date: Mon, 3 Apr 2006 IF YOU CAN HELP, CONTACT: Debbie, or Jennifer Rohrbach at VIEW ANIMALS: Unless held over, most of these animals will die tomorrow morning. It is likely that the puppies, and perhaps a couple others will be held, but I walked through stray hold Thursday and it was packed. We had only 417 hits on the Petfinder site yesterday. I cannot recall in the last 2 years so few hits, and we cannot save these lives with so little interest. So I am begging, please forward to any legit rescue group who has the ability to be there TODAY, or to anyone who will provide a good home to these animals who can get there TODAY. They will not hold for you or ship, so please don't call and ask. If you can financially contribute to a rescue group who is within driving distance to encourage them to take an animal, please do, realizing that it can cost as much as $500 if the animal has heartworms and needs boarding...more if the dog is dysplastic, etc. So, while each and every donation is appreciated no matter how small, please understand how much it costs to get an animal out of the shelter and please understand if a local rescue just can't do it right now. It is the same ones each week who save these animals, and they are past full and broke. If you are not familiar with Roicy Duhon Animal Control, it is a rabies control facility in Lafayette parish, a parish that has grown by about 30,000 due to the hurricanes. They only have 12 adoption kennels for dogs and limited cat cages. They kill by gas twice a week because of space limitations. They are rabies control vs. adoption, meaning their function is to get the strays off the street and control disease, not to adopt them out. The Lafayette Consolidated Government risk manager will allow no foster or volunteer program. Many in the parish are totally unaware of this facility, or that it is an euthanizing facility, or that time can be so short. Strays are held a minimum 5 days, then go to adoption if deemed adoptable...keeping in mind there are only 12 adoption dog kennels, so that means some might not even get a chance if they are older, etc. Animals put out on Friday afternoon can be euthanized as early as Tuesday AM, meaning they get 1.5 days. Those being put up for adoption on Tuesday afternoon, can be euthanized as early as Friday morning, meaning they get 2.5 days. Please do not direct your complaints to the staff because they are a great group of people with a very small building and a very limited budget. ARNO (Animal Rescue New Orleans) has committed to take ALL Roicy animals that we can get fostered. They will pay vet bills. This will be a test with Roicy in Lafayette and St John's in Laplace, because we are both tiny facilities with a dozen adoption kennels. If it works, their goal will be do this with all kill shelters in the state eventually and move the animals through a network of rescue orgs throughout the country to eliminate the killing of unwanted animals in the state due to space constraints. ARNO is applying for funding from HSUS and have a critical meeting this week with HSUS representatives who will be down inspecting their operations. They estimate foster time to be up to 6 weeks. These animals would have to be isolated from any personal pets for a period of 10 days. Your personal pets would also have to be UPD on shots. Unfortunately, I have found very little local interest in Lafayette in helping the Roicy animals. This is sad but true. With the exception of a select few local rescue groups who continue to pull from Roicy, most support comes from out of town. I have trouble finding someone to hold a dog on their porch for 3 hrs, much less foster for 6 weeks. I am begging that the locals step up to the plate and make a place for one animal to make this work. While I appreciate the offers from across the country to foster, this must be on the state and local level. ARNO wants to change this state, but needs the help of locals to do it. IF YOU CAN HELP, CONTACT: Debbie, or Jennifer Rohrbach at  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
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