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Wednesday, August 31, 2005

'Noah's Wish' to Save Pets

Louisiana groups make animal evacuation and recovery plans

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) - A Madison County, Illinois, prosecutor is leaving this week for the Gulf Coast to offer assistance to some lower profile hurricane victims -- family pets.

Amy Maher is a coordinator for a national organization called Noah's Wish, which works to save as many pets as possible during such catastrophes.

More than a hundred Noah's Wish volunteers are expected to arrive in Louisiana tomorrow.

Various Louisiana animal welfare groups are managing animal evacuations and recovery plans for New Orleans pets and displaced animals.

The Louisiana Veterinary Medical Association is currently accepting pets at the Blackham Coliseum in Lafayette, LSU in Shreveport, the Monroe Civic Center for small animals and the Ike Hamilton Center for large animals in Monroe.

Pets are also being accepted at the Farmer's Market in Alexandria, and the LSU Agriculture Center at Parker Coliseum in Baton Rouge.

Owners must be housed in a Red Cross shelter and are responsible for caring for their animals, including feeding and cleaning. Animals will be accepted 24 hours a day, and veterinarians will be on hand to handle any medical needs.

Visit them on the Internet at noahswish.org


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