[Histonet] Further information of animal rescue and assistance

From:Pamela Marcum

Good Morning All,

The following attachment is from the Dean of LSU Veterinary School in Baton 
Rogue.  I know we have so many evacuees to worry about and the animals can 
be forgotten in the wake of the disaster.   I have spoken to a person in 
Houston (she can let you know what she did if she wishes) and I asked her 
about the animals that were coming in with the evacuees.  She says they are 
housed in a kennel type area near the complex and cared for by local 
veterinarians and volunteers.  They will also need the same types of 
materials listed below.  I am not sure what has been set up in Texas but I 
sure if you are local and have experience in the Vet field or can help 
please try to contact some one and help.    I again, hope no one is 
offended by this posting however we domesticate these animals and now they 
are suffering right along with the owners.


We at the School of Veterinary Medicine, like everyone
else in  the country, are overwhelmed by what we have seen on the news
in the wake of  Hurricane Katrina.  In an effort to help our colleagues
and fellow  citizens, the School is working with the Louisiana
Veterinary Medical  Association, the Louisiana Animal Control
Association, and the Louisiana SPCA  to provide shelter and care for
those pets that have traveled with their  owners from the flooded areas
and animals that have been rescued from those  areas.

The School's  faculty, staff and students are volunteering
their time at the Parker  Coliseum on the LSU campus and the
Lamar-Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales, La.,  where animals are being
sheltered.  This is not something that will end  in a few days.  The
School will require on-going support from the  community.  We
desperately need volunteers, especially veterinarians and  veterinary
technicians, to help us in this effort.  Non-veterinary  volunteers are
also welcome, though only those people that have been  vaccinated for
rabies will be able to work directly with the  animals.

The animal  shelters are in dire need of large crates and
cages.  The volunteers  also need ice, beverages and food.  Other
animal supplies, such as food,  cat litter, pooper scoopers, vaccines,
antibiotics, bandages, and catheters  are also welcome and needed.
Monetary donations can be made to the Louisiana  Veterinary Medical
Association by calling 1-800-524-2996 or  225-928-5862.  You can also
download a donation form at the LVMA website  at 
www.lvma.org, or send
a check or money order made payable to the Dr.  Walter J. Ernst, Jr.
Veterinary Memorial Foundation, 8550 United Plaza Blvd.,  Suite 1001,
Baton Rouge, LA 70809.

It is during times of adversity and tragedy that people
must  come together.  The School of Veterinary Medicine, along with
state and  local animal organizations, wants to do our part by caring
for as many  animals as possible.  Please help us in our efforts.
Veterinarians and  veterinary technicians who want to volunteer
assistance can contact Dr. David  Senior at the School of Veterinary
Medicine at 225-578-9551 
or  dsenior@vetmed.lsu.edu.  Non-veterinary
volunteers can contact the  School of Veterinary Medicine at
225-578-9900.  Thank you for your  prayers and support.

Michael G. Groves,  DVM
School of Veterinary Medicine
Louisiana State  University
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
Phone:  (225) 578-9900/Fax:   (225) 
578-9916/Web:  www.vetmed.lsu.edu

Best Regards,

Pamela A Marcum
Manager, Histology Special Procedures
University of Pennsylvania
School of Veterinary Medicine
R.S. Reynolds Jr.  CORL
New Bolton Center
382 West Street Road
Kennett Square, PA 19348

Phone - 610-925-6278
Fax     - 610-925-8120
E-mail - pmarcum@vet.upenn.edu 

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