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Celebration Waystation

December 18, 2005

Celebration Waystation
Celebration Waystation” – Uploaded by Binary Blonde on 19th December, 2005.

This cutie is “Celebration”. She is a huge cuddlebug and loves meeting all the new volunteers. She is also our spokescat for the new facility we are in the process of setting up, located at a place that used to be named “Celebration Station”. ARNO/Best Friends Animal Society have partnered up to save the overwhelming amount of stray and feral animals in New Orleans and surrounding areas. I personally went out on a trapping mission today and there are cats, both stray and feral, everywhere in the uninhabited neighborhoods. More later, as I am exhausted.

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Bittersweet

December 16, 2005

Bittersweet
Bittersweet” – Uploaded by Binary Blonde on 17th December, 2005.

A unit of military police stopped by ARNO headquarters today to alert us about a “puppy” that a women noticed in a mound of debris. The women flagged them down. Long story short, we got the dog and I noticed she was ill, so I made the recommendation that she get to a 24 hour vet. They agreed, so we took her. Unfortunately, her prognosis wasn’t good. She has end stage heartworm, among other ills (fleas, mange, anemia, fluid in lungs). The heartworm is so severe that she could not survive treatment. She has just weeks left to live. I say bittersweet because she is now fed, bathed, warm and safe. At least her last remaining days will be filled with all the good and happy things a sweet dog like her deserves. I did not take a photo of “Merry” with my camera phone, but did with my digital and will upload them here when I return.

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A Good Start

December 16, 2005

A Good Start
A Good Start” – Uploaded by Binary Blonde on 16th December, 2005.

I arrived in New Orleans last night, after a 3 hour delay in Houston due to severe thunder storms. Today, our team, which included a mom who brought her ten year old daughter and myself, went into the city to leave food and water for stray animals. Soon ARNO, where this very adoptable dog is staying, will be moving to a much larger state-of-the-art facility. After we move operations, we can start trapping the animals that we are leaving food and water for. I hope to send before and after photos of the new location. I also found out that Alley Cat Allies sent the last of the cats they were caring for to their new homes. Now, they are going to dismantle base camp and start a massive spay/neuter campaign for the city. It’s a much better time for New Orleans animals and I am so happy to be a part of it all.

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Introduction

December 8, 2005

My story of doing Katrina pet rescue isn’t much different from others who felt the call. If you felt it, you know what I’m talking about. It’s an urge so strong that you can’t do anything else but follow it. And follow that urge, we did. Hundreds of us dropped everything we know – work, school, families, our own pets – to help the suffering animals we saw so much of in the media.

My personal story starts with an urgent email alert I received from Kinship Circle: “Alley Cat Allies needs IMMEDIATE help for Katrina Cat Rescue”. That was all I needed to see. I threw caution to the wind and made up my mind then and there. I filled out the form on their website and got an immediate reply.

Later that evening, when my husband, Kevin, returned home from work, I told him that I had to go help the animals in Louisiana. Deep down, I know he was expecting me to do something like this. He knows I can’t watch suffering without making an attempt to help eliviate it, most especially regarding animals.

I pleaded with him to understand that volunteering to help these animals was something that I just HAD to do. I explained that my skills as a veterinary technician and my experience with cats was in dire need for rescue groups in the region. He understood, and, with some reassurance that I would be safe, supported me in going.

Immediately, I started preparing for my trip. I drafted an email to my closest friends and family, explaining what I had decided to do, and asked them for monetary donations to defray the costs of my travel expenses. I also posted my plea on my website (www.binaryblonde.com) and added a PayPal donation button.

I must say that I am blessed with extremely supportive people in my life – my friends, family, and even complete strangers(!) came through – I raised $540 of my $600 goal before I left for my first trip on November 1st.

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