|Posted: Sun Apr 01, 2007 9:03 pm
|Here's the article - Thank You Mr. Long!
Katrina pups safe in Hamilton
Ted Brellisford, the Hamilton Spectator
The Hamilton/Burlington SPCA has received 15 pups that were rescued from an animal shelter in Louisiana. The dogs will be available for adoption by noon on Tuesday.
Dogs were about to be euthanized until BARK founder rescued them
By Marcel Vanderwier
Special to The Hamilton Spectator
(Jan 13, 2007)
The hurricane Katrina relief effort just came a whole lot closer to home. And if you like puppies, you can help.
A shipment of homeless puppies arrived this week from a shelter in Bastrop, La., as U.S. shelters and animal rescue organizations continue to be overwhelmed with dogs.
Last weekend, Julian Long, founder of the Boudreaux Animal Rescue Krewe (BARK), packed 54 dogs onto a trailer and began the 24-hour trek to Ontario in his white Ford van.
These dogs come from the shelter of an 84-year-old Louisiana woman who had been rescuing local animals since the hurricane. Mary Helen Turpin is being forced to retire as her funds become exhausted and her husband faces open heart surgery.
She called Long in tears, begging him to help save her puppies from pending death. At the time, her shelter was bursting with more than 150 dogs, and they were scheduled to be euthanized.
"Except they don't euthanize, they shoot the dogs," said Jillian Donaghey, 25, one of the three who made the trip to Ontario.
"They were actually due to be shot the week we took them. I think it's horrible."
"When hurricane Katrina hit, there were millions of dogs left behind," said Donaghey. Many skeptical New Orleans' residents left their pets at home when they fled to Baton Rouge to weather the storm.
"There were personal pets and also a ton of strays. So they're still having problems down there, trying to deal with that."
BARK is based in Alexandria, La., a city approximately three hours north of New Orleans.
It was their fifth trip to Canada, said Donaghey. Each trip takes over three days.
The Hamilton/Burlington SPCA at 245 Dartnall Rd. received 15 of the 84 dogs on Monday. They will monitor them for at least a week.
"We want to make sure there are no health issues with them, and if there are, of course we'd want those addressed immediately with a veterinarian," said vice-president Jacqueline Roth. "Then after we deem them healthy, they will become available for adoption."
She hopes to have the pups -- which include black Labs, hound-beagle mixes and a chow -- ready by noon Tuesday.
To check, phone 905-574-7722, ext. 310.