How You Can Help

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, we cannot forget about the hundreds of animals that were either left behind or moved to other shelters.

APPA has been in contact with the Louisiana SPCA to identify specific needs of animal shelters across Louisiana and in surrounding states that are providing assistance. They are in the process of re-locating shelter operations to Baton Rouge and will be in contact with additional needs in the coming days. However, there is an immediate need for pet products as animal evacuations and recovery plans for New Orleans pets and displaced animals gets underway.

List of Charities and Other Nonprofit Organizations Helping Pets Affected by Hurricane Katrina


The ASPCA Disaster Relief Fund helps shelters and organizations across the country that are impacted by natural disasters.

American Humane Association's Animal Emergency Services

The American Humane Association announced that it will deploy its Animal Emergency Services rescue rig to join its fleet of vehicles and volunteer responders already staged in Mississippi, to respond to the needs of Hurricane Katrina's animal victims.

American Veterinary Medical Foundation

Veterinary Medical Assistance Teams (VMAT), established by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and funded primarily by the American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF), are working as part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) to care for injured animals, as well as provide advice concerning public health issues

Best Friends

Best Friends Animal Society is working with local officials and animal rescue groups in areas devastated by Hurricane Katrina to help reunite people with their pets.

The Humane Society of the United States

HSUS animal response units are in Jackson, Mississippi, and on the western edge of the impact area, coordinating with other rescue efforts and ready to move into the worst-hit regions to respond to the hundreds of pleas for help from pet owners.

International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW)

IFAW is working with the United Animal Nation's EARS team and Code 3 Associates, Inc. to send its 78-foot disaster-relief and response mobile unit to rescue animal victims and reunite them with their families.

Noah's Wish

10 member Noah's Wish initial team is now in the outlying areas of the disaster area.

Animal League

NSAL is gearing up for a south - north transport to bring pets from affected shelters up to NY.

Petco "Round Up Your Change Counts" will continue to assess damage and needs of animal shelter and rescue organizations . The Foundation will assist the shelters affected.

Petsmart Charities

United Animal Nations Emergency Animal Rescue Service (EARS)

The State of Louisiana Office of Emergency Services has given Sacramento, California-based UAN permission to enter the state and assist with animal disaster relief and rescue efforts.