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July 16th, 2010
06:47 AM ET

Gulf animal shelters packed with abandoned pets

Many have seen the heart-breaking images of pelicans and turtles in the gulf covered in crude and choking for air, but there are many new victims of the oil spill. Hundreds of pets in Louisiana are being abandoned by their owners. Sadly with jobs vanishing and money tight, people simply can't afford to feed them. Local Louisiana shelters are swamped. Randi Kaye reports.

Filed under: Gulf Oil Spill
soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. JustSaying

    Most towns have local, private, all volunteer rescue groups where all the NON-PAID volunteers spend their time, money, sweat and tears to rescue and place wonderful animals in homes. They are always in need of financial and supply help.

    July 19, 2010 at 12:20 am |
  2. noreen

    Isn't there a way that someone can open a pet foodbank. If you have no food for you family you get help you don't send your kids away. These animals love too.
    Where is all the people that got money and the pet food makers here when they are needed. Help the pets by staying with owners not confuse them by sending them to other places. Pets love too just like kids love.

    July 16, 2010 at 9:21 am |
  3. Charwv

    Have you donated your time or money to help an Animal Shelter recently?

    July 16, 2010 at 9:09 am |
  4. KAREN

    the animal always is the looser when a disaster it seeems. however the case of beer they will buy or the appointment for the fake nails they will get will buy alot of dog/cat food. really, the average adult eats too much as it is so they could share.

    July 16, 2010 at 7:48 am |
  5. Katy Kile

    I am interested in Panda. Please get in touch with me asap. My husband and I lost our husky In May of 2009, and that little doll revived my interest in being a puppy mom again. We have no other pets, so I would like someone to be in touch-need information about the little one. Thank you, Katy Kile

    July 15, 2010 at 11:07 pm |
  6. Solange Darcy

    I propose that anyone who can volunteer become a partner family to any family who had to gave up their pet due to financial hardship.

    The original family reclaims their pet after identifying a partner who will agree to subsidize the food and other care for the pet as long as the hardship exits.

    The first contact can be made from the family to the potential partner by email and then by phone to finalize the practical details.

    To avoid abuse, I suggest that initially, all the La families involved receive unscheduled follow=-up calls from the ASPCA or AHS.

    I volunteer as a partner.


    July 15, 2010 at 10:19 am |

    There is absolutely NO excuse to abandon your former "BEST FRIEND".
    If you cannot pay for food, it is your responsibility to find him a new home or at least have the heart to turn him in to the local humane society.
    NO EXCUSE TO DO OTHERWISE! He can always eat your scraps!

    July 15, 2010 at 9:08 am |