"Stranded cat on top of a fence awaits rescue" from What About Cats.
We've found the focus of our hurricane relief efforts -- one of our longtime "pet" causes -- the Animal Rescue League of Boston. As part of a national network in collaboration with the American Humane Association, ARL Boston dispatched a team of four specialists in two vehicles from their Dedham facility this morning and headed for Nashville, where they will set up a base of operations and then move out from there to wherever they can do the most good in the coming days to deliver disaster relief to displaced animals. They will be joined tomorrow by Chief Operating Officer Nicholas Gilman, who reports:
The team is equipped to handle large and small animal rescue, floodwater and swiftwater rescue and to assist in transportation of large animals.
We've spoken with ARL Boston's Director of Communications, Tom Adams, who sent along some background material and has promised to keep us posted on the team's progress. They're taking along a digital camera loaned by local WHDH-TV, Channel 7 so we're hoping to get some images to post here in the coming days. Meantime, Tom invites our support:
We welcome donations to help with rescue efforts like our work aiding the animals affected by Hurricane Katrina. Donations may be made through our web site at www.arlboston.org; by phone to (617) 426-9170, Ext. 138 or by mail to
The Animal Rescue League
P.O. Box 265
Boston, MA 02117
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