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Hurricane Katrina

Letter from GPA/Louisiana

Friday, September 9, 2005


Please forgive the delay in responding. Just wanted to give you an update on things.

As of yesterday, Judi McGovern, our director, is still without electricity and water, but she and the family seem to be doing well. Their fence was damaged by the wind and they are having a time keeping 8 hounds contained in a make-shift fenced area when it's potty time! Judi and Harold received a huge donation of goods apparently gathered by folks from Greytalk and delivered by Kevin Fish and Heather Powers from Gulfport, Mississippi. Judi said they drove up to her house in a Hummer full of stuff for people and pets! I have received monetary donations from hound folks around the country and thanks to Cara Brockhoff, Carla Meyers and others, online auctions are taking place to benefit GPA/LA. I have also received calls and emails from people willing to open their homes to people and hounds, assist with transportation, and even maintain our website. The outpouring of generosity and love is very touching and appreciated by all of us.

Fortunately, I have not had many desperate calls from people needing help with their hounds during all of this. We have needed a few foster homes, but nothing overwhelming. Our needs as an organization to date have been minimal, but there is no way to know what the future will bring. We plan to use donations to assist hounds and their families with immediate needs such as food, flea control, heartworm prevention, boarding fees and repairing fencing. Yesterday, I received a phone call from Scott Sanders, the new VP of GPA National. He confirmed that there are folks everywhere who want to help, and he informed me they raised $5000 at the convention for hurricane relief efforts for the southern states. Amazing!

I would like to mention that while I am not currently aware of many displaced greyhounds from this horrific event, there is an overwhelming number of other pets who are displaced. The LaSPCA and other animal rescue groups from across the country are going into New Orleans every day and saving pets from homes and from the streets. These pets are being brought back to emergency shelters for care until they can be reunited with their loved ones. The need for supplies and volunteers at these shelters is great and will continue to be. I would encourage folks to donate to their favorite charity's hurricane disaster relief fund to help with the future needs of these efforts.

Thanks to everyone who has called, emailed, sent donations, offered assistance and included us in your prayers. I always believed the greyhound community was unique and special and this week my belief was confirmed!

If people would like to send donations directly to our organization, they can be mailed to me at the following address:

c/o Lilla Whitehead
17228 E. Rockbridge Avenue
Baton Rouge, LA 70817

I may be reached at (225) 753-8462 or via email at

Bless you all,

Some organizations helping Hurricane Katrina victims:

American Veterinary Medical Foundation is sending in teams of veterinarians trained in disaster situation. VMAT teams are working as part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) to care for injured animals. Please see their website for donations.

Noah's Wish has set up an emergency shelter for the New Orleans area. This organization deals exclusively with animals affected by disasters. Donate to Noah's Wish by visiting their website.

The ASPCA Disaster Relief Fund

The Humane Society of the United States

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