Responding to the Destruction of Katrina: A Message from our DeanFOR RELEASE: Sept. 13, 2005
Don't Forget the Animals:
As the flood waters recede, it is tempting to think that our help is no longer needed. However, for many of the animals and their caregivers, the labor and the agony increases daily as injured and sick animals are being added to those that are homeless.
On September 12th, we deployed the first of two teams of veterinary specialists, technicians and fourth-year students to assist Louisiana State University cope with the over 1,100 pets that have been saved from the affected area. I am pleased to report that the team arrived safely in Baton Rouge last evening and is now on site.
A second team will join them next weekend, bringing a total of 10 Cornell volunteers. Our first response was to send two shipments of emergency veterinary supplies to the affected area. These arrived on September 4th and 8th, respectively.
We have also committed $10,000 relief funds to be deployed by the national veterinary college association (AAVMC) to be used at both Louisiana State and Mississippi State Colleges of Veterinary Medicine.
Cornell's cost for these relief efforts is substantial, and that need is being met by generous donations from faculty, staff and students; and from friends in Ithaca and throughout the country. I am especially pleased to note a substantial donation from the Triad Foundation, led by Mr. Roy H. Park, Jr., a Cornell Trustee.
If you would be willing to help in the animal relief efforts, contributions may be made to one of the following:
College of Veterinary Medicine
Louisiana Veterinary Medical Association
The American Veterinary Medical Foundation