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Responding to the Destruction of Katrina: A Message from our Dean

FOR RELEASE: Sept. 6, 2005

The sometimes forgotten victims of Hurricane Katrina are the pets, horses, livestock and other animals left without homes, food or shelter as their human companions have evacuated. Cornell's College of Veterinary Medicine is working closely with Louisiana State University as they are on the front line of rescue and care efforts for pets and other animals.

Our response has three dimensions. First, we have sent two shipments of emergency veterinary supplies, and will continue to provide more until the acute needs are met.

Second, we will be providing a cash gift to be deployed through our parent organization, the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges.

Our greatest effort, however, is to provide direct veterinary assistance on the ground in Louisiana. To that end, we are deploying two teams of veterinary specialists (including surgeons and an internist), as well as veterinary technicians and fourth-year veterinary students. The first team arrives in Baton Rouge this weekend.

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
Office of the Dean
S2005 Schurman Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853
Please mark check "Katrina"

Louisiana Veterinary Medical Association
8550 United Plaza Blvd., Suite 1001, Baton Rouge, LA 70809
Dr. Walter J. Ernst Veterinary Memorial Foundation (mark "Katrina")

The American Veterinary Medical Foundation
1931 N. Meacham Road, Suite 100
Schaumburg, IL 60173