MONTGOMERY - Alabama animal shelters have opened their doors to hundreds of pets displaced by Hurricane Katrina and many more are expected as rescuers locate more lost cats and dogs in hard-hit parts of Louisiana and Mississippi.
Teams working with The Humane Society of the United States have already rescued two-thousand pets, as of Friday. But animal-rights activists estimate that tens of thousands remain and have only a few more days to live without food and water. Now that the bulk of the human rescue is complete, Humane Society officials say the government need to use the military and police resources in the area for pet rescues. Many of the rescued pets will be brought from a staging area in Jackson, Mississippi, to shelters in Montgomery, Birmingham and Anniston.
Alabama shelters are also caring for pets turned in by evacuees who have sought refuge in state or who have returned home to try to assess their damages.