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Louisana Dogs Look for New “Best Friends"

FORKED RIVER, NJ – Three years after Hurricane Katrina ravaged New Orleans and its suburbs, and months after a smaller storm – Hurricane Gustav – caused considerable damage to the Gulf shore region, residents of Louisiana are still trying to put their lives and their state back together.

Dogs have been a silent victim from these storms. Overcrowded shelters are still seeing a population boom of abandoned and unwanted dogs. Unfortunately, most never get a chance at adoption and about 90 percent are euthanized by gas chamber – a process illegal in many states because it is considered cruel and inhumane.

Associated Humane Societies/Popcorn Park, in partnership with the Best Friends Animal Network, a national organization based in Utah, has saved six small dogs from the Louisiana gas chambers and brought them to its Animal Care Center in Forked River, where they are now looking for forever homes.

There are two wire haired terrier mix dogs, a Chihuahua/Jack Russell terrier mix and a cocker spaniel/poodle mix. Two small terrier-mixes that were rescued must be adopted together to one family. All six dogs have been spayed or neutered, and examined by AHS veterinary staff. All six will also be heartworm tested before they can be adopted.

"After living most of their days under pretty bad circumstances, these six little dogs are so lucky to have been saved from a cruel final fate. We are happy to be able to take in these six dogs from Best Friends but also recognize that there are hundreds, maybe thousands, of other dogs who will not be as lucky," said Roseann Trezza, Executive Director, Associated Humane Societies/Popcorn Park. "The sad truth is, even in our own neighborhoods, more and more dogs, puppies, cats and kittens are being abandoned or given up by their owners who are having a tough time putting their lives together in these tough economic times. We at Associated Humane Societies will continue to do as much as we can – as much as the public supports us – to help animals who need us most."

Upon adoption, all dogs will be vaccinated and microchipped. They will also receive a leash, collar and identification tag and a small bag of Hill’s pet food. All pets have a 10-day medical guarantee.

rescued dogIt is important to note that none of the animals currently residing at the AHS Animal Care Centers were euthanized to make room for these newcomers. But they need homes, too.

Along with the six dogs brought from Louisiana, there are hundreds of dogs, puppies, cats, kittens and small animals available for adoption at the AHS shelters. You can check them out before meeting them in person by logging on to

If you can’t take in a dog or give a donation, but want to do something, Associated Humane Societies offers a variety of ways to help animals.

Download Gustav Pet Rescue Press Release


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