FEMA had announced a couple of weeks ago that they would allow the national guard to help save animals but that was a political ploy apparently because the animal rescuers are still appealing for help from Bush's government:
The Humane Society of the US has issued the urgent plea below: Go to web site to request needed animal rescue help from the federal government:
But the troops actions were not ordered by the National Guard nor by the White House, the Defense Department, the Department of Homeland Security, or the state of Louisiana. In fact, despite our repeated requests, none of these entities has formally agreed to marshal their ground forces to help rescue the pets and other animals slowly starving to death in the affected areas.
At apress conference just a few hours ago, I implored the federal government to come up with the nation's first animal rescue plan.
Now, I am writing to ask you to give them the same message:
Time is running out for these animals. Every hour that passes means more pets, locked behind closed doors in the disaster zone, will die of starvation. Our teams are working as hard as they can to reach as many pets as they can - and as we reported to you on Wednesday, we've rescued thousands. But there are thousands more.
At this 11th hour, when so many lives are at stake, we are asking you to help. Contact these officials today before it is too late. Please click here to call or send an email to President Bush and other federal and state officials who have the power to order National Guardsmen and other responders to assist with food drops, help supply our own operations, and do whatever else it takes to save animals.
One of our rescuers said it best: We should not have to rely on the compassionate instincts of individual Guardsmen to rescue these animals. We need the full commitment of the government.
Members of Congress have also been calling on President Bush and the federal agencies to actively assist with direct animal rescue. With most of the human victims of the catastrophe removed from the city, it's not too late to save animals' lives. It's time for the government to recognize the incredible bond between people and their pets, and step in to help.
Thank you so much for your support of our disaster teams, and for all you do for animals.
President & CEO
The Humane Society of the United State